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The Tour Report

June 8 2012

1:42 PM

Two more rounds, then finally rest

Ken Duke has played six consecutive weeks on the PGA TOUR. He's made 17 starts in the first 22 weeks of the 2012 season. That's a lot of time spent inside the ropes for any player, but especially one who's 43 years old.

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He will finally take a break next week ... and that may be why he has played so well in the first two rounds of this week's FedEx St. Jude Classic. Duke shot his second consecutive 2-under 68 on Friday, which puts him at 4 under for the tournament and firmly in contention heading into the weekend.

"I feel good about taking a week off next week," Duke said. "That's what it's all about. I think that's kind of why I'm pretty free this week."

Despite the rugged playing schedule, Duke has played well all year. He has four top-10 finishes in those 17 starts and entered this week ranked 44th in FedExCup points. He ended last year by winning the Nationwide Tour Championship at Daniel Island but has yet to break through with his first PGA TOUR win.

Maybe that changes this weekend.

"It is great to be up here on the TOUR and be on the leaderboard," Duke said. "I'm just trying to do what I can do and I can't control everyone else."