Considering how far he fell over the years, David Duval has good reason to feel vindicated heading into today's first round of the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill. But he doesn't.
"I don't see myself as back, or vindicated," the former Georgia Tech All-American said.
That three-way tie for second at the U.S. Open in June?
"I just did what I've been expecting to do and what I feel like I'm capable of doing," he said.
Once the world's No. 1 player, Duval will try to keep the momentum going in his first start since the U.S. Open.
"He's definitely back and you'll definitely see a lot more of him," said defending John Deere Classic champion Kenny Perry , a frequent practice-round partner of Duval's.
"His golf swing looks like it used to when he was dominating," Perry said.
Five years ago, Duval married Susan Persichitte . She already had three children of her own and the couple has since added two more. The family is a major motivator for Duval.
"They say, 'Well, we've seen you play well,' " he said. "And I'm like, 'No, you haven't, actually.' "
IMMELMAN STILL OUT: Trevor Immelman has withdrawn from the British Open next week at Turnberry because of a wrist injury that has been slow to heal.
Immelman, the 2008 Masters Tournament champion, also had to withdraw from the U.S. Open at Bethpage Black because of the injury, which he sustained at the Memorial.
Immelman said Wednesday he hopes to return at the Canadian Open, a week after the British Open.
"My wrist injury has been responding well to treatment, but at this point, it just isn't far enough along to allow me to be ready for the Open," he said. "As disappointing as it will be to not be there, I have to continue doing what's right for my longterm health."
REALISTIC TEEN: Japanese teenager Ryo Ishikawa has acknowledged that being a title contender in the upcoming British Open, or any other major, is beyond him at this early stage of his career.
"I may have to face my worst score ever. I may easily go double-digit over par," the 17-year-old Ishikawa said before departing for the July 16-19 on British Open at Turnberry.
Ishikawa missed the cut this year at the Masters, where he was given a special invitation. He also has received an invitation to the PGA Championship in August at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota.
"Majors are still out of my league, but I feel a little more relaxed than last time," Ishikawa said, referring to the Masters.