WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS - Ken Duke had a lot of help in his corner Sunday as he took aim at his first PGA Tour victory.
Earlier this week, Duke flew legendary swing coach Bob Toski, 85, to town to help steady his game.
Before playing on Sunday, though, Duke tapped into another limitless source of good information, state golf icon Bill Campbell of Huntington.
The 89-year-old Campbell, a World Golf Hall of Fame member, captured 15 West Virginia Amateur championships and three State Open titles.
Duke, a Palm City, Fla., resident, said he wasn't aware of Campbell's storied background before Sunday.
"I didn't know that, but now I do,'' Duke said following a round of even-par 70 that left him tied for seventh at 11-under 269.
"I had lunch with them today and these two guys go back a long way. Just hearing some stories that they had to talk about was pretty impressive.
"That's kind of the way I took [it] into the day - to try and have fun and be relaxed like those guys are. It seemed like that's the way they played back in that day. Maybe [Ben] Hogan [wasn't], but everyone else was pretty loose. It was a great day.''
Interestingly, it marked the fifth tie for seventh place this season for Duke. His best finish was a tie for fifth in the Transitions Classic.
He was near the lead at 14 under through 14 holes on Sunday, but back-to-back double bogeys on the 15th and 16th knocked him out of contention.
"I hit some good shots and I hit a couple bad ones,'' Duke said, "but that's the way it goes. But I felt good about my game, and played good.
"It's always good to finish in the top 10, and [I enjoyed] coming here - I've never been here before.''
Webb Simpson said he received a lot of texts and emails from older golfers bearing good advice following his U.S. Open victory in June.
"The best piece of advice I got was from [Tom] Watson,'' Simpson said, referring to The Greenbrier's pro emeritus. "He said winning a major championship is great, but it doesn't really change the way you are as a golfer aside from the experience.
"So I took that to heart and I kind of put it in my mind that I was going to work harder than I did leading up to the U.S. Open. I didn't want to settle or become complacent after winning a major. I wanted to stay hungry. It's easy to do. It's easy to win a big tournament and kind of get a little lazy, so it's been a good motivator for me to work a little harder.''