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Ken Duke |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (46) / 1/29/1969
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 205
College: Henderson State

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Ken Duke toured Bay Hill Club and Lodge in 5-under-par 34-33=67 in his opening round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, situating himself as a clubhouse co-leader.
Both of Duke's paydays in five trips to Bay Hill are top 10s, so this isn't as much of a surprise in that context as it is compared to recent form. After three pars and a bogey going out today, the last conversion dropping from 12 feet at the par-4 13th where he found water on approach, the 46-year-old buried six birdies against no bogeys or worse. The good bogey triggered birdies at 14, 15 and 16, the first two measuring 56'3" and 14'4", respectively. Overall, he split 12 (of 14) fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation. At last check, he ranked second in the field in strokes gained: putting at 3.717. Incidentally, according to Golf Channel's Todd Lewis on Twitter, Duke has been hampered of late by a bone spur in his left heel. The golfer alluded to an injury in his post-round interview with Lewis. Mar 19 - 1:35 PM

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Ken Duke has slid into the field of this week's Arnold Palmer Invitational.

The 46-year-old was the third alternate when the field was released on Friday, but he was the last to gain entry following three withdrawals today. Two of Duke's 22 career top 10s occurred at Bay Hill (2008, 2013), but he's missed the cut in his other three trips, all as a result of failing to break par in every round. On the shoulders of six paydays in 11 starts this season, including two top 10s, he 99th in the FedExCup standings.
Mar 16 - 11:36 AM

Ken Duke hope to find lightning in a bottle at this week's Valspar Championship.

Duke turned 46 in late January. It's about the only thing he's been able to celebrate in recent memory. Since he closed out the fall with a T9 at Mayakoba, he's a mere 2-for-5 with no top 45s. However, thank to a T4 at McGladrey, the one-time PGA TOUR winner sits 92nd in the FedExCup standings. In seven appearances at Copperhead, he has only one top-30 finish, but it was a T5 in 2012.
Mar 12 - 1:09 AM

Ken Duke has been removed from the published field of this week's Farmers Insurance Open.

Duke has opened the 2015 portion of the season 0-for-2, but thanks to a pair of top 10s in the fall, he's currently 60th in the FedExCup standings. He hasn't played the Farmers since 2012 and has only one payday in four appearances. That was way back in 2004, his rookie year on the PGA TOUR.
Feb 2 - 10:39 AM

Ken Duke went the entire 2013-14 PGA TOUR season without a top-10 finish, but quickly remedied that in 2014-15.

The winner of the 2013 Travelers Championship rid himself of a length hangover with a T4 in The McGladrey Classic and followed that up with a T9 in the OHL Classic at Mayakoba a few weeks later. Those were two of the three cuts he made in five starts to begin the season. He is playing with a sense of urgency this season, as his two-year exemption for winning the Travelers expires at the end of this season.
Wed, Dec 31, 2014 08:46:00 PM

Ken Duke posted an even-par 35-36=71 in the final round of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba to share ninth place at 11-under 273.

Duke had a bit of a wild ride around El Camaleón GC. He circled five birdies, but swallowed two double bogeys and one bogey on the afternoon. This is his second top-10 finish of the 2014-15 season, joining a T4 at The McGladrey Classic.
Sun, Nov 16, 2014 04:45:00 PM

Ken Duke signed for a 1-under-par 33-37=70 in the third round of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba and is safely inside the top five at 11-under 202.

He threatened the top of the leaderboard three birdies and eight pars over his first 11 holes, but almost gave it all back on his last seven holes. That closing stretch featured a birdie, a bogey and a double bogey to go with four pars. His critical mistake was driving his ball into the hazard right of the fairway on the par-4 16th hole. His 10 GIR also help to tell the story as to why he wasn't able to score any better on a rainy day in Mexico.
Sat, Nov 15, 2014 04:48:00 PM

Ken Duke torched El Camaleón Golf Club for eight birdies en route to a bogey-free, 8-under-par 32-31=63 in his second round of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba.

This was arguably the best round of Duke's career. Duke striped all 14 fairways and hit 16 greens in regulation to set it up. He buried four birdies on each nine. Somewhat hard to believe is that he's never scored lower than 63 in 225 previous PGA TOUR starts. In fact, today marks just the second time that he's signed for the number. His first 63 occurred in the first round of the 2008 Shriners. At 10-under 132 in México, the 45-year-old is two strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.
Fri, Nov 14, 2014 12:17:00 PM

Ken Duke completed his week at The McGladrey Classic with a 4-under-par 33-33=66 to post 12-under 268, two strokes off the 72-hole clubhouse lead.

Well, it's about time. Duke hadn't recorded a top 10 since his only PGA TOUR victory at the 2013 Travelers Championship. He didn't crack the top 25 in his last 24. He opened today's finale birdie-birdie-birdie. That included a round-long conversion from 31-and-a-half feet at the par-4 second. He added three birdies, all from outside 11 feet, including a roll from 22'10" at the par-5 seventh. Duke evened banged home a par save from 11'1" at 16 to maintain momentum. At last check, his strokes gained: putting for the round sat at 3.878.
Sun, Oct 26, 2014 04:39:00 PM

Ken Duke carded a 4-under-par 31-35=66 in his third round of The McGladrey Classic.

He caught our attention with an opening 67 at Seaside, but managed only a 69 on Friday, but now at 8-under 202, he's just one stroke off the 54-hole clubhouse lead. Today, he missed only one of 14 fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation for the third consecutive day. Today's precision yielded an eagle from 30'10" at the par-5 seventh hole and four birdies. That set featured conversions from 14'11" and 27'1" at Nos. 1 and 9, respectively. Despite today's success, he could have made even more noise as the 45-year-old two-putted five times from inside 10 feet.
Sat, Oct 25, 2014 03:43:00 PM

Ken Duke submitted a 3-under-par 32-35=67 for his opening round of The McGladrey Classic.

A Ken Duke sighting! He missed only one of the 14 fairways and landed 14 greens in regulation at Seaside today. The 45-year-old buried four birdies, including tries from 16-and-a-half feet at the par-4 13th hole and 18 feet at the par-4 eighth. He squared only one bogey and signed his card sitting two strokes off the clubhouse tri-leaders. Duke is still chasing his first top 10 since breaking through for his first victory at the 2013 Travelers Championship. That's 36 straight starts before this week.
Thu, Oct 23, 2014 02:38:00 PM

Ken Duke will have a crack at The North Course at Silverado Resort and Spa this week at the Open.

Duke is still riding high on exempt status from his 2013 Travelers Championship victory, but he hasn't posted better than a T15 in the 34 tournaments since. He missed the cut in his lone appearance back in 2009, but with a new venue in play that stat can be thrown out the window. Duke has a 72% cuts made percentage over the last two seasons, so his value still lies in formats where earning four tee times is a premium.
Wed, Oct 8, 2014 08:35:00 AM

Ken Duke will tee it up in his fifth Wyndham Championship later this week.

The veteran has played three of his first four editions at the current venue of Sedgefield CC, peaking with a T24 in 2009. At 152nd in the FedExCup standings, he is in serious jeopardy of missing out on the Playoffs, which begin next week. The good news is, his 2013 win at the Travelers Championship affords him a two-year exemption, so his status for 2014-15 is secure regardless of what happens in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Tue, Aug 12, 2014 09:43:00 PM

Ken Duke will get introduced to Royal Montreal Golf Club’s Blue Course at this week's RBC Canadian Open.

Duke enters the week ranked 154th in the FedExCup standings, in need of a low finish ahead of the playoffs. The problem lies in the flat stick, losing 0.464 strokes per round with the putter, ranking 172nd on TOUR in strokes gained-putting. His last finish inside the top 30 was nearly six months ago at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
Tue, Jul 22, 2014 12:17:00 PM

Ken Duke ends his title defense with a 2-under-par 34-34=68 in the final round of the Travelers Championship, finishing at 4-under 276.

This was about as good as you could expect from Duke, given his recent form. He clearly feels comfortable at this venue, and will be someone to consider next year if his form shows any improvement. The lack of length at TPC River Highlands makes it a very manageable course for Duke. A triple bogey in the second round and double in the third round put an anchor on his overall score this week.
Sun, Jun 22, 2014 01:12:00 PM