Watching the Travelers Championship this Sunday, one couldn’t help but be inspired by the passion and desire Ken Duke has for the game.
Ken walked into the clubhouse at -12, one shot clear of the field. It was looking as if he had the tournament in the bag with only Chris Stroud left on the 18th green, with a long chip-in for birdie (and the tie) in front of him. When Chris made the chip (an unbelievable shot), I found myself thinking ‘oh no, that’s it… poor Ken.. how’s he going to recover from that?’
Well, recover he did.
Taking it all in stride, Mr. Duke brought home his first PGA Tour victory by sinking a short 2 foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole. Victory was his, and it was awesome, for 4 very good reasons:
- Ken is 44 years old
- This was Ken’s first win in 187 tour starts
- Before the PGA Tour, Ken played many mini tours, plus the Canadian, Asian, South American and Web.com tours
- At the time of his victory, Ken was ranked 144th in the world
Perseverance and dedication ruled the day with this win. After the victory, I think Ken summed it up best:
“You gotta believe in yourself in everything you do… That’s why those guys at the top are winning week in, week out because they believe they can do it. It’s kind of one of those things once you finally do it it might come easier the next time. That’s kind of the way I feel.”
A MASSIVE *tip of the cap* to Ken Duke on his first victory. It was a long time coming, and it couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.
Way to go Ken!