Valdosta Daily Times

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June 26, 2013

Surviving chip a fitting way for Ken Duke to win first Tour event

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Craig Dolch is a Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers correspondent with more than 30 years of golf writing experience.

 

Ken Duke profile

Ken Duke moves to No. 20 in the FedExCup standings with 842 points. Duke’s best career finish in the FedExCup was No. 22 in 2008 when he made his only appearance in the Tour Championship by Coca-Cola.

Duke’s 1st PGA Tour victory comes in his 187th Tour start at the age of 44 years, 4 months and 25 days.

Duke wins in his fifth start at the Travelers Championship: 2013/Win, 2012/T47, 2009/MC, 2008/T27 and 2004/T49. Six of the last eight winners of the Travelers Championship have been first-time Tour champions — J.J. Henry (2006), Hunter Mahan (2007), Bubba Watson (2010), Fredrik Jacobson (2011), Marc Leishman (2012) and Ken Duke (2013).

There have been 17 players who have picked up their first Tour win at the Travelers Championship: Ken Duke (2013), Marc Leishman (2012), Fredrik Jacobson (2011), Bubba Watson (2010), Hunter Mahan (2007), J.J. Henry (2006), Brent Geiberger (1999), Olin Browne (1998), Stewart Cink (1997), Billy Ray Brown (1991), Mark Brooks (1988), Mac O’Grady (1986), Phil Blackmar (1985), Tim Norris (1982), Don Bies (1975), Charles Sifford (1967) and Bob Toski (1953).

Ken Duke at the 2013 Travelers Championship: (Category Figures/Percentage Rank) Driving Accuracy 44 of 56 (78.6 percent) T10; Driving Distance 274.3 yards T59; Greens in Regulation 45 of 72 (62.5 percent) T62; Strokes Gained Putting 4.812 10; Total Putts 106 2

Duke is the 10th first-time winner on Tour this season. Last year there were nine first-time winners on Tour and 14 in 2011.

 

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