Putter switch keys Duval's first-round 67 at Mayakoba

David Duval during the OHL Classic at Mayakoba.
David Duval during the OHL Classic at Mayakoba. ( Associated Press )

Friday, November 15, 2013

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico –– David Duval went back to a once trusty putter and poured in seven birdies to shoot an opening round 4-under 67 at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba.

After brooding over a balky putter last week at the McGladrey Classic and wondering about his stroke on the greens, Duval switched back to the Scotty Cameron by Titleist Newport putter he said he’s used for the better part of 16 years.

“I figured I’d live and die with it,” he said.

If Duval can keep it up in his second round, he could live to make his first cut of the 2013-14 PGA Tour season after only making one in eight starts in 2013. Duval’s 67 was his lowest opening round since he shot 66 at the 2011 Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

Still, Duval wasn’t satisfied.

“I played OK,” he said, “ but I hit it better last week.”

At the McGladrey Classic, his putter betrayed him, so he spent several hours on the practice putting green. So far, so good. He took 27 putts and finished off the first round with back-to-back birdies.

Duval hasn’t finished better than T-60 in the last two years.

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