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2001 Open Championship

On this day in 2001 David Duval won the 130th Open Championship, held at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club in Lytham St Annes, England. This was Duval's only major championship victory of his career.

After his Open Championship win, Duval entered a downward spiral in form that saw him drop to 80th on the money list in 2002, and 211th in 2003, prompting an extended break from the game. Numerous reasons have been postulated for the decline, including back, wrist, and shoulder problems; private difficulties; and a form of vertigo. Duval has not won a tournament on the PGA Tour since his Open Championship victory in 2001. His last worldwide win was the Dunlop Phoenix Tournament in November 2001, on his 30th birthday. His 30s have proved much less lucrative on the golf course.

Many commentators believed Duval's career to be over, but he returned to golf at the US Open in 2004, where he shot 25 over par and missed the cut. Duval struggled with his best results until 2009 being a T-13 at the Deutsche Bank Championship in 2004 and a T-16 at the US Open in 2006. He made the cut in only one PGA Tour event in 2005, but did finish in the top ten at the Dunlop Phoenix tournament in Japan. While Duval at his peak was viewed as aloof and distant and was not a fan favorite, now galleries sympathize with his plight and root for him to overcome his issues and to enjoy playing golf.

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Paul Casey Birthday

Paul Casey was born on this day in 1977. An English golfer who is a member of the world's top two professional golf tours, the US-based PGA Tour and the European Tour. In 2009 he achieved his highest position, third, in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Casey was born in Cheltenham, but moved with his family to Weybridge, Surrey at the age of six. After attending Cleves School, Weybridge and then Hampton School, he studied A levels at Strode's College, Egham. He then took a golf scholarship at Arizona State University.

Casey joined the European Tour in May 2001 and recorded a second in his fifth event and a win in his eleventh, the Gleneagles Scottish PGA Championship, ending that season 22nd on the order of merit and collecting the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year award.

Casey earned his first PGA Tour win on 5 April 2009 by defeating J. B. Holmes in a one-hole playoff at the Shell Houston Open.[7] This win took him to No. 6 in the Official World Golf Ranking.[

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1998 Open Championship

On this day in 1998, Mark O'Meara won the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport, England. O'Meara won his second major championship of the year and first Open Championship in a playoff over Brian Watts by two strokes.

The four-hole playoff was played over the final four holes (#15-18).  O'Meara birdied the first, while Watts parred, and they halved the next two holes with pars. Watts bogeyed the final hole, while O'Meara parred to win the title.

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Sir Nick Faldo Birthday

Sir Nicholas Alexander Faldo MBE was born on this day in 1957. He is an English professional golfer on the European Tour, now mainly an on-air golf analyst. A top player of his era, renowned for his single-minded dedication to the game, he was ranked No. 1 on the Official World Golf Ranking for a total of 97 weeks.His 40 professional wins include 30 victories on the European Tour and six major championships: three Open Championships (1987, 1990, 1992) and three Masters (1989, 1990, 1996).

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