Davis Love III

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Davis Love III
— Golfer —
Putter Green.jpg
Personal information
Full nameDavis Milton Love III
Born(1964-04-13) April 13, 1964 (age 49)
Charlotte, North Carolina
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight175 lb (79 kg; 12.5 st)
Nationality United States
ResidenceSt. Simons Island, Georgia, U.S.
SpouseRobin Love
ChildrenAlexia, Davis IV
Career
CollegeUniversity of North Carolina
Turned professional1985
Current tour(s)PGA Tour
Professional wins36
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour20
Japan Golf Tour1
Other15
Best results in Major Championships
(Wins: 1)
Masters Tournament2nd: 1995, 1999
U.S. OpenT2: 1996
The Open ChampionshipT4: 2003
PGA ChampionshipWon: 1997
Achievements and awards
Payne Stewart Award2008
Bob Jones Award2013
 
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Davis Love III
— Golfer —
Putter Green.jpg
Personal information
Full nameDavis Milton Love III
Born(1964-04-13) April 13, 1964 (age 49)
Charlotte, North Carolina
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight175 lb (79 kg; 12.5 st)
Nationality United States
ResidenceSt. Simons Island, Georgia, U.S.
SpouseRobin Love
ChildrenAlexia, Davis IV
Career
CollegeUniversity of North Carolina
Turned professional1985
Current tour(s)PGA Tour
Professional wins36
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour20
Japan Golf Tour1
Other15
Best results in Major Championships
(Wins: 1)
Masters Tournament2nd: 1995, 1999
U.S. OpenT2: 1996
The Open ChampionshipT4: 2003
PGA ChampionshipWon: 1997
Achievements and awards
Payne Stewart Award2008
Bob Jones Award2013

Davis Milton Love III (born April 13, 1964) is an American professional golfer who has won 20 events on the PGA Tour, including one major championship: the 1997 PGA Championship. He also won the prestigious Players Championship in 1992 and 2003. He has featured in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Ranking for over 450 weeks and reached a high ranking of third.[1][2]

On November 9, 2008, Love's 20th career PGA Tour victory at the Children's Miracle Network Classic gave him a lifetime exemption on the tour, at the age of 44.

Love captained the 2012 U.S. Ryder Cup team.[3]

Background and family[edit]

Love was born in Charlotte, North Carolina to Davis M. Love, Jr. and his wife, Helen, a day after his father competed in the final round at the 1964 Masters Tournament. His father, who was a former pro and nationally recognized golf instructor, introduced him to the game. His mother is also an avid low-handicap golfer. His father was killed in a 1988 plane crash.

He attended high school at Glynn Academy, Brunswick, Georgia and later the University of North Carolina (1983–85), where he was a three-time all-American and all-Atlantic Coast Conference golfer. He won six titles during his collegiate career, including the ACC tournament championship in 1984.[4]

Love turned professional in 1985, earning his PGA Tour card in the autumn of 1985, on his first attempt. He quickly established himself on the PGA Tour, winning his first tour event in 1987 at the MCI Heritage Golf Classic, at Harbour Town Golf Links. He would later win this event four more times, setting a record for most victories in it. Love and Fred Couples won four straight times from 1992-1995 for the United States in the World Cup of Golf, a record for this event.

In 1994, Love founded Love Golf Design, a golf course architecture company, with his younger brother and caddie, Mark Love. The company has been responsible for the design of several courses throughout the southeast United States. Completed in 1997, Ocean Creek is his first signature course and is located on Fripp Island, South Carolina.[5] Love also designed the Dunes course at Diamante in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, which is ranked among GOLF Magazine's Top 100 courses in the world. [6]

In 1997, Love published the book Every Shot I Take, which honors his father's lessons on life and golf. The book received the 1997 United States Golf Association's International Book Award.[7] His 1997 PGA Championship victory was the last major championship win achieved with a wooden-headed driver. That year, he developed and designed his own golf course in Harnett County, North Carolina. The course, Anderson Creek Club, won an award for "Best New Course in North Carolina" in 2001. He and his wife Robin have two children.[8]

Legacy[edit]

Amateur wins (2)[edit]

Professional wins (36)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (20)[edit]

Legend
Major championships (1)
Other PGA Tour (19)
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of victoryRunner(s)-up
1Apr 19, 1987MCI Heritage Golf Classic−13 (70-67-67-67=271)1 strokeUnited States Steve Jones
2Aug 19, 1990The International14 points (8-0-15-14)3 pointsUnited States Steve Pate, Argentina Eduardo Romero,
Australia Peter Senior
3Apr 21, 1991MCI Heritage Golf Classic (2)−13 (65-68-68-70=271)2 strokesAustralia Ian Baker-Finch
4Mar 29, 1992The Players Championship−15 (67-68-71-67=273)4 strokesAustralia Ian Baker-Finch, United States Phil Blackmar,
England Nick Faldo, United States Tom Watson
5Apr 19, 1992MCI Heritage Golf Classic (3)−15 (67-67-67-68=269)4 strokesUnited States Chip Beck
6Apr 26, 1992KMart Greater Greensboro Open−12 (71-68-71-62=272)6 strokesUnited States John Cook
7Jan 10, 1993Infiniti Tournament of Champions−16 (67-67-69-69=272)1 strokeUnited States Tom Kite
8Oct 24, 1993Las Vegas Invitational−29 (67-66-67-65-66=331)2 strokesUnited States Craig Stadler
9Apr 2, 1995Freeport-McMoRan Classic−14 (68-69-66-71=274)PlayoffUnited States Mike Heinen
10Feb 11, 1996Buick Invitational−19 (66-70-69-64=269)2 strokesUnited States Phil Mickelson
11Aug 17, 1997PGA Championship−11 (66-71-66-66=269)5 strokesUnited States Justin Leonard
12Oct 5, 1997Buick Challenge−21 (67-65-67-68=267)4 strokesUnited States Stewart Cink
13Apr 19, 1998MCI Classic (4)−18 (67-68-66-65=266)7 strokesUnited States Glen Day
14Feb 4, 2001AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am−16 (71-69-69-63=272)1 strokeFiji Vijay Singh
15Feb 9, 2003AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am (2)−14 (72-67-67-68=274)1 strokeUnited States Tom Lehman
16Mar 30, 2003The Players Championship (2)−17 (70-67-70-64=271)6 strokesUnited States Jay Haas, Republic of Ireland Pádraig Harrington
17Apr 20, 2003MCI Heritage (5)−13 (66-69-69-67=271)PlayoffUnited States Woody Austin
18Aug 10, 2003The International (2)46 points (19-17-5-5=46)12 pointsSouth Africa Retief Goosen, Fiji Vijay Singh
19Oct 8, 2006Chrysler Classic of Greensboro (2)−16 (69-69-68-66=272)2 strokesUnited States Jason Bohn
20Nov 9, 2008Children's Miracle Network Classic−25 (66-69-64-64=263)1 strokeUnited States Tommy Gainey

PGA Tour playoff record (2–7)

No.YearTournamentOpponent(s)Result
11989Nestle InvitationalUnited States Tom KiteLost to par on second extra hole
21991NEC World Series of GolfUnited States Jim Gallagher, Jr., United States Tom PurtzerPurtzer won with par on second extra hole
31992Nissan Los Angeles OpenUnited States Fred CouplesLost to birdie on second extra hole
41995Freeport-McMoRan ClassicUnited States Mike HeinenWon with birdie on second extra hole
51996Buick ChallengeUnited States Michael Bradley, United States Fred Funk,
United States John Maginnes, United States Len Mattiace
Bradley won with birdie on first extra hole
61996Las Vegas InvitationalUnited States Tiger WoodsLost to par on first extra hole
72000GTE Byron Nelson ClassicUnited States Phil Mickelson, Sweden Jesper ParnevikParnevik won with par on third extra hole
Mickelson eliminated with birdie on second hole
82001Buick InvitationalUnited States Frank Lickliter II, United States Phil MickelsonMickelson won with double bogey on third extra hole
Love eliminated with par on second
92003MCI HeritageUnited States Woody AustinWon with birdie on fourth extra hole

Japan Golf Tour wins (1)[edit]

Other wins (15)[edit]

Major championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

YearChampionship54 holesWinning scoreMarginRunner-up
1997PGA ChampionshipTied for lead−11 (66-71-66-66=269)5 strokesUnited States Justin Leonard

Results timeline[edit]

Tournament1986198719881989
Masters TournamentDNPDNPCUTDNP
U.S. OpenDNPDNPCUTT33
The Open ChampionshipDNPCUTCUTT23
PGA ChampionshipT47CUTDNPT17
Tournament1990199119921993199419951996199719981999
Masters TournamentDNPT42T25T54CUT2T7T7T332
U.S. OpenDNPT11T60T33T28T4T2T16CUTT12
The Open ChampionshipCUTT44CUTCUTT38T98CUTT108T7
PGA ChampionshipT40T32T33T31CUTCUTCUT1T7T49
Tournament2000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Masters TournamentT7CUTT14T15T6CUTT22T27DNPDNP
U.S. OpenCUTT7T24CUTCUTT6CUTCUTT53DNP
The Open ChampionshipT11T21T14T4T5CUTCUTCUTT19T27
PGA ChampionshipT9T37T48CUTCUTT4T34CUTCUTCUT
Tournament2010201120122013
Masters TournamentDNPCUTDNPDNP
U.S. OpenT6T11T29DNP
The Open ChampionshipCUTT9CUTDNP
PGA ChampionshipT55T72CUTCUT

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.

Summary[edit]

TournamentWins2nd3rdTop-5Top-10Top-25EventsCuts made
Masters Tournament02026101914
U.S. Open01025102316
The Open Championship00026112615
PGA Championship1002452716
Totals130821369561

Results in World Golf Championship events[edit]

Tournament19992000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Accenture Match Play ChampionshipR644DNPR32R322R162R64DNPR32
CA ChampionshipT16DNPNT18T40T41T11DNPWDDNPT28
Bridgestone InvitationalT1035T5T113T4T13T4T6DNPT19
HSBC ChampionsDNP

1Cancelled due to 9/11
DNP = Did not play
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = Tied
WD = Withdrew
NT = No tournament
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.
Note that the HSBC Champions did not become a WGC event until 2009.

PGA Tour career summary[edit]

YearWins (majors)Earnings ($)Rank
198500-
19860113,24577
19871297,37833
19880156,06875
19890278,76044
19901537,17220
19911686,3618
199231,191,6302
19932777,05912
19940474,21933
199511,111,9996
199611,211,1397
19972 (1)1,635,9533
199811,541,15211
199902,475,3283
200002,337,7659
200113,169,4635
200202,056,16021
200346,081,8963
200403,075,09210
200502,658,77913
200612,747,20616
200701,016,48996
200811,695,23748
200901,622,40152
201001,214,47273
201101,056,30088
20120989,753100
20130303,470165
Career*20 (1)42,511,9466

*As of the 2013 season.

U.S. national team appearances[edit]

Amateur

Professional

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Official World Golf Ranking, Week 36, 2003". OWGR. September 7, 2003. Retrieved June 20, 2012. 
  2. ^ "69 Players Who Have Reached The Top-10 In World Ranking". OWGR. Retrieved June 20, 2012. 
  3. ^ Auclair, T.J. "PGA picks Love III to lead Team USA". PGA of America. Retrieved June 20, 2012. 
  4. ^ "2011–12 Tarheel Men's Golf". p. 36. Retrieved June 20, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Love Golf Design". Retrieved June 20, 2012. 
  6. ^ http://www.golf.com/courses-and-travel/course-rankings/world?page=5
  7. ^ "United States Golf Association's International Book Award 1987–-2002". 
  8. ^ "The Davis Love III File". PGA of America. Retrieved June 20, 2012. 

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