Jim Furyk offers
David Duval vertigo advice
News that David Duval had been diagnosed with positional vertigo drew
plenty of sympathy from Jim Furyk.
The same condition plagued Furyk this time last year, causing him to
withdraw from nearly the entire Florida swing.
''I would like to talk to David, because the guy I saw at home was the
best person I talked to,'' said Furyk, whose stay at the Ford Championship
was extended a day when Sunday's playoff against Scott Hoch was called
because of darkness.
``More than anything, it scares people at first. It's uncomforting. The
more nervous and upset you get, the more tired you get, the easier the
symptoms come on.''
Vertigo is an inner-ear imbalance, often caused by a virus, that causes
brief, violent bursts of dizziness with any turn of the head. It's often
accompanied by queasiness that can last hours.
Duval said he was fighting dizziness before a second-round 80 that was
his worst score in seven years. He saw a doctor on Saturday, when the vertigo
was diagnosed. Furyk said his case ``made me as dizzy as I could imagine,
to the point where I would sit up in bed and literally just fall down.''
Furyk fell ill during the WGC Match Play event, causing him to withdraw
before Doral. He did so again at the Honda Classic and Bay Hill Invitational
before feeling well enough to try The Players Championship.
''The tournament was two miles away. I had to try,'' said the Ponte Vedra
Beach resident, who played well enough to place 14th.
There's no standard recovery time for vertigo. Furyk said he has heard
from people who had been suffering for 2 ½ years. His own recovery
didn't begin until he saw a doctor that put him through an odd therapy.
''They put this vibrating mechanism on my ear and took my head through
a range of motion for about 90 seconds,'' he said. 'He looked at me and
said, `You're done. You can go.' I said, 'You've got to be kidding me.'
But I walked out of there and felt great.''
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