David Duval gets only limited chances on the PGA Tour these days, much different than 15 years ago when he was the No. 1 player in the world.
So Duval gutted it out Thursday at the Byron Nelson Championship despite the pain from a muscle issue in his right elbow, a day after his stepson had to drive him because he couldn't even use that arm.
"I'm just glad I chose to tee off today because I was seriously considering not," Duval said.
Duval, now 42 and ranked 890th in the world, birdied his last three holes -- Nos. 7-9 -- after pitching in from 57 feet for another birdie at No. 5. He shot 4-under 66, a stroke behind leader Peter Hanson and tied with Marc Leishman and Tim Wilkinson in Irving, Texas.
"I'm tickled pink it feels as good as it does right now," Duval said.
His arm began bothering him Tuesday when he hit 20 or 30 balls after getting to North Texas. He had an injection that night and hit only 20 or 30 balls Wednesday. He got more treatment before teeing off Thursday.
As a 13-time winner on the PGA Tour, his last victory in the 2001 British Open, Duval has past champion status. But past champions are 32nd in the line of 36 categories to fill open spots in tournament fields.
"A little disadvantage when you don't get to play consistently," he said.
Martin Kaymer, The Players Championship winner Sunday, was among eight players at 67.
Hometown favorite Jordan Spieth had to birdie two of his last three holes for an even-par 70. He had a double-bogey 6 after driving into the water at No. 3, his 12th hole, at the TPC Four Seasons Resort.
LPGA: Azahara Munoz and Austin Ernst had strong finishes to share the Kingsmill Championship lead at 6-under 65.
The former NCAA individual champions completed their morning rounds on the front nine at Kingsmill's River Course in Williamsburg, Virginia, with Munoz birdieing four of her last seven holes, and Ernst closing with birdies on Nos. 7 and 9.
"The wind is pretty tricky, but the pins were somewhat accessible," Munoz said.
Hee Young Park shot 66, while defending champion Cristie Kerr had a 67 after missing the pro-am Wednesday because of illness. Lexi Thompson, the Kraft Nabisco winner, also was in a large group at 4 under.
Second-ranked Stacy Lewis and No. 3 Lydia Ko, both in position to take the top spot in the world ranking from Inbee Park, each shot 70.
Champions: The players put on long-sleeved pullovers and tried to figure out the swirling winds. They left Shoal Creek with little separation at the top.
Jay Haas, Mark Calcavecchia, Olin Browne and Chien Soon Lu shared the lead at 3-under 69 in the Regions Tradition in Birmingham, Alabama, the first of the tour's five majors.
Steve Elkington, Willie Wood and Corey Pavin were a stroke off the lead, and six players were two back.