Davis Love III

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Davis Love III
— Golfer —
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Personal information
Full name Davis Milton Love III
Born (1964-04-13) April 13, 1964 (age 50)
Charlotte, North Carolina
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12.5 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence St. Simons Island, Georgia, U.S.
Spouse Robin Love
Children Alexia, Davis IV
Career
College University of North Carolina
Turned professional 1985
Current tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 36
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 20
Japan Golf Tour 1
Other 15
Best results in Major Championships
(Wins: 1)
Masters Tournament 2nd: 1995, 1999
U.S. Open T2: 1996
The Open Championship T4: 2003
PGA Championship Won: 1997
Achievements and awards
Payne Stewart Award 2008
Bob Jones Award 2013

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]

  • Has a portion of I-95 named after him. In 1998, the segment of I-95 which extends in Georgia from the McIntosh County line to Highway 341 at exit 7A and B was designated the "Davis Love III Highway."
  • Love holds the second longest ever officially recorded drive in competition play in history with a massive drive of 476 yards at the 2004 Mercedes Championships. His drive was 39 yards short of Mike Austin's record.
  • He also has a restaurant named after him in his hometown of Sea Island, Georgia, called the Davis Love Grill.

Amateur wins (2)[edit]

Professional wins (36)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (20)[edit]

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

PGA Tour playoff record (2–7)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1989 Nestle Invitational United States Tom Kite Lost to par on second extra hole
2 1991 NEC World Series of Golf United States Jim Gallagher, Jr., United States Tom Purtzer Purtzer won with par on second extra hole
3 1992 Nissan Los Angeles Open United States Fred Couples Lost to birdie on second extra hole
4 1995 Freeport-McMoRan Classic United States Mike Heinen Won with birdie on second extra hole
5 1996 Buick Challenge United States Michael Bradley, United States Fred Funk,
United States John Maginnes, United States Len Mattiace
Bradley won with birdie on first extra hole
6 1996 Las Vegas Invitational United States Tiger Woods Lost to par on first extra hole
7 2000 GTE Byron Nelson Classic United States Phil Mickelson, Sweden Jesper Parnevik Parnevik won with par on third extra hole
Mickelson eliminated with birdie on second hole
8 2001 Buick Invitational United States Frank Lickliter II, United States Phil Mickelson Mickelson won with double bogey on third extra hole
Love eliminated with par on second
9 2003 MCI Heritage United States Woody Austin Won with birdie on fourth extra hole

Japan Golf Tour wins (1)[edit]

Other wins (15)[edit]

Major championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runner-up
1997 PGA Championship Tied for lead −11 (66-71-66-66=269) 5 strokes United States Justin Leonard

Results timeline[edit]

Tournament 1986 1987 1988 1989
Masters Tournament DNP DNP CUT DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP CUT T33
The Open Championship DNP CUT CUT T23
PGA Championship T47 CUT DNP T17
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Masters Tournament DNP T42 T25 T54 CUT 2 T7 T7 T33 2
U.S. Open DNP T11 T60 T33 T28 T4 T2 T16 CUT T12
The Open Championship CUT T44 CUT CUT T38 T98 CUT T10 8 T7
PGA Championship T40 T32 T33 T31 CUT CUT CUT 1 T7 T49
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Masters Tournament T7 CUT T14 T15 T6 CUT T22 T27 DNP DNP
U.S. Open CUT T7 T24 CUT CUT T6 CUT CUT T53 DNP
The Open Championship T11 T21 T14 T4 T5 CUT CUT CUT T19 T27
PGA Championship T9 T37 T48 CUT CUT T4 T34 CUT CUT CUT
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013
Masters Tournament DNP CUT DNP DNP
U.S. Open T6 T11 T29 DNP
The Open Championship CUT T9 CUT DNP
PGA Championship T55 T72 CUT CUT

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]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 2 0 2 6 10 19 14
U.S. Open 0 1 0 2 5 10 23 16
The Open Championship 0 0 0 2 6 11 26 15
PGA Championship 1 0 0 2 4 5 27 16
Totals 1 3 0 8 21 36 95 61
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 8 (2001 U.S. Open – 2003 Masters)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 3 (1998 Open Championship – 1999 Masters)

Results in World Golf Championship events[edit]

Tournament 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Accenture Match Play Championship R64 4 DNP R32 R32 2 R16 2 R64 DNP R32
CA Championship T16 DNP NT1 8 T40 T41 T11 DNP WD DNP T28
Bridgestone Invitational T10 35 T5 T11 3 T4 T13 T4 T6 DNP T19
HSBC Champions DNP

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]

Season Wins (majors) Earnings ($) Rank
1985 0 0 -
1986 0 113,245 77
1987 1 297,378 33
1988 0 156,068 75
1989 0 278,760 44
1990 1 537,172 20
1991 1 686,361 8
1992 3 1,191,630 2
1993 2 777,059 12
1994 0 474,219 33
1995 1 1,111,999 6
1996 1 1,211,139 7
1997 2 (1) 1,635,953 3
1998 1 1,541,152 11
1999 0 2,475,328 3
2000 0 2,337,765 9
2001 1 3,169,463 5
2002 0 2,056,160 21
2003 4 6,081,896 3
2004 0 3,075,092 10
2005 0 2,658,779 13
2006 1 2,747,206 16
2007 0 1,016,489 96
2008 1 1,695,237 48
2009 0 1,622,401 52
2010 0 1,214,472 73
2011 0 1,056,300 88
2012 0 989,753 100
2013 0 303,470 165
2014* 0 284,800 168
Career* 20 (1) 42,796,746 6

*As of July 27, 2014.

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. ^ "Golf Magazine's Top 100 Courses in the World". Golf.com. Retrieved April 18, 2014. 
  7. ^ "United States Golf Association's International Book Award 1987–-2002". 
  8. ^ "The Davis Love III File". PGA of America. Archived from the original on March 27, 2012. Retrieved June 20, 2012. 

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