David Duval returns to competitive golf as a rookie on PGA Tour Champions

For most golf fans, the number they quickly associate with David Duval is 59.

As in the 59 Duval shot in the final round of the 1999 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic — the desert’s PGA event now called the American Express — a round that allowed him to come from seven shots behind to win the title with the best closing round in PGA Tour history.

But these days, the number Duval thinks about most is not 59, but 50. When Duval turned 50 in November, he was automatically the latest rookie to be eligible for the PGA Tour Champions. Duval was on hand Tuesday for the announcement of a new PGA Tour Champions event in the Coachella Valley next spring, and he was happy at the prospect of playing competitive golf in the desert again.

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