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Davis Love III

  • Birthplace: Charlotte, NC
  • Residence: Sea Island, GA; plays out of Sea Island
  • Birth Date: April 13, 1964
  • height: 6-3
  • Turned Pro: 1985

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PGA TOUR Victories

(20) 1987,MCI Heritage Golf Classic. 1990,The International. 1991,MCI Heritage Golf Classic. 1992,THE PLAYERS Championship, MCI Heritage Golf Classic, 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 National Pro-Am. 2003,AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, THE PLAYERS Championship, MCI Heritage, The INTERNATIONAL. 2006,Chrysler Classic of Greensboro. 2008,Children's Miracle Network Classic presented by Wal-Mart.

International Victories

(1): 1998 Chunichi Crowns [Jpn].

Other Victories

(10): 1990 JCPenney Classic [with Beth Daniel]. 1992 World Cup of Golf [with Fred Couples]. 1993 World Cup of Golf [with Fred Couples]. 1994 World Cup of Golf [with Fred Couples]. 1995 World Cup of Golf [with Fred Couples], World Cup [indiv], JCPenney Classic [with Beth Daniel]. 2000 CVS Charity Classic [with Justin Leonard], Target World Challenge presented by Williams. 2003 Target World Challenge presented by Williams.

2009 PGA TOUR Money and Position

$1,454,160 (41)

2009 PGA TOUR Best Finishes

T2-- Mercedes-Benz Championship. T5-- the Memorial Tournament.

PGA TOUR Best Round

64 at Round 2, HP Byron Nelson Championship.

PGA TOUR Highlights

Recorded the 30th runner-up finish of his career at the Mercedes-Benz Championship, finishing at 18-under 274 along with Anthony Kim, six strokes behind champion Geoff Ogilvy. It represented his ninth top-10 finish in 13 starts at the tournament, including a victory in 1993...T5 a the Memorial Tournament, finishing 6-under for the tournament. Was tied for the lead late in the final round before winner Tiger Woods finished birdie-birdie.

Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes

1-- MCI Heritage Golf Classic, The International, MCI Heritage Golf Classic, THE PLAYERS Championship, MCI Heritage Golf Classic, KMart Greater Greensboro Open, Infiniti Tournament of Champions, Las Vegas Invitational, Freeport-McMoRan Classic, Buick Invitational, PGA Championship, Buick Challenge, MCI Classic, AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, THE PLAYERS Championship, MCI Heritage, The INTERNATIONAL, Chrysler Classic of Greensboro, Children's Miracle Network Classic presented by Wal-Mart.

2008 Season Highlights

Picked up 20th win of PGA TOUR career to earn a Lifetime Exemption to go with seven top 25 finishes and a 48th place finish on the money list. Has been under the top 100 on the money list every season he has played on TOUR (since 1986). Came on strong at the end of the season following ankle surgery at the end of 2007. Finished T6 at Turning Stone and T3 at the Justin Timberlake before picking up his first TOUR win since 2006 at the Children's Miracle Network Classic...Love's 72-hole score of 263 at Disney was a career best.

Career Highlights

2007: Difficult season ended prematurely as he suffered torn tendons in his left ankle after stepping in a hole while playing golf at home in Sea Island, GA in late September...Injury required surgery and sideline him for the rest of 2007. Prior to the injury he made 14 of 21 cuts with three top 10 finishes...Finished 96th on the money list. Finished T4 at the Mercedes-Benz Championship, his eighth top-10 in 12 career starts at the event...Two-time champion finished T4 at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Finish was fourth top-10 in last seven trips to the event...Finished T6 at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. Recorded a 5-under 65 in the second round to move within three strokes of the lead. Weekend rounds of 74-69 resulted in a T6...Forced to withdraw from his title defense of the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, NC, because of kidney stones. Underwent surgery on Friday of tournament week in Brunswick, GA. Returned to action the following week at The Barclays...Missed the cut at the Deutsche Bank Championship and was eliminated from the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup after two events. 2006: Stepped back into the winner's circle for the first time since 2003 with a win in his home state of North Carolina. The win moved him from 39th on the money list to 15th, qualifying him for his 16th TOUR Championship (27th). Ended season 16th on the money list, the 15th time in 21-year career he has finished in the top 20...Runner-up to Geoff Ogilvy at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship in February, losing the 36-hole championship match 3 and 2. Second career runner-up finish at the event, having lost to Tiger Woods 4 and 3 in 2004. Highlight of the week was holing out on 18th hole of fourth-round match for eagle with a pitching wedge with 111 yards to defeat Padraig Harrington, 1-up. Career record in seven starts at the event is 18-8, including a 10-3 mark in last three years. Runner-up was 29th of career, first among active players under 50...Picked up first win in over three years at the Chrysler Classic of Greensboro in October at course he redesigned three years prior. Has won five tournaments more than once and his second victory at Forest Oaks CC made him the eighth multiple winner of the Greensboro, NC tournament. Win came 14 years, five months and 12 days after last Greensboro victory in April 1992. Shared the third-round lead with Chris Couch prior to defeating Jason Bohn by two strokes. 2005: Finished T2 at the MCI Heritage for his third runner-up finish since the 2004 World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship. Five-time winner of the MCI Heritage earned his 11th career top-10 in 20 starts in Hilton Head. Moved ahead of Tom Kite for the most top-10 finishes in tournament history...Posted four rounds in the 60s at Congressional CC to finish T2 at the Booz Allen Classic, two strokes behind Sergio Garcia...Collected his 20th top-10 out of 71 major championship starts with his T4 finish at the PGA Championship at Baltusrol. Shared the 54-hole lead with eventual champion Phil Mickelson, but a closing 4-over 74 dropped him to T4...Playing in his sixth Presidents Cup, posted a 2-2-1 record, including a 4-and-3 singles victory over Nick O'Hern. 2004: Became the third player in TOUR history to exceed $3 million in earnings in a season without a victory...After missing cut in defense of AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am title, came back strong at World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship, winning five matches (over Briny Baird, Fred Couples, Adam Scott, Phil Mickelson and Darren Clarke) before falling to Tiger Woods, 3 and 2, in the 36-hole championship match...Finished runner-up at The Honda Classic for the second straight time after closing with a 69. In 2003, lost the lead to hard-charging Justin Leonard. This time, applied the heat on 54-hole leader Todd Hamilton, playing mistake-free down the stretch, taking the lead on the 17th, and looked like the winner when he saved par on the 72nd hole of regulation. But Hamilton birdied the 17th and 18th holes to win by a stroke...Finished third on Ryder Cup team points list to make his sixth Ryder Cup squad. 2003: Won a career-high four times and surpassed the $6-million mark in single-season earnings for first time in career. Led TOUR money list for 14 weeks and finished third overall...In second start of season, captured AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am for the second time in three years, ending 44-tournament drought. Held two-stroke lead after 54 holes over Tom Lehman, Mike Weir and Rod Pampling. Opened final round with bogeys on two of the first three holes, but battled back with seven birdies and only one bogey en route to a final-round 68. Clinched one-stroke victory over Lehman with two-putt birdie on par-5 18th hole after second shot approach with 4-iron from 224 yards settled to within 15 feet of cup...Finished T2 behind Justin Leonard at The Honda Classic after holding 54-hole lead by one over Leonard...Won his second PLAYERS Championship in 11 years. Paired with good friend Fred Couples on Sunday, tied final-round record with an 8-under 64 in windy conditions to come from two shots behind and win by six strokes over third-round leaders Jay Haas and Padraig Harrington...Captured fifth tartan jacket at the MCI Heritage at Harbour Town GL. Chipped in from 67 feet on 72nd hole to force sudden death with Woody Austin after four rounds in the 60s. Hit 6-iron approach on fourth playoff hole (No. 18) to three feet and converted birdie putt for third win of season...Became second player on the year to go wire-to-wire on his way to his second victory at The INTERNATIONAL (first came in 1990). Finished 12 points ahead of his nearest competitors-Retief Goosen and Vijay Singh. Surpassed $25-million mark in career earnings. Joined Phil Mickelson as only two players to win the Castle Pines, CO, event twice. Set the 36-hole point record with 36 points (Ernie Els/34 points/2000). Posted three eagles during the second round...Played in fifth Presidents Cup for the United States...Won second Target World Challenge in December and earned career-high paycheck (unofficial money) of $1.2 million. 2002: Six top-10 finishes included posting runner-up finishes in back-to-back starts for the third time in his career with his T2 at the Canon Greater Hartford Open and second at the Advil Western Open. Final-round 66 in Chicago pulled him within two of winner Jerry Kelly. Second consecutive year he shot final-round 66 and placed second...Member of his fifth Ryder Cup team. Ryder Cup record was 2-1-1 for a five-year total of 8-9-3...Ended season with a T5 at THE TOUR Championship. 2001: Returned to the winner's circle after a two-year drought. Earned first win since 1998 MCI Classic at AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Entered final round seven strokes down and completed play one stroke up on Vijay Singh after 63. Front nine featured PGA TOUR record-tying birdie-eagle string: went birdie-eagle-five birdies on holes 1-7. Seven-stroke comeback matched the best in tournament history (Bob Rosburg, 1961)...Decision to play in Buick Invitational was last minute, following his AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am win. Fell just short in attempt at back-to-back wins. Lost in three-way playoff with winner Phil Mickelson and Frank Lickliter II, eliminated with bogey on the second extra hole...Captured West Coast Swing presented by The St. Paul title...Withdrew from three events in May due to neck pain and disk problem that causes numbness in left arm and fingers. First experienced numbness at BellSouth Classic...After being off for two months, returned to T7 at U.S. Open...Lost head-to-head battle with Scott Hoch for Advil Western Open title. Held second- and third-round leads. Closing 66 left him one stroke shy of Hoch, who finished with 64. 2000: A season of second- and third-place finishes. T18 at Phoenix Open, worth $41,728, moved him past Greg Norman and into first place on PGA TOUR career money list...Hold on career money position was short-lived, taken away by Tiger Woods, who finished T2 at Buick Invitational...En route to T3 finish at MCI Classic, toured course in 95 putts, tying for third-lowest total since TOUR began keeping stats in 1980...Shared first- and third-round lead and held second-round lead outright at GTE Byron Nelson Classic. Closing 69 resulted in a berth in the three-man playoff won by Jesper Parnevik...Member of his fourth President's Cup Team. 2000 President's Cup record 4-0-0 for a four-year total of 12-5-2...Won Williams World Challenge, shooting a final-round 64...Father Davis Love, Jr. selected posthumously as the recipient of Harvey Penick Teaching Award. 1999: Though he went without a victory for the first time in four years, the season was still a success. Finished third on money list with career-high $2,475,328...13 top-10s included four runner-up finishes...Had to withdraw after three rounds of MCI Classic due to sore back. Was told to take week off, but as defending champion, wanted to play...Ailment diagnosed as recurring problem with lower back disk. Advised by doctors to take at least two weeks off between World Golf Championships-NEC Invitational and Ryder Cup to recover from pinched nerve in back. Injury first flared at Sprint International. Went 19 days without touching a club. Pinched nerve caused pain in shoulder and back and numbness in fingers. 1998: 13th career victory came at MCI Classic, which he had won three times previously. Posted a seven-stroke win over Glen Day. 1997: Earned first major championship at PGA Championship at Winged Foot CC. Rounds of 66-71-66-66 gave him five-stroke victory over Justin Leonard...Earned second victory of year at the Buick Challenge where, after setting the 54-hole record at 189, he was a four-stroke winner over Stewart Cink. 1996: In third start of season, trailed by four after 54 holes of Buick Invitational before posting final-round 64 for three-stroke win over Phil Mickelson...Three-time runner-up that year, finishing one behind Steve Jones at U.S. Open and losing playoffs to Michael Bradley at Buick Challenge and Tiger Woods at Las Vegas Invitational...Won World Cup individual title at TPC Mission Hills in Shenzhen, China, defeating former PGA TOUR player Hisayuki Sasaki of Japan in a playoff. 1995: After winless 1994, won Freeport-McMoRan Classic in playoff over Mike Heinen to earn place at the following week's Masters Tournament...At Augusta National, was T11, three strokes behind leaders through 54 holes, before closing with 66 to finish second, one behind Ben Crenshaw. 1993: Won twice, at season-opening Infiniti Tournament of Champions and at year's final full-field event, Las Vegas Invitational. 1992: First $1-million season, when he won three times in a five-week stretch: THE PLAYERS Championship, where he came from three strokes off the pace with closing 67 for four-stroke victory; third MCI Classic (previous wins 1987 and 1991); and Kmart Greater Greensboro Open. Erased three-stroke deficit entering final round of Kmart GGO with closing 62. Amateur: Winner of 1984 North & South Amateur and ACC Championship.


Father was highly regarded teacher who died in a plane crash in 1988. Davis III was born shortly after his father contended at 1964 Masters. Wrote book, "Every Shot I Take," to honor his dad's lessons and teachings on golf and life. Book was named recipient of 1997 USGA International Book Award...Conducts charity event to benefit Safe Harbour...Brother, Mark, has caddied for Davis and also involved in golf course design...Inducted into University of North Carolina Order of Merit in 1997...Named honorary chairman for PGA of America's National Golf Day in June 1998...Inducted into the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame in Augusta in January 2001...Owns and raises horses, with a seven-stall barn at home. Daughter, Lexie, is a nationally ranked competitive rider in the adult division on Paso Fino horses...Love Enterprises and Associates redesigned Forest Oaks CC, site of the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, NC in 2003...Travels to many PGA TOUR events on Featherlite custom bus...Featured in episode of "American Chopper" on The Discovery Channel in 2004, a pop-culture TV show. Love was given a custom-built motorcycle by his wife for his 40th birthday.

PGA TOUR Playoff Record


National Teams

Walker Cup (1), 1985; Dunhill Cup (1), 1992; World Cup (5), 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997; Ryder Cup (6), 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2004; The Presidents Cup (6), 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005.

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