Leonard's biggest asset is a simple, efficient swing. He doesn't produce much power (140th in driving distance), but he has control and consistency, which is why he ranks 8th in the all-around category.
If Leonard is to be Rookie of the Year, he needs to make up ground fast. Would he choose himself for the award? "I wouldn't vote for myself at this point," he says.
Fall is when most rookies are playing every week, desperately trying to keep their Tour cards. Duval is not playing at all, desperately trying to relax.
Duval has taken off the last three weeks and plans to play in only two more events before the Tour Championship. He hasn't touched a golf club since Aug. 20, the day he won $60,000 by finishing fifth at the Sprint International.
"I'd love to win the Rookie of the Year award," says Duval, who earned his Tour exemption by finishing eighth on the '94 Nike tour money list, "but I'm not going to play any extra to do it. If it happens, great."
Duval has earned the right and the money to take it easy. He has already stuffed nearly $800,000 and the richest rookie season in history under his big belt. In 23 events Duval has made 18 cuts, finished in the top 10 seven times and been runner-up three times. He is also first in the all-around stat.
Most impressive, in less than a year on the Tour he has elbowed his way into the select echelon of players who are considered genuine contenders every time they play. "He's got total command of his game," says Billy Andrade. "For a rookie to always seem to be in the hunt, that's spectacular."
Duval's my-way-or-the-highway attitude rubs some the wrong way, but the 24-year-old acts on his instincts, whether they're telling him to swerve a golf ball under trees and around a dogleg or to take time off from the Tour grind.
There are only two criticisms of Duval. One is his numbingly slow pace of play. At the Tucson Open, Gary Koch suggested on ESPN that Duval set up a fund to cover the fines he would surely accrue. The other knock is that Duval still isn't a closer, a reputation he has been trying to shed since college. At Georgia Tech he was a four-time first-team All-America, yet he won only five events, while placing second 11 times.