The beneficiary of Bubba Watson’s meltdown at the travellers Championship was Ken Duke who won the tournament in a playoff. The win was 44-year-old Duke’s career first, who is proving that patience can pay off on the PGA Tour, even for a mediocre golfer.
Duke took home $1.1 million for his win at the travellers, pushing his career earnings to $8.4 million on the PGA Tour and $9.3 million if we also include his winnings on the Web.com Tour, the PGA’s developmental tour.
In Duke’s first nine years as a pro, he played in only eight PGA Tour events and earned just $168,000. But then things took off.
In nine of the next 10 seasons Duke earned at least $250,000 each year, including two years spent almost exclusively on the Web.com Tour. And in 2007 and 2008 (age 38-39), he won $4.2 million combined despite no wins.
And thanks to his first win, Duke now has won $1.6 million this season even though he has missed the cut in 10 of 19 events. Not a bad living if you have the patience…
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