CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The Greenbrier Resort's Old White TPC has twice disallowed Phil Mickelson to make the cut, while also keeping Tiger Woods from playing during the weekend in 2012.
It did no such thing to then 43-year-old Ken Duke last year when he finished tied for seventh.
Less than a year later, Duke is relishing his first PGA Tour win and will play in his second consecutive Greenbrier Classic on an all-time high.
"It's special to look back on my whole career so far and see where I've been," said Duke, who won the Travelers Championship on June 23.
At 44 years, 4 months and 25 days, Duke - in his 187th start, became the oldest winner of a PGA Tour event since Ed Dougherty claimed the 1995 Deposit Guaranty Golf Classic (now the Sanderson Farms Championship) at the age of 47 years, 8 months and 19 days.
He won't be earning his first victory at the Greenbrier Classic like Scott Stallings (2011) and Ted Potter Jr. (2012).
Considering his performance last year and how the Old White TPC fits his game, he might be celebrating his second at the end of this week.
He was 11-under par after three rounds last year and finished at 11-under 269 with Roberto Castro, Kevin Na, Sean O'Hair and Webb Simpson, none of whom are older than 30.
"It's kind of set up for me," he said. "I play left to right and play fades and had a lot of confidence going in there. As the week went on, I got stronger and stronger. I just had a couple bad shots late."
Duke had an eagle in the fourth round on No. 12, but that was wasted with back-to-back double bogeys on No. 15 and No. 16. In fact, Duke had just three bogeys in the first two rounds combined.
It's not hard for the Arkansas native to have a positive perspective.