After his glasses, the most popular subject for Duval's fans and detractors is his weight, which goes "up and down like an elevator in the Sears Tower." In his chiseled prime, Duval was "six even and a buck eighty" with, Blackmon says, "Nicklaus's legs, Norman's upper body and Hogan's head." At Tour stops back then Duval spent "more time in the gym than on the range." He was "pudgy" as a kid and has returned "to his youthful ways." To many observers his "rounder bod" has made him "more approachable."
Monday at Bethpage was "extraordinary" because Duval had "as much fan support" as Phil Mickelson did. And while love for Duval is by no means universal—various Golf.com respondents call him "aloof," "unfriendly," "an enigma" and "a jerk in victory and defeat"—many others are rooting for him passionately, praising him as a "class act" and a "poster boy for guts, determination and indomitable desire." Several note the triple bogey he made on the 3rd hole in the final round at Bethpage, but also point out that he was a shot off the lead while standing on the 17th tee. Many recall Duval's quote after the U.S. Open: "I had no question in my mind I was going to win the tournament today."
Some see Duval, an avid reader of novels, as a potential "hero in his own narrative." One Golf.com respondent writes that "people just like seeing someone come back like he has—it's part of the American Dream and fitting in these times we're in." Another notes that "it's a shame he had to fall so far professionally before people rallied around his cause. That says something about the public. But the beautiful thing is that I don't think David Duval cares what we think about him. I hope he wins again."
Another Golf.commer posts a virtual haiku: "Before: machine, hidden, emotionless. Now: tempered through suffering, passionate, open and approachable." And yet another, citing Duval's ability to make fun of himself in an old Nike ad in which he breaks a window on Tiger's car with a golf club, writes, "I hope Duval wins the British."
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