Davis Love III
|Davis Love III|
|Full name||Davis Milton Love III|
April 13, 1964 |
Charlotte, North Carolina
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight||175 lb (79 kg; 12.5 st)|
|Residence||St. Simons Island, Georgia, U.S.|
|Children||Alexia, Davis IV|
|College||University of North Carolina|
|Current tour(s)||PGA Tour|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Japan Golf Tour||1|
|Best results in Major Championships
|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.
Love was born in Charlotte, North Carolina. He attended the University of North Carolina before turning professional in 1985. He earned 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. He was later to be in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Rankings for over 450 weeks and reached a high of third.
Love 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. On November 9, 2008, he won his 20th career PGA Tour tournament, at the Children's Miracle Network Classic. This win gave him a lifetime exemption on the tour, at the age of 44. In 2011 he signed an endorsement deal with Bridgestone Golf. In January 2011, Love was named the captain of the 2012 U.S. Ryder Cup team.
Background and family 
Love was born 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. Love played ice hockey as a youth. As he stated, "I was a right wing, but I could skate backwards, so they made me a defenseman".
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.
Love won his first Tour title at the 1987 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.
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. 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.
Amateur wins (2) 
- 1984 North and South Amateur, Middle Atlantic Amateur
Professional wins (36) 
PGA Tour wins (20) 
|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||Steve Jones|
|2||Aug 19, 1990||The International||14 points (8-0-15-14)||3 points|| Steve Pate, Eduardo Romero,
|3||Apr 21, 1991||MCI Heritage Golf Classic||–13 (65-68-68-70=271)||2 strokes||Ian Baker-Finch|
|4||Mar 29, 1992||The Players Championship||–15 (67-68-71-67=273)||4 strokes|| Ian Baker-Finch, Phil Blackmar,
Nick Faldo, Tom Watson
|5||Apr 19, 1992||MCI Heritage Golf Classic||–15 (67-67-67-68=269)||4 strokes||Chip Beck|
|6||Apr 26, 1992||KMart Greater Greensboro Open||–12 (71-68-71-62=272)||6 strokes||John Cook|
|7||Jan 10, 1993||Infiniti Tournament of Champions||–16 (67-67-69-69=272)||1 stroke||Tom Kite|
|8||Oct 24, 1993||Las Vegas Invitational||–29 (67-66-67-65-66=331)||2 strokes||Craig Stadler|
|9||Apr 2, 1995||Freeport-McMoRan Classic||–14 (68-69-66-71=274)||Playoff||Mike Heinen|
|10||Feb 11, 1996||Buick Invitational||–19 (66-70-69-64=269)||2 strokes||Phil Mickelson|
|11||Aug 17, 1997||PGA Championship||–11 (66-71-66-66=269)||5 strokes||Justin Leonard|
|12||Oct 5, 1997||Buick Challenge||–21 (67-65-67-68=267)||4 strokes||Stewart Cink|
|13||Apr 19, 1998||MCI Classic||–18 (67-68-66-65=266)||7 strokes||Glen Day|
|14||Feb 4, 2001||AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am||–16 (71-69-69-63=272)||1 stroke||Vijay Singh|
|15||Feb 9, 2003||AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am||–14 (72-67-67-68=274)||1 stroke||Tom Lehman|
|16||Mar 30, 2003||The Players Championship||–17 (70-67-70-64=271)||6 strokes||Jay Haas, Pádraig Harrington|
|17||Apr 20, 2003||MCI Heritage||–13 (66-69-69-67=271)||Playoff||Woody Austin|
|18||Aug 10, 2003||The International||46 points (19-17-5-5=46)||12 points||Retief Goosen, Vijay Singh|
|19||Oct 8, 2006||Chrysler Classic of Greensboro||–16 (69-69-68-66=272)||2 strokes||Jason Bohn|
|20||Nov 9, 2008||Children's Miracle Network Classic||–25 (66-69-64-64=263)||1 stroke||Tommy Gainey|
PGA Tour playoff record (2–7)
|1||1989||Nestle Invitational||Tom Kite||Lost to par on second extra hole|
|2||1991||NEC World Series of Golf||Jim Gallagher, Jr., Tom Purtzer||Purtzer won with par on second extra hole|
|3||1992||Nissan Los Angeles Open||Fred Couples||Lost to birdie on second extra hole|
|4||1995||Freeport-McMoRan Classic||Mike Heinen||Won with birdie on second extra hole|
|5||1996||Buick Challenge|| Michael Bradley, Fred Funk,
John Maginnes, Len Mattiace
|Bradley won with birdie on first extra hole|
|6||1996||Las Vegas Invitational||Tiger Woods||Lost to par on first extra hole|
|7||2000||GTE Byron Nelson Classic||Phil Mickelson, Jesper Parnevik||Parnevik won with par on third extra hole
Mickelson eliminated with birdie on second hole
|8||2001||Buick Invitational||Frank Lickliter II, Phil Mickelson||Mickelson won with double bogey on third extra hole
Love eliminated with par on second
|9||2003||MCI Heritage||Woody Austin||Won with birdie on fourth extra hole|
Japan Golf Tour wins (1) 
- 1998 The Crowns
Other wins (15) 
- 1990 JCPenney Classic (with Beth Daniel)
- 1992 Franklin Funds Shark Shootout (with Tom Kite), World Cup of Golf (with Fred Couples), Kapalua International
- 1993 World Cup of Golf (with Fred Couples)
- 1994 World Cup of Golf (with Fred Couples)
- 1995 World Cup of Golf (team with Fred Couples and individual title), JCPenney Classic (with Beth Daniel)
- 1996 Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge (with Fred Couples and Payne Stewart)
- 1997 Lincoln-Mercury Kapalua International
- 2000 CVS Charity Classic (with Justin Leonard), Williams World Challenge
- 2003 Target World Challenge
- 2012 Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge (with Jason Day and Nick Watney), PNC Father-Son Challenge (with Dru Love)
Major championships 
Wins (1) 
|Year||Championship||54 holes||Winning score||Margin||Runner-up|
|1997||PGA Championship||Tied for lead||-11 (66-71-66-66=269)||5 strokes||Justin Leonard|
Results timeline 
|The Open Championship||DNP||CUT||CUT||T23|
|The Open Championship||CUT||T44||CUT||CUT||T38||T98||CUT||T10||8||T7|
|The Open Championship||T11||T21||T14||T4||T5||CUT||CUT||CUT||T19||T27|
|The Open Championship||CUT||T9||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.
- Starts – 91
- Wins – 1
- 2nd place finishes – 3
- 3rd place finishes – 0
- Top 3 finishes – 4
- Top 5 finishes – 7
- Top 10 finishes – 21
- Top 25 finishes – 36
- Missed cuts – 33
- Most consecutive cuts made – 8
- Longest streak of top-10s – 3
Results in World Golf Championship events 
|Accenture Match Play Championship||R64||4||DNP||R32||R32||2||R16||2||R64||DNP||R32|
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 
|Year||Wins (majors)||Earnings ($)||Rank|
- As of the 2012 season.
U.S. national team appearances 
- Walker Cup: 1985 (winners)
- Dunhill Cup: 1992
- World Cup of Golf: 1992 (winners), 1993 (winners), 1994 (winners), 1995 (winners), 1997
- Ryder Cup: 1993 (winners), 1995, 1997, 1999 (winners), 2002, 2004
- Presidents Cup: 1994 (winners), 1996 (winners), 1998, 2000 (winners), 2003 (tie), 2005 (winners)
- 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.
See also 
- "Official World Golf Ranking, Week 36, 2003". OWGR. September 7, 2003. Retrieved June 20, 2012.
- "69 Players Who Have Reached The Top-10 In World Ranking". OWGR. Retrieved June 20, 2012.
- Auclair, T.J. "PGA picks Love III to lead Team USA". PGA of America. Retrieved June 20, 2012.
- "2011–12 Tarheel Men's Golf". p. 36. Retrieved June 20, 2012.
- "Love Golf Design". Retrieved June 20, 2012.
- "The Davis Love III File". PGA of America. Retrieved June 20, 2012.
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