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May 12 2011

8:08 PM

Duval climbing the leaderboard

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – David Duval earned his way back into THE PLAYERS Championship after a five-year absence when he finished in the top 125 on the 2010 money list.

And now that he’s back competing at TPC Sawgrass, Duval is taking full advantage of the opportunity. The 1999 PLAYERS champ has just birdied his third straight hole to move to 4 under with seven holes remaining.

Duval started on the back nine and birdied the 11th hole, getting up and down from the left side of the green and capping it off with a 14-footer. He gave that back with a bogey at the 15th hole, though, before embarking on the birdie barrage.

First there was another up-and-down at the par-5 16th. Then Duval made a 9-footer for birdie at the 18th, a 2-footer at the first and a 3-footer at No. 2.

Duval is currently tied for sixth, four strokes off the lead held by Nick Watney. He’s missed the cut in his last three appearances at THE PLAYERS and hasn’t broken par at the Stadium Course in his last nine rounds.

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