”When I was 10 to 15, I would have loved to have someone to talk to,” he said. ”You’re getting ready to go to major surgery, getting rods and pins. I was scared to death. Back then, Mom and Dad said this is what you’re supposed to do, and you’ve got to do it.” Trying to make it on tour was daunting, too. There were times in the late 1990s when Duke had to borrow money just to pay the rent, but he always seemed to pick up some cash on some mini-tour to get by. His big break came after he won the Nationwide Tour money list in 2006 and he ran into swing coach Bob Toski.
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Ken Duke: From scoliosis to PGA Tour winner
Then he learned he was being inducted next year into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame. All that before he boarded a plane for paradise. This is the way I pictured this place, just like this, Duke said as he gazed at an emerald green fairway at Kapalua with the blazing blue Pacific Ocean on the horizon. Its breathtaking. Every shot, you look at the water.
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