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Ken Duke

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (47) / 1/29/1969
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 205

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Ken Duke carved out an even-par 36-36=72 in the final round of THE PLAYERS to conclude his seventh appearance on 10-under 278, down one spot into a four-way T3, five shy of champion and overnight leader Jason Day.
The 495th-ranked player in the world entering the week bags his first top 10 of the season in his 10th start. Okay, it's actually his first top-30 finish of the season with a previous best of T37 at The Honda Classic. It's easily his best at TPC Sawgrass as well, supplanting T37 on debut in 2007. The 47-year-old began his final frame on 10-under (T2), four back. He split nine (of 14) fairways and mustered 11 greens in regulation and 1.727 putts per GIR. The Palm City, Florida, resident bogeyed holes 1, 8, 10 and 15, three on failed scrambles and 3-putting the par-4 10th from 30'4". He erased the damage with four birdies on 2, 5, 11 and 16, three of which were of the bounce-back variety and adding a 15-footer at the par-4 fifth for his long of the day. It's his best finish on TOUR since his lone win at the 2013 Travelers. May 15 - 7:34 PM

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Ken Duke painted a 7-under-par 30-35=65 on Moving Day at THE PLAYERS to post 10-under 206, up 54 places on the live leaderboard to T2 and good for a share of the 54-hole clubhouse lead with Hideki Matsuyama. UPDATE: With play completed, Duke is in a three-way T2, four shy of 54-hole leader Jason Day.

The Florida resident hasn't made a cut at TPC Sawgrass since T54 in 2008, exiting early in 2009, 2012, 2013 and 2014. He entered the week 495th in the Official World Golf Ranking, which is the second lowest in the 144-man field other than 58-year-old Bernhard Langer. The 47-year-old began the third frame off No. 10 tee, one inside the cut line on 3-under (T56), after opening in 74-67. He bogeyed the par-5 11th (failed scramble) but then played his final 16 holes in blemish-free 8-under, circling Nos. 12, 16, five straight on 3-7, and capping with a walk-off 4 to come home in 6-under 30. Duke's 65 is not the low lap of the week -- 63 was carded once each in R1 and R2 -- but he's currently 10.577 strokes better than the field avg. in near-ridiculous course conditions for R3.
May 14 - 6:14 PM

Ken Duke grinded out a 5-under-par 32-35=67 during the first round of the Zurich Classic.

The PGA TOUR veteran kicked off the week on the back nine and traded two birdies with one bogey before making the turn. The bogey came as a result of a missed 3-footer to save par. After the turn, he roped in a 36'1" birdie bomb on the par-4 first hole and parlayed that into four more circles over the next six holes. It wasn't always easy today, as he saved par from outside five feet on three occasions, helping to pad his strokes gained putting total of +2.051. Duke owns four top 25s in eight tries at TPC Louisiana, so it's safe to say he likes the layout this week.
Apr 29 - 11:28 AM

Ken Duke took a step back in round two of the Valspar Championship as he signed for a 2-over-par 35-38=73 to reach the halfway mark at 2-under 140.

Nobody expected a bogey-free week out of the overnight co-leader Duke, but three bogeys and a triple were a bit much after yesterday's sparkling blemish-free, 4-under 67. The heavy damage was done at the par-3 13th where he rinsed his tee ball, and also missed a 4'6" double-bogey putt to settle for a six. Duke bounced back nicely on the following hole as he dropped in a 22'4" birdie bomb to avoid a complete ejection. His putter continued to bail him out throughout the day as he rolled in four total putts from outside 11 feet, three from outside 16 feet. Considering the triple he took at the par 3, Duke should be feeling pretty good as he enters the weekend just three strokes off the lead.
Mar 11 - 5:50 PM

Ken Duke bombarded Innisbrook Resort's Copperhead Course with a bogey-free, 4-under-par 35-32=67 to fire out of the gates at this week's Valspar Championship and grab a piece of the early clubhouse lead.

Duke came out victorious with his battle against Mother Nature, signing a blemish-free rounds despite the swirling winds that wrecked havoc on the field this morning. He cruised along at 1-under through 12 holes before nearly acing the par-3 13th hole, landing his tee-ball to nine inches for an easy bird. Two holes later, he added a 45-foot birdie chip-in on the par-3 15th hole to reach 3-under. Duke hadn't used up all his mojo at that point, as he chipped in again for birdie at the last to join Keegan Bradley at the top of the leaderboard. A bogey-free round at Copperhead is noteworthy, but to do it in this morning's conditions is truly remarkable.
Mar 10 - 1:11 PM

Ken Duke twirled a 5-under-par 31-34=65 in the second round of The Honda Classic to post a two-day total of even-par 140, up 82 places on the live leaderboard to T24.

At No. 471 in the Official World Golf Ranking, Duke is the ninth-lowest-ranked player in the 144-man field. He entered his ninth appearance at PGA National 0-for-3 on the season with six (of seven) rounds over-par but did craft a 2-under 69 at Riviera CC last week before exiting early. In his eight prior Honda appearances, the 47-year-old trunk-slammed five times and in 18 rounds since the move to the current par-70 layout in 2007, he's been over-par in 14 of them, including his last five. The Palm City, Florida, resident opened with 5-over 75 on Thursday -- more in line with current/course form -- but chased with seven birdies (on 12 greens) and two bogeys on day two. His 65 is a new personal best eclipsing 67 in 2012/R1 and matches the low round of the week thus far shot by 18-hole co-leaders Sergio Garcia and 2013 Honda champ Michael Thompson.
Feb 26 - 12:06 PM

Ken Duke is set to make his 2015-16 debut with his eighth appearance at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Duke is 3-for-7 at TPC Scottsdale, missing his first three cuts and again last year (by three) on the newly renovated par-71 layout after rounds of 73-72. He featured on the 36-hole leaderboard in both 2013 and 2014 -- averaging 68.00 the first two rounds -- but each time fell out of the race with disappointing third rounds (71-72). The newly-minted 47-year-old (Jan. 29) hasn't played in 23 weeks (T62, Barclays). He finished 117th in FedExCup points last season on 30 starts.
Feb 3 - 7:47 AM

Ken Duke enjoyed some well-deserved time off ahead of his 2015-16 tournament debut.

Duke cracked the field at this year's Barclays, but hasn't teed it up since. The PGA TOUR winner is approaching the $10 million mark in career earnings. He will surely surpass that number in 2016, barring any injury or unforeseen circumstance. Duke is no longer a young pup, but he continues to prove his value on shorter tracks, particularly in DFS formats.
Fri, Dec 4, 2015 10:09:00 PM

After a one-year hiatus, Ken Duke returns to postseason action at The Barclays and enters the Playoffs ranked 117th in the FedExCup standings.

Duke is 1-for-4 at The Barclays pocketing a T12 in 2008 (Ridgewood CC) as his only cash. He chased it with a T10 at the Deutsche Bank, a T33 at the BMW Championship, and a T17 in the TOUR Championship. It was the only year that the 46-year-old advanced to the finale, eventually finishing 22nd in the final FEC standings. In his last two Playoffs appearances (2012/2013), he missed four of five cuts and posted T65 (of 70 players) at the no-cut BMW in 2013. Duke is 15-for-29 on the season with three top 10s, but two of those came in the fall. His only top-10 finish in the calendar year was a T10 at the Travelers Championship at the end of June. He has posted two top 25s in his last five starts, but both came at opposite-field events.
Tue, Aug 25, 2015 07:42:00 PM

Ken Duke prepares for his fifth start at Sedgefield Country Club during this week's Wyndham Championship.

Duke is 3-for-5 at the Wyndham, but just 2-for-4 since the transition to Sedgefield CC. The course layout is classical, and rather short by today's standards. That may help Duke keep up with the big hitters off the tee. On the flip side, he still ranks just 135th in strokes gained:tee-to-green and 151st in putting. His current FedExCup positioning of 113th would currently get him in the Playoffs, but he can't afford anymore down weeks.
Wed, Aug 19, 2015 06:35:00 PM

Ken Duke parades into Glen Abbey Golf Club for his eighth start at this week's RBC Canadian Open.

Duke arrives in solid form, collecting six paydays in his last seven starts. That stretch includes a T23 at the Barbasol Championship and T10 at the Travelers Championship. His stats don't leap off the page as he ranks just 156th in strokes gained on the season. Duke finished T11 in 2008 when Glen Abbey hosted, but gamers should not expect a repeat this week.
Tue, Jul 21, 2015 10:40:00 PM

Ken Duke spun a 4-under-par 35-31=66 in the final round of the Travelers Championship to conclude at 10-under 270, currently T11 with play still in progress.

Duke, the 2013 Travelers Champion, began his final frame at 6-under (T34) and eight swings back. On his round, he smothered one bogey (par-3 fifth) with five birdies at Nos. 6, 11, 12, 14 and 18. His set featured three birdie rolls from outside of nine feet, including a dramatic 36'9" sidewinder at the par-4 18th, which brought out the fist pump. For his efforts, Duke piped 12 (of 14) fairways and landed 14 greens in regulation for a 2.055 strokes gained: tee-to-green, currently seventh in that stat on the week. The 46-year-old, 124th in the FedExCup standings, has two top 10s in 21 prior starts on the season, the last (T9) coming at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in November.
Sun, Jun 28, 2015 04:31:00 PM

Ken Duke turned in a 5-under-par 33-34=67 for his opening round of the Memorial, good for outright possession of the clubhouse lead.

Duke needed this. Now he need to make it count. Positioned 121st in the FedExCup standings, the 46-year-old is without a top 30 in 2015. Save a bogey-6 at the 11th hole at Muirfield Village today, he was spot on. The veteran went 4-for-5 in scrambling and converted three birdies on each nine, including a pair of rolls from just outside 15 feet at Nos. 13 and 16.
Thu, Jun 4, 2015 12:52:00 PM

Ken Duke turns his attention to this week's Crowne Plaza Inviational at Colonial.

Duke has played the weekend each of his past four trips to Colonial Country Club. Unfortunately his form is not as promising, as he's missed five straight cuts, signing just two scorecards under par during that stretch. Colonial is so unique that form can sometimes be overlooked, but Duke should still be avoided in fantasy games this week.
Wed, May 20, 2015 08:29:00 AM

Ken Duke has four top 25s at TPC Louisiana and returns for a chance at his fifth during this week's Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

Duke enters this week on the heels of three straight missed cuts. He is 7-for-15 overall on the season, placing him at 113th in the FedExCup standings. His game doesn't particularly fit the course on paper, but it certainly fits his eye. There aren't many venues where Duke boasts this kind of history, so fans of the veteran won't want to miss out on this opportunity to invest.
Wed, Apr 22, 2015 08:04:00 PM