- The Washington Times - Saturday, June 17, 2006

On Monday, David Duval surprised the Rover by boldly predicting he would contend in a major this year in a brief one-on-one interview. The 34-year-old Duval, who hadn’t made a cut in 10 major starts dating back to the 2002 PGA, is trying to make good on his promise at Winged Foot.

Not only did Duval (5-over, 145) make the cut yesterday at the 106th U.S. Open, he clawed to the bottom of the leader board with a scintillating 68. What kind of odds do you think you could have gotten at the beginning of the week on Tiger missing and Duval making the cut? That would have been a nice wager at 500-1 or so.

To the delight of the Rover, John Rollins finished dead last in the 156-man field at 163 (83-80). Rollins, as you might recall, is the saint who served his pregnant wife divorce papers at Heathrow en route to the British Open several years back. He’s due several lifetimes of bad karma.

Barker Davis

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