Ken Duke


Kenneth Wootson Duke born January 29, 1969 is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour

Contents

  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Professional career
  • 3 Professional wins 5
    • 31 PGA Tour wins 1
    • 32 Nationwide Tour wins 2
    • 33 Canadian Tour wins 2
  • 4 Results in major championships
    • 41 Summary
  • 5 See also
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

Early lifeedit

Duke was born in Hope, Arkansas, the son of Ray and Bettie Duke As a seventh grader in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, he was diagnosed with scoliosis; it was determined that his spine had a curvature of over 26 percent, and he wore a back brace 23 hours a day Duke had surgery two years later after it was determined that his spine had a 51 percent curvature At Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock, on February 25, 1985, the day of the surgery, Duke's spine was at 72 degrees and worsening Once a 16-inch metal rod was attached to his spine, the curve of Duke’s back was set at 38 degrees, within the range of normal, and that’s where it has stayed ever since1 Months later, back playing for Arkadelphia High School, he won medalist honors in a high school district golf tournament while wearing a back brace2 In 1987, he was the Arkansas High School Medalist at Pleasant Valley Country Club in Little Rock3

Duke played his college golf at Division II Henderson State University Duke led the Reddies to four straight Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference titles and was a four-time AIC Golfer of the Year In 1992, he earned NAIA All-American honors3

Professional careeredit

After turning professional in 1994, Duke bounced around the world playing mini-tours and on the Asian Tour, South American Tour, and the Canadian Tour In 1999, he won twice on the Canadian Tour and led their Order of Merit Duke first played on what was then the Nike Tour in 1995 and qualified for the PGA Tour in 2004, but failed to keep his card and returned to the Nationwide Tour In 2006 he finished at the top of the Nationwide Tour money list and won the BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs, which regained his playing rights on the PGA Tour for 2007

After a slow start to the 2007 season, Duke hit a run of good form in the spring, with four consecutive top 10 finishes, elevating Duke into the top 100 of the Official World Golf Rankings

At the 2011 Nationwide Tour Championship, Duke secured his PGA Tour card with a win He jumped from 36th on the Tour's money list to seventh

On June 23, 2013, in his 187th start and after three runner-up finishes in his career, Duke broke through to win his first event on the PGA Tour at the Travelers Championship He beat Chris Stroud with a birdie on the second extra hole of a sudden-death playoff He entered the final round two shots back of the leaders, but shot a final round 66 to take the lead in the clubhouse before Stroud chipped in on the final green to force a playoff In the playoff, after both players made par on the first extra hole, Duke played his approach to within three feet Stroud, who was about 30 feet away, could not make a birdie, leaving Duke to convert from three feet for his first PGA Tour victory4

Professional wins 5edit

PGA Tour wins 1edit

No Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 Jun 23, 2013 Travelers Championship −12 69-68-65-66=268 Playoff Chris Stroud

PGA Tour playoff record 1–0

No Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 2013 Travelers Championship Chris Stroud Won with birdie on second extra hole

Nationwide Tour wins 2edit

No Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 Apr 30, 2006 BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs −13 69-68-68-68=273 1 stroke Jess Daley
2 Oct 30, 2011 Nationwide Tour Championship at Daniel Island −10 72-68-70-68=278 2 strokes Scott Brown

Canadian Tour wins 2edit

  • 1999 Shell Payless Open, Bayer Championship

Results in major championshipsedit

Tournament 1997 1998 1999
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP
US Open DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship CUT DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T35
US Open DNP DNP CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP T23 DNP CUT
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T18 T13 CUT
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT
US Open DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP T64 DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP T62 T57 DNP

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10

Summaryedit

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
US Open 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 1
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 2 5 4
Totals 0 0 0 0 0 3 14 7
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 4 2007 US Open – 2009 Masters
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 0

See alsoedit

  • 2003 PGA Tour Qualifying School graduates
  • 2006 Nationwide Tour graduates
  • 2011 Nationwide Tour graduates

Referencesedit

  1. ^ Miceli, Alex February 12, 2012 "Ken Duke's unlikely journey to Tour" Golfweek 
  2. ^ "Ken's Story" Ken Duke website Retrieved June 3, 2014 
  3. ^ a b Mitchell, Troy October 17, 2013 "Ken Duke: A Story of Patience and Perseverance" Henderson State University 
  4. ^ "Ken Duke wins PGA Tour's Travelers Championship in playoff over Chris Stroud" ESPN Associated Press June 23, 2013 Retrieved June 23, 2013 

External linksedit

  • Official website
  • Ken Duke at the PGA Tour official site
  • Ken Duke at the Official World Golf Ranking official site


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