ProfessionalismJuly 18, 2019

British Open 2019: David Duval's commendable reaction to his disastrous Open start

148th Open Championship - Day One
RKPORTRUSH, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 18: David Duval of the United States plays out of the rough on the seventh hole during the first round of the 148th Open Championship held on the Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush Golf Club on July 18, 2019 in Portrush, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)

The PGA Tour Player Handbook has a section titled “Conduct Unbecoming a Professional.” But what about conduct becoming a professional?

It does not address that, but that’s OK. David Duval did so after his 20-over par 91 in the first round of the British Open at Royal Portrush in Portrush, Northern Ireland, on Thursday.

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Duval, who has a claret jug on a resume that is borderline World Golf Hall of Fame caliber, took a 14 on the par-4 seventh hole en route to a front nine of 49. It was the kind of hole in the kind of round that might have caused integrity-challenged golfers to walk off the course, or at the very least to avoid the ignominy of having their score posted for all to see by not signing the scorecard and taking a disqualification.

Not Duval. Here’s what he said after his round:

“You have an obligation as a professional athlete. If you play, you post your score. Am I happy about that? Is there some embarrassment to it? I don't know. But I teed off in the Open and I shot [91] today. So put it on the board.”

Well played on a day he did not play well.


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