David Duval at the 1999 Bob Hope — Getty ImagesThere are few defining moments in the history of non-major golf more exciting than the 1999 Bob Hope Classic. David Duval, who had won four events in 1998 and two heading into the five-round event in '99, was trailing heading into Sunday before going nuclear at the Palmer Course at PGA West, firing a 13-under 59 that included an eagle on the final hole to win the tournament by a shot.
It not only was one of the most dramatic comebacks in golf history, but it was one of the best final rounds in history and one of the most clutch putts in the history of the game. The Bob Hope (now Humana) event was defined by the 59 that Duval shot that day, but history can obviously slip from a sponsor's mind after years of bad golf.
Duval, who made just three of 13 cuts in 2012 and hasn't won an event since that 2001 British Open, was denied a sponsor's invite to this year's Humana after missing the cut badly a season ago and didn't take the news very well on Twitter.
So it's official. I will not get a spot at the Humana.
— David Duval (@david59duval) January 8, 2013
Duval then tweeted, "I guess having the defining moment in the history if the event doesn't matter," only to delete that tweet later and ask people not to bag on the tournament for not letting him in.
He went on to take blame for his struggles to qualify for a golf event, but you could tell Duval wasn't so happy that Humana didn't extend him an invite. I guess I can see where both are coming from, really. Tons of players are trying to get invites this year, especially without Q-School to look forward to, and handing one out to a guy that hasn't been relevant on tour in over a decade sans that one U.S. Open at Bethpage is a pretty tough thing to do.
I guess the bottom line is simply, qualify so it's never up to someone else to decide.