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Davis Love III

Player Data

  • Birthdate: April 12, 1964
  • Birthplace: Charlotte, N.C.
  • Residence: Sea Island, Ga.
  • Age: 42 Ht: 6' 3" Wt: 175
  • Turned Pro: 1985
  • College: North Carolina

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Player Notes

Love started playing golf as soon as he could walk, under the tutelage of his father Davis Love Jr., who was regarded as one of the premier teachers in the game, and who played many PGA Tour events in the 60s. Davis III was born the day after his father finished T31st in the 1964 Masters. By the time he was 10, there was no doubt in Love's mind that he would follow in his fathers footsteps and become a professional golfer. He did not have much success in junior golf, but things changed when he went to play college golf at North Carolina. He became an All-American three times and played on the 1985 Walker Cup Team, turning pro after that and finishing T7th in the Q-school. In his rookie season, Love earned $113,245 (ranked 77th) and led the tour in driving distance. He won for the first time at the 1987 MCI Heritage Classic, and won $297,378 for the year (ranked 33rd). 1988 was a terrible year for him both professionally, as he earned $156,068 on tour ranking him 75th, and personally, when his father and only teacher was killed in a plane crash. In 1989, Love finished 44th on the money list with $278,760 despite missing six weeks with a broken bone in his left wrist, which he got that summer at the British Open. In the summer of 1990 he started to work with Butch Harmon and soon won his second tournament, The International. Since then Love has won consistently on the PGA Tour, highlighted by his first major win at the PGA Championship at Winged Foot in 1997. Victory at Winged Foot made Love the third PGA Champion who was a son of a PGA Professional. That total moved to four, following Rich Beem's victory in 2002 . Love has been the member of the 1993, '95, '97, '99, 2002 and 2004 Ryder Cup Teams. Member of 1994, '96, '98, 2000, '03 & 2005 Presidents Cup Team . Surpassed the million dollar mark in earnings for the 11th year in a row and twelve time in his career. In the last decade Love has experienced lower back disk problems which not only has affected his back but also his neck.

Career Victories

PGA Tour
18 - 1987 MCI Heritage Classic; 1990 International; 1991 MCI Heritage Classic; 1992 Players, MCI Heritage, Kmart Greater Greensboro Open; 1993 Infiniti Tournament of Champions, Las Vegas Invitational; 1995 Freeport-McMoRan Classic; 1996 Buick Invitational; 1997 PGA Championship, Buick Challenge; 1998 MCI Classic; 2001 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am; 2003 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, Players Championship, MCI Heritage, The International

Other
1992 and '97 Kapalua International; 2000 Williams World Challenge

Career Summary

1986 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 31; in money - 22; top-10 finishes - 2; scoring average 72.25 (ranked 118th); money $113,245 (ranked 77th); best finish, T3rd, Canadian Open.

1987 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 26; in money - 18; top-10 finishes - 4; scoring average 71.12 (ranked 36th); money $297,378 (ranked 33rd); Winner MCI Heritage Classic.

1988 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 29; in money - 17; top-10 finishes - 3; scoring average 71.21 (ranked 101st); money $156,068 (ranked 75th); best finish, 4th, Phoenix Open.

1989 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 24; in money - 17; top-10 finishes - 4; scoring average 70.48 (ranked 30th); money $278,760 (ranked 44th); best finish, 2nd Nestle Invitational.

1990 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 26; in money - 20; top-10 finishes - 4; scoring average 70.69 (ranked 39th); money $537,172 (ranked 20th); winner The International.

1991 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 28; in money - 23; top-10 finishes - 8; scoring average 70.38 (ranked 27th); money $686,361 (ranked 8th); winner Heritage Classic.

1992 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 25; in money - 22; top-10 finishes - 9; scoring average 69.85 (ranked T5th); money $1,191,630 (ranked 2nd); Winner Players Championship, MCI Heritage Classic and Kmart GGO.

1993 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 26; in money - 23; top-10 finishes - 5; scoring average 70.28 (ranked 20th); money $777,059 (ranked 12th); winner Infiniti Tournament of Champions and Las Vegas Invitational.

1994 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 28; in money - 21; top-10 finishes - 4; scoring average 70.73 (ranked 47th); money $474,219 (ranked 33rd); best finish, 2nd Hawaiian Open.

1995 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 24; in money - 22; top-10 finishes - 9; scoring average 70.09 (ranked 12th); money $1,111,999 (ranked 6th); winner, Freeport McMoRan.

1996 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 23; in money - 19; top-10 finishes - 11; scoring average 69.81 (ranked 8th); money $1,211,139 (ranked 7th); winner, Buick Invitational.

1997 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 25; in money - 24; top-10 finishes - 13; scoring average 69.47 (ranked 4th); money $1,635,953 (ranked 3rd); winner in PGA Championship and Buick Challenge.

1998 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 21; in money - 19; top-10 finishes - 10; scoring average 69.41 (ranked 3rd); money $1,541,152 (ranked 11th); winner MCI Classic.

1999 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 23; in money - 21; top-10 finishes - 13; scoring average 69.37 (ranked 3rd); money $2,475,328 (ranked 3rd); best finish, 2nd, Masters, Tour Championship, T2nd Sony Open in Hawaii, Nissan Open.

2000 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 25; rounds played - 92 ; in money -22; top-10 finishes - 9; money $2,337,765 (ranked 9th); best finish 2nd at the Bay Hill Invitational, Verizon Byron Nelson Classic and MasterCard Colonial

2000 Stats
Scoring - 69.90 / (11th); driving distance - 288.7 / (3rd); driving accuracy -66.1% / (136th); GIR - 69.0% / (28th); putting - 1.749 / (24th); birdie average - 4.26 per rd / (2nd) / total birdies - 392; sand saves - 52.2% / (122nd); scrambling - 59.1% / (110th); all-around rank - 338 / (10th)

2001 Notes
Lost a playoff to Phil Mickelson at the Buick Invitational

2001 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 20; rounds played -75 ; in money -17; top-10 finishes - 12; money $3,169,463 (ranked 5th); Winner at the AT&T Pebble Beach

2001 Stats
Scoring - 69.06 / (2nd); driving distance - 297.6 / (3rd); driving accuracy -64.5% / (163rd); GIR - 70.3% / (19); putting - 1.758 / (60th); birdie average - 4.41 per rd / (2nd) / total birdies - 331; sand saves - 55.8% / (43rd); scrambling -67.3% / (3rd); all-around rank - 323 / (7th).

2002 Notes
Eighth straight year earning over a $1 million a year, longest streak on tour.

2002 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 26; rounds played -87 ; in money -21; top-10 finishes - 6; money $2,056,160 (ranked 21st); best finish 2nd at the Canon Greater Hartford Open and Advil Western Open

2002 Stats
Scoring - 70.09 / (13th); driving distance - 287.7 / (30th); driving accuracy -66.1% / (132nd); GIR - 66.2% / (84th); putting - 1.743 / (26th); birdie average - 3.90 per rd / (29th) / total birdies - 339; sand saves - 60.4% / (5th); all-around rank - 353 / (8th).

2003 Notes
Best year on tour not only financially but with his four wins. : Ninth straight year earning over a $1 million a year, longest streak on tour.

2003 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 23; Rounds Played - 79; in money - 20; top -10 Finishes - 11; money $6,081,896 Rank (3rd); Best finish: Won at the AT&T Pebble Beach, The Players Championship, MCI Heritage & The International

2003 Stats
Scoring - 69.41 / (7th); Driving Distance - 299.2 / (15th); Driving Accuracy - 64.6% / (121st); GIR - 68.4% / (30th); Putting - 1.752 / (37th); Birdie Average - 4.09 per rd / (11th) / Total Birdies - 323; Sand Saves - 52.7% / (55th); All-Around Rank - 293 / (5th).

2004 Notes
Became the third player in PGA Tour history to exceed $3 million in earnings in a season without a victory.

2004 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 24; Rounds Played - 75; in money - 18; top -10 Finishes - 8; money $3,075,092 Rank (10th); Best finish: 2nd at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship & Honda Classic

2004 Stats
Scoring - 70.13 / (16th); Driving Distance - 300.1 / (14th); Driving Accuracy - 60.1% / (151st); GIR - 64.2% / (115th); Putting - 1.753 / (31st); Birdie Average - 3.71 per rd / (57th) / Total Birdies - 278; Sand Saves - 51.9% / (57th); All-Around Rank - 476 / (19th).

2005 Notes
Surpassed $2 million in earnings for the seventh consecutive season with nine top-10s, including two seconds that brought career runner-up total to 28.

2005 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 24; Rounds Played - 75; in money - 92; top -10 Finishes - 9; money $2,658,779 Rank (13th); Best finish: T-2nd at the MCI Heritage & Booz Allen Classic

2005 Stats
Scoring - 69.84 / (10th); Driving Distance - 305.4 / (8th); Driving Accuracy - 57.9% / (165th); GIR - 66.8% / (50th); Putting - 1.779 / (95th); Birdie Average - 3.73 per rd / (34th) / Total Birdies - 280; Sand Saves - 60.8% / (5th); All-Around Rank - 386 / (7th)

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