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“I think on two occasions I took extended time off, but in hindsight the big mistake I made in my career was not stopping sometime in early 2002 and probably not playing again until `04,” Duval said. “I should have taken at least a year, maybe more, off. Just made sure everything kind of got healed, protected my confidence, protected my golf game and just given away that year and a half, not give away eight years like I did.”

That’s all ancient history now, a fact Duval readily acknowledges.

But he can hope his game isn’t ancient history, too.

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Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at tdahlberg(at)ap.org or http://twitter.com/timdahlberg