LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – David Duval at Q-School? It seems unthinkable, but it could happen.
Duval has entered Q-School, though said Friday it is “more than likely” that he will not attend. He started the season-ending Children’s Miracle Network Classic at No. 125 on the money list, but is likely to take a tumble after missing the cut.
The top 125 players on the money list at week’s end will be fully exempt on Tour in 2010. Nos. 126-150 will be conditionally exempt.
In his pre-tournament press conference, Duval said, “Say everything goes wrong from this week, I’m not certain I’m going to go (to Q-School).”
Well, everything did go wrong for Duval this week. He shot a first-round 76 Thursday to sit in 125th place in the 128-player field, and was in last place early Friday after making bogey on his first four holes.
Players in the 126-150 category can generally get in 15-20 events per year, but Duval will be able to fill out his schedule with plenty of sponsor exemptions.
“You don’t want to rely on (sponsor exemptions),” Duval said. “… That’s not a position you want to be in.”
It’s hard to believe that Duval was runner-up in this year’s U.S. Open, but may not keep his Tour card. However, it was his only top 25 of the year. Duval has made just six of his other 20 cuts, and has earned less than $70,000 outside of the U.S. Open.