IRVING, Texas — David Duval gets only limited chances on the PGA Tour these days, much different from 15 years ago when he was the No. 1 player in the world.
So Duval gutted it out Thursday at the Byron Nelson Championship despite the pain from a muscle issue in his right elbow, a day after his stepson had to drive him because he couldn’t even use that arm.
“I’m just glad I chose to tee off today because I was seriously considering not,” said Duval, who almost withdrew about a half-hour before his round.
Duval, now 42 years old and ranked 890th in the world, birdied his last three holes — Nos. 7-9 — after pitching in from 57 feet for another birdie at the fifth hole. He shot 4-under-par 66, a stroke behind leader Peter Hanson and tied with Marc Leishman and Tim Wilkinson.
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After a bogey on his 12th hole, the 528-yard third hole, Duval was even par for his round. He had the long pitch on No. 5, and a similar shot from 43 feet at the par-5 seventh hole started his closing birdie stretch. He sank putts of 3½ and 17 feet to finish.
Duval hasn’t led at the end of any round on the PGA Tour since the fourth of five rounds in Las Vegas in 2002. This is only his eighth tournament this season, matching last year’s total.
Martin Kaymer, The Players Championship winner Sunday, was among eight players at 67, along with former Husky Alex Prugh.
Ryan Moore of Puyallup shot a 68. Michael Putnam from University Place had a 70. Kyle Stanley from Gig Harbor shot a 74. Former Husky Richard H. Lee had a 75.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Jay Haas, Mark Calcavecchia, Olin Browne and Chien Soon Lu shared the first-round lead at 3-under 69 in the Regions Tradition, the first of the 50-and-over tour’s five majors.
With windy, unseasonably cool conditions at Shoal Creek, it was the highest score for first-round leaders at the Tradition since three players tied at 3 under in 1990 at Desert Mountain Club in Arizona.
Defending champion David Frost had a 72, and Tom Lehman, the 2011 and 2012 winner, opened with a 73. Seattle native Fred Couples shot 74. Rick Fehr from Redmond had a 75.
• Former NCAA individual champions Azahara Munoz and Austin Ernst had strong finishes to share the first-round lead in the Kingsmill Championship at 6-under 65 in Williamsburg, Va. South Korea’s Hee Young Park shot 66. Former Husky Louise Friberg shot a 70. Jimin Kang, a graduate of King’s High School in Shoreline, had a 71.
• England’s Eddie Pepperell shot a 4-under 68 to take a one-stroke lead over Spanish stars Sergio Garcia and Miguel Angel Jimenez and six others in the Spanish Open in Girona.