Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Where are they now - David Duval

This may be the most in-depth interview I've ever read with David Duval. Lot's of very interesting comments on a variety of topics, including this about his time at Georgia Tech:

Some of the stories about you at Georgia Tech were not particularly flattering. A New York Times story quoted you as saying your college teammates were a "bunch of hacks."

I don't recall some of the stories about me when I was younger, which doesn't mean they didn't happen. My coach there, Puggy Blackmon, told it like it was and how it was going to be. We got into it a lot, toe to toe. Let me also say that you're talking about a different person then and now in me. I don't know many people who haven't done or said something stupid at age 18. Not many, I don't think. We all make mistakes.

Tiger has really gotten hammered for little things. He's allowed to get excited and pumped up like a kid on the golf course, where he's an entertainer. But when he makes a mistake off the course, he gets nailed. He tells a dirty joke, it shows up in a magazine, and he gets nailed. Not that telling a dirty joke is necessarily a mistake. I mean, how many of us haven't done that? How many of us are perfect? Are the critics perfect?

Back to college, though. I'm glad I stayed there. You can't compare golf with basketball or football, where you can leave early and be drafted and make a bunch of money. I'm glad I got an education, but I can't sit here and preach about it, because I didn't graduate. I'm short a little more than a quarter. I'd like to go back and get a degree. But will I? Probably not.