David Duval's parking lot scramble from reporters at Bob Hope kills his sympathy factor
After finishing his final round at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, David Duval found three reporters waiting to talk to him. A general assignment reporter from the Riverside Press-Enterprise, a PGA Tour radio guy who’s so pro player that Phil Mickelson makes sure to wish him Happy New’s Year, and myself. It wasn’t exactly a gauntlet gearing to grill him.
So what does David Duval do?
He marches for the parking lot faster than John Daly can run, makes us fire questions as we struggle to keep up (calling Phil Mickelson’s trainer!, calling Phil Mickelson’s trainer!) and attempts to lose us.
This in the wake of a tournament when Duval played relatively well by the standards of his second golf life - 9 under, tied for 53rd. No one’s received more sympathy from the golfing public and press than David Duval. But sometimes you have to wonder why?
Especially when he acts like a big baby.
This isn’t a personal complaint. The parking lot sprint and answer session is going to make the feature I’m doing on Duval - the one TravelGolf.com’s own readers asked for after a newsletter I wrote on Duval fascinating even more than Tiger - even more colorful. Reporters love this kind of drama, believe me.
But if you really think it over, it’s just terrible two toddler behavior. Duval could have stood there, answered questions for five minutes and been done with it. Instead he had to play the beleaguered athlete, when in reality no one’s been given a bigger free pass than him.
Is it Duval’s right to try to out racewalk reporters in a parking lot?
Sure. But it makes him loom as a big phony.
Remember, this is the same Duval who recently ripped the PGA Tour’s new TV deal, by noting “If we’re trying to reach out to non-golf fans, how you leave out ESPN is beyond me.”
Well, if Duval’s so interested in reaching out to non-golf fans - and he’s one of the rare golfers whose story is interesting enough to cross over - shouldn’t he be talking to every notebook and microphone around?
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I ain't ever heard so much crap. REPORTERS BEING NICE TO HIM. I have followed Duval since like forever and through his freefall he has put up with so much stuff from lets face it half baked reporters who could never achieve anything at the game to what David has. If anyone doesn't believe it I'm sure I can forward on all of the poorly written articles that have surfaced over the last few years telling Duval to give it up. Everytime I have been and seen him he has been only to happen to stop and sign autographs for fans for what seemed like forever so don't make him out to seem ignorant HE JUST DOESN'T LIKE YOU GUYS and neither to alot of people HA HA.
I see your article as arrogant and high-minded. Duval makes your lives difficult because he doesn't like the press. If I were famous, I'm sure I wouldn't like the press much either, because they want the dirt, not the reality.
Take a deep breath and try to see it from his perspective. I think your article is trashing him for a natural human instinct: to run from the jackals.
Wasn't he available in the media tent after his round?
The truth is somewhere in the middle. Trust me, I have my own issues with the "press," but Duval has chosen to earn a living in a visible trade which requires interaction with the media, whether he is playing well or not.
His attempts to regain his form and his emotional mindset during this quest is a compelling story. And stories can't be told unless the subject is engaged in conversation.
Granted, it is up to DD as to how he handles interview requests, and he has every right to answer or not answer questions, realizing that it does imapct the way he is potrayed via the press.
On the flip side, I do agree that blindsiding a guy in the parking lot is a bit...well..Paparazzi-like.
I have dealt with DD on a professional level and he is a class act, very intelligent and thoughtful with a great personality to offer when he chooses to let people in.
Hey Baldwin, don't get your feelings hurt. Duval doesn't owe me or you one word. Quit wasting your/our time on what someone didn't or wouldn't say and tell us something worthwhile that somebody else said. Grow up.
By the way, Steve Carlton is a customer and we talk all the time!
As for paparazzi, that's the biggest joke in the world. David Duval's never come close to facing paparazzi. There were real paparazzi at the Bob Hope, following the real celebs, like Justin Timberlake and Michael Bolton. Athletes have it the easiest of any public figures by far in general. And David Duval in particular.
And Ron Mon, Dick Jauron is a horrible coach. Marv Levy lost his mind. It should be screamed from the rooftops of Buffalo.
DD is an American citizen who has the Constitutional right to privacy (as he or anyone else determines the time and place) but just because he chooses 'not' to be subjected to the inquiries of a handful of arrogant, self centered,self serving 'so called journalists', he is a baby ?
I don't seem to recall hearing him doing the whinning.
His actions in the parking lot is an extension of his on course persona. Why you expected him to change into someone else in the parking lot is beyond me.
If you seek a change in venue try football. No doubt you would expect Terrell Owens to be calm and a team player and giving interviews in the parking lot once he's traded. Right?
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