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Duval to give Phoenix another try

David Duval has decided to give the raucous Phoenix Open another chance.

Duval today committed to play in the Jan. 25-28 event despite a confrontation with fans during last year's tournament.

Duval had an exchange with hecklers at the 12th hole during the final round last year. He made a vulgar gesture at one of them and was still fuming when he left the course. That led to speculation that Duval might bypass Phoenix this year despite its lucrative $4 million purse. The winner's share is $720,000.

The tournament also received a formal commitment from Justin Leonard. Davis Love III gave a verbal commitment.

David Duval in action at the Mercedes Championships. Allsport.

Tiger Woods was still considering whether to play in Phoenix. He last played in this event in 1999, when a male spectator following Woods was wrestled to the ground by police and found a loaded pistol in his backpack.

Tournament officials took steps during the winter to keep this year's crowds under control. They moved the Bird's Nest, a popular party tent traditionally set up between the ninth and 18th greens, to a site two miles away, off the golf course.


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