Duval is one of my two favorite golfers, and I was very happy to see him finish like he did. Winning would've been nice, but hard to expect after his long time off of the major leaderboards. I don't know how well he's managed his money, or how much his wife has, but with 5 kids, he could certainly use the 1/2 mill paycheck. Though getting that paycheck after 5 years or so of hard work would be pretty darn good pay for any normal person, especially in this economy.
Nevertheless, I hesitate to say he's back. You don't get to be 882nd in the world by bad luck. He's now in the top 150 in the world and in the top 100 on the PGA Tour money list after his US Open finish. But is this the beginning of a resurgence or a last hurrah? The next two weeks he plays are important ones. The big question is not whether he'll win at John Deere and finish top 10 at Turnberry; the real question is can he post a top 30 finish. The last two years until the US Open he hadn't posted a top 30; his best finish was T39th at the British last year, where he was high up on the leaderboard after 2 days, but fell off with an 83 on Saturday. And if he didn't finish T39th, Duval would've been out of the top 900. Maybe this is the confidence booster he needs. But I'm not hoping to see his name on leaderboard, I'm just hoping to see him on Saturday and Sunday, and not in 75th place at the end. People expect victories from him now, I just hope he can become a middle of the pack player in the short term, and be exempt in 2010. He says he's a top 10 player, but if he can show the same resiliance he showed at Bethpage every week even if it means the difference between a missed cut and a T-45 at the John Deere, he'll be alright. You have to walk before you run; he ran well over a few weeks (including qualifying), but he needs to walk consistently.