Colonial impressed with Duval's play

David Duval was extended an exemption to the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial on Tuesday.

Tournament director Peter Ripa said he and his staff were watching last week's AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and were impressed with Duval's play. He finished tied for second, waiting on a putting green to see if he'd be in a playoff before Dustin Johnson birdied the final hole to win.

"David shot four rounds in the 60's for the first time in eight years," Ripa said via e-mail. "He played his heart out on the 2010 U.S. Open venue, posting one of seven scores in the 60's on Sunday. He has earned this opportunity."

Duval, trying to make a comeback to elite status on the PGA Tour, finished second at the 2009 U.S. Open. He won the 2001 British Open and was No. 1 in the world at one point. The 38-year-old went to PGA Tour Qualifying School but did not qualify for the 2010 season, so he needs sponsors' exemptions to play.

The Crowne Plaza Colonial will be contested over Memorial Day weekend, May 27-30. Steve Stricker won in a playoff in the 2009 Colonial.

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