There was a time when David Duval, who shot 59 at the 1998 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic and won the 2001 British Open, was the No. 1 player in the world. Since then, Duval has only shown flashes of brilliance, most notably at the 2009 U.S. Open at Bethpage, where he tied for second with Phil Micklelson and Ricky Barnes.
Having split with Nike, Duval's long-time sponsor, the Jacksonville, Fla., native has now signed a deal with Scratch Golf to go with his other big new deal, Perky Jerky. A release by the company says Duval will use the company's clubs and have its logo on his bag and hat.
"David Duval is one of the best players of his generation and we are excited that he has decided to become a part of our company," said Ari Techner, president of Scratch Golf. "David has won championships all over the world and has an enormous following in the golf industry. We think he is a fantastic addition to our Tour staff."Related: Follow David Dusek on Twitter | Facebook
Duval has 13 victories in his PGA TOUR career and is a past recipient of the Vardon Trophy and the Byron Nelson Award. In addition to his major championship, he has won THE PLAYERS, THE TOUR Championship and been a member of two Ryder Cup and three Presidents Cup teams.
"I am extremely excited to join the Scratch Golf family," said Duval. "I put their clubs in play last season and they really made a difference in my game. In addition to playing the clubs, I look forward to working with the team at Scratch to develop some new products and grow the brand in the coming years."
Duval is the second former world No. 1 to play Scratch products. Cristie Kerr, who ascended to the top ranking in the women's game in 2010, has been playing Scratch wedges since 2009.