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Ken Duke on Fire at Pebble Beach: A Fan's Reaction

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Even a record setting performance by Ken Duke couldn't bring him into the lead at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on February 9, 2012.

Duke had a disappointing front nine, but he made up for on the back, shooting only 28 shots. He finished a stroke off the lead, at 8-under-par. The lead was shared three ways, between Dustin Johnson, Charlie Wi and Danny Lee at 9-under.

With all these guys playing such amazing golf, it still wasn't enough to keep Tiger Woods out of the headlines. Woods finished the day at 4-under, five strokes off the lead, and everyone is talking about how promising that is. Really? It seems like this year people are wanting Tiger to win so badly that they are acting like everything he does is just the next step for him to return to greatness.

Don't get me wrong, I am a huge Tiger Woods fan. But let's be good fans, sit back and wait for him to have a brilliant showing at a tournament. There is no need to make it into a huge deal every time Tiger plays below average. That is simply not a story. So, all you Woods fans out there, be patient. He will return sooner or later, and at that point we can all applaud him.

With that said, let's get back to Pebble Beach. Defending champ D.A. Points and Bill Murray had a rather unimpressive first day. They made it clear that they are still going to have a good time while down there. Expect no less from Bill Murray.

As for Tony Romo, the Dallas Cowboys quarterback who is partnered with Tiger Woods, played excellent as he was expected to. Romo is a solid golfer, even outplaying Woods on a few holes.

Putting the celebrity aspect of this tournament aside, it is shaping up to be a great showdown amongst the professionals. If Ken Duke starts out round two like he finished the first one, everyone else better look out, because that guy was simply on fire.

Elias Bond grew up playing golf, and played religiously through high school and college. He still tries to find time to get out there for a round or two now and again, but seems to watch more than play these days.

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