Golf is a game of perseverance, and there is no better recent example than Ken Duke.  Duke won on the PGA Tour for the first time at the age of 44 when he captured the Travelers Championship in June.

Duke was diagnosed with scoliosis in 7th grade, and had to wear a back brace for 23 hours a day.  Two years later, he had surgery to correct the situation and was able to resume a normal life.  He played collegiate golf at Division II Henderson State in his home state of Arkansas. Turning professional in 1994, he bounced around the mini-tours and on the Asian and Canadian Tours, winning the latter’s Order of Merit twice.

After playing on what is now the Web.com Tour for a number of years, Duke finally made it to the big show in 2004, only to lose his card.  A turning point in his career occurred in 2006, when he started working with USGTF professional Bob Toski.  Of Toski, Duke said, “He’s amazing. I wouldn’t be here now if I would have never met him.”  Duke made it back to the PGA Tour in 2007 after leading the Nationwide Tour’s money list in 2006, but again could not keep his card each year.  Finally, in 2011, he won the Nationwide Tour’s season-ending championship event, and in his 187th event on the PGA Tour, secured his first win.

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