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Duval looking to end winless drought at Sugerloaf

David Duval will try to end a winless drought of nearly a year and gain momentum heading into next week's Masters when he defends his most recent title at the $2.8 million BellSouth Classic, which begins Thursday.

Duval, a four-time All-American at Georgia Tech, returned to Georgia last year and posted a two-stroke win over Stewart Cink for his 11th career PGA Tour title and fourth in his first eight starts of 1999. The victory enabled Duval to become the first player since Nick Price in 1993-94 to record at least four wins in back-to-back seasons.

Since that win at the TPC at Sugarloaf, Duval has come close to victory several times but has been unable to grab a winner's check. He has posted 12 top-12 finishes, including four top-threes, since and remains the world's second-ranked player behind Tiger Woods.

This year, Duval's best performances were third at the season-opening Mercedes Championships and last month's Match Play Championship. He is third on the 2000 money list with $1,000,857 after amassing a career-best $3.64 million last season.

Several notables will be gearing up for Augusta, site of the PGA Tour's first major tournament of the season. They include reigning Masters champion Jose Maria Olazabal of Spain and former "Green Jacket" winners Fred Couples and Nick Faldo.

Former BellSouth Classic champions entered include 1995 winner Mark Calcavecchia, 1996 winner Paul Stankowski and 1997 champion Scott McCarron.

Hal Sutton, who defeated Woods on Monday for his second victory at The Players Championship, is taking the week off, as is Woods.

The TPC at Sugarloaf is a par-72 layout that measures 7,259 yards. First prize is $504,000.

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