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Duval's long wait for golfing success

Published 1713 GMT (0113 HKT) July 3, 2012
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David Duval is battling to regain the form that made him the world's No. 1 golfer for 15 weeks during his peak period more than a decade ago. Getty Images
This month he returns to the scene of his greatest triumph, Royal Lytham and St. Annes Golf Club in England where he made an emotional speech after winning the 2001 British Open. Getty Images
The American claimed his only major championship to date as he negotiated his way around the tricky links course for a total of 10 under par. AFP/Getty Images
He said the key was learning to be disciplined and sticking to a gameplan when faced with the inevitable bunker hazards. AFP/Getty Images
The 40-year-old plays with trademark dark glasses due to his eyes' sensitivity to light. Getty Images
He says it is easier to wear them, no matter the conditions -- such as here at the 138th British Open at Turnberry in 2009. Getty Images
Duval has had glimpses of a return to his former glory. In 2009 he tied for second at the rain-hit U.S. Open, which stretched to a fifth day. He was joined by son Brayden for the trophy presentation. Getty Images
Duval with his daughter Sienna before the 2010 Masters Tournament. He had a promising start to that year but missed the cut at Augusta and the British Open, and tied for 70th at the U.S. Open. Getty Images
Duval was at his peak in 2001. Here he poses with Masters champion Tiger Woods, U.S. Open winner Retief Goosen and PGA Championship victor David Toms at the Grand Slam of Golf in Hawaii. Getty Images
Duval was unable to stop Woods completing a "Tiger Slam" at the Masters earlier that year, finishing second -- two shots behind the world No. 1 -- at Augusta in April. They won the World Cup of Golf for the U.S. the previous year. AFP/Getty Images
But he turned the tables at Royal Lytham in July 2001, winning by three shots as Woods finished back in 25th. AFP/Getty Images