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Ken Duke

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (49) / 1/29/1969
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 205

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Beginning off No. 10 tee, open-qualifier and World No. 677 Ken Duke crafted a 3-under-par 36-32=68 in the two-day second round of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba to reach 6-under 136, up 12 spots on the live leaderboard to T9, four shy of a trio of 36-hole clubhouse leaders.
Chasing an opening 68, the 48-year-old improves to 3-for-3 at the OHL with one prior top-60 finish, a T9 three years ago (69-63-70-71). After finishing a career-worst 193rd in the FedExCup standings last season, he's basically relegated to OQ'ing or sponsor exemptions, but is off to a good start. This is the Arkansas native's third start of the season, missing the cut at the Sanderson Farms and Safeway, and is looking for his first top 10 on TOUR since T9 at the 2016 FedEx St. Jude 74 weeks ago. On 10 (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation, he recorded all of his scoring on his first half, outpacing a lone bogey-5 at 14 with four circles at 11, 13, 17 and 18. The Florida resident posted 1.727 putts per GIR with 26 total putts. Sat, Nov 11, 2017 03:19:00 PM

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Ken Duke ranks just 191st in the FedExCup race ahead of his appointment at this week's Wyndham Championship.

Duke is 12-for-25 on the season, but he's found just one top 25 (T23 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am). The 48-year-old finished 153rd in the FedExCup race last year but still maintained his card by finishing 118th on the money list. That conduit to status is no longer an option, but Duke would need a huge finish this week, regardless. The veteran is just 2-for-6 at Sedgefield Country Club with a T24 the highlight in 2009. Duke will need to eclipse that finish this week if he wants to play his way into the Playoffs.
Tue, Aug 15, 2017 08:15:00 AM

Ken Duke breezed through Eagle Point Golf Club en route to a 4-under-par 35-33=68 during round one of the Wells Fargo Championship.

Duke used steady striking to set up a plethora of birdie looks today. He split 12 (of 14) fairways on his way toward 14 greens in regulation. From this his putter converted on five putts from outside seven feet to keep the momentum rolling. The longest came on his opening hole (par-3 10th) where he knocked one in from 39'5". To bookend the round with highlights he would later walk off the course with a 52'1" hole-out birdie at the par-4 ninth. Duke entered the week with missed cuts in seven of his last eight starts, but is off to a stellar start after today's 68.
Thu, May 4, 2017 01:23:00 PM

Beginning off No. 10 tee, World No. 362 Ken Duke patched together an even-par 37-35=72 in today's second round of the Valero Texas Open to arrive at the midpoint on 4-under 140, currently T12 on the leaderboard and down six places on the day.

The 48-year-old didn't carry over the luster from a first-round 68, cancelling out five birdies with five bogeys. He split 12 (of 14) fairways and mustered 11 greens in regulation, squaring holes 13, 17, 1, 4 and 8, all failed scrambles. The transplanted Floridian circled 14, 16, 18, 5 and 9, three from between 10 and 16 feet with a long of 15'6" at the par-3 16th. He recorded a tidy 1.545 putts per GIR and is currently treading water in SG: Putting at -0.036. Duke checked in 6-for-14 on the season and off six straight missed cuts, so playing the weekend has been a rare occurrence.
Fri, Apr 21, 2017 03:03:00 PM

Ken Duke managed his way around TPC San Antonio's Oaks Course en route to a 4-under-par 33-35=68 during round one of the Valero Texas Open.

Duke arrived without much form to speak of, opening rounds being particularly unkind. He's positioned himself outside the top 100 after day one in each of his last five starts, but it was a much different story today. He only found 10 greens in regulation but scrambled flawlessly (his two bogeys came via three-putts). The clear short-game highlight came at the par-5 13th where he found himself in a greenside bunker after two and then splashed it out and trickled it right in for an eagle. Duke will now prepare for his Friday round, starting just two strokes off the leader Brendan Grace.
Thu, Apr 20, 2017 06:49:00 PM

World No. 336 Ken Duke gets ready for his 10th Honda Classic, ninth at PGA National's Champion Course, the tournament's venue since 2007. UPDATE: With rounds of 74-74, Duke missed the cut by eight shots.

The 48-year-old is 6-for-9 on the season with one top 25, a T23 two weeks ago at the AT&T Pebble Beach (73-70-69-69). He arrives off a missed cut (by two) at last week's rain-drenched Genesis Open on rounds of 71-73. The Palm City, Florida, resident is 4-for-9 at the Honda, with a best of T37 last year (75-65-73-70). Last season, he finished 153rd in the FedExCup standings with just nine cashes in 20 starts, but retained his card at 120th in money. The Arkansas native had just two top 10s, but cashed a big one with T3 at THE PLAYERS, good for ($504,000) of $773,025.
Wed, Feb 22, 2017 03:40:00 PM

Ken Duke arrives in Playa del Carmen for this week's OHL Classic at Mayakoba.

The 47-year-old finished 153rd in the final FedExCup standings last season but maintained full-exempt status at 118th on the money list. He won't be able to rely on that same formula however, as the TOUR will only award cards going forward based on FedExCup points. The Florida resident is making his third start of 2016-17 after a T50 at the Safeway (69-71-71-70) and a missed cut (by six) last week at the Shriners (70-75). In his only OHL appearance two years ago, he was solo 4th thru 36 holes with 69 and a career-tying-low 63, and hung on for T9 with 70-71.
Wed, Nov 9, 2016 03:30:00 PM

Ken Duke signed for a 2-under-par 33-35=68 after today's final round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic for a four-day tally of 6-under 274, up three spots into a three-way T9.

The 47-year-old began the finale in a four-way T12 on 4-under after opening his seventh appearance to TPC Southwind in 70-66-70. He found eight (of 14) fairways and hit 12 greens in regulation, posting 3.638 in SG: Tee-to-green. The transplanted Floridian circled four birdies, three from inside of nine feet with a long of 16'10" at the par-3 14th. He squared the 13th on a failed scramble and the par-5 16th, three-putting from 9'10". This is Duke's second top 10 in Memphis (T7/2012) and second top 10 of the season in 14 starts, joining a T3 at THE PLAYERS.
Sun, Jun 12, 2016 10:07:00 PM

Ken Duke sculpted a 4-under-par 32-34=66 during the second round of this week's FedEx St. Jude Classic, reaching 4-under 136 at the midpoint.

Duke split nine (of 14) fairways and landed 13 greens in regulation. He swallowed two bogeys, missing a pair of par-saving attempts from 9-to-12 feet. The highlight of the round came at the par-5 third hole where he landed his 206-yard approach to 6'11" and splashed it home for an eagle. Duke entered the week with a 5-for-6 track record at TPC Southwind, including a T7 in 2012. If his putter heats up over the weekend, he could snag another top 10 here.
Fri, Jun 10, 2016 01:14:00 PM

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.
Sun, May 15, 2016 07:34:00 PM

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.
Sat, May 14, 2016 06:14:00 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.
Fri, Apr 29, 2016 11:28:00 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.
Fri, Mar 11, 2016 05:50:00 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.
Thu, Mar 10, 2016 01:11:00 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.
Fri, Feb 26, 2016 12:06:00 PM