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Lost in the battle for No. 1 at the Deutsche Bank Championship was a sudden resurgence from David Duval, who made his first cut in 15 months and then played two solid rounds to tie for 13th.

"It showed I'm on the right path," Duval said Tuesday at Glen Abbey, where he is playing the Bell Canadian Open.

Duval, who was No. 1 in the world until Tiger Woods began his 264 consecutive weeks at the top, fell into a slump so deep that he took seven months off and did not return until rounds of 83-82 in the U.S. Open. He also missed the cut at the PGA Championship, although he hit the ball much better there.

"I've still got some rust from having been away for almost a year," Duval said. "I'm just trying to hit good shots."

The week might have been even better if not for the first hole, a 365-yard par 4.

"One of the easiest holes on the course and it took me 21 shots to play it," he said with a laugh.

Then again, that might have been the best sign that his game is slowly rounding into form. Duval made double bogey on No. 1 at the Tournament Players Club at Boston in the third and fourth rounds, and both times refused to let it ruin his day.

Duval wasn't surprised by his results.

"I've played long enough to know when I'm playing good," he said. "And I was hitting some good golf shots."

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