Who's who in golf - Davis Love III


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Name: - Davis Milton Love III
Country: - USA
Born : - April 13, 1964 in Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.
Original Home/Club: - Charlotte, North Carolina
Occupation: - Professional golfer, course designer.
Turned Pro: - 1985
Web Address: - http://www.lovegolf-design.com

Roll of Honour

MAJORS (1): US PGA Ch'ship (1997). Walker Cup player (1985). Ryder Cup player (1993, '95, '97, '99, '02, '04). Ryder Cup captain (2012, '16). Presidents Cup player (1994, '96, '98, 2000, '03, '05). Multiple wins on the US PGA Tour (21) and one on the Japan Tour. World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 2017).


Golf course design

Love Golf Design have been responsible for designing and building several top-quality courses, which include, but are not limited to: Ocean Creek, Fripp Island (SC); Barefoot, Love course (SC); Eagle's Pointe (SC); River Hall (FL); Kinderlou Forest (Georgia); Shell Landing (Mississippi); Diamante, Dunes course (Mexico).


Did you know?

The son of golf professional and tour player Davis M. Love, Davis Love III attended the University of North Carolina before turning professional in 1985. After earning his PGA Tour card in the autumn of 1985, he quickly established himself on the PGA Tour. He has since won 21 PGA Tour titles, including five Heritage Classics at Harbor Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island. With his win at the 2015 Wyndham Championship, Love became the third-oldest winner in PGA Tour history.

A veteran of six Ryder Cups as a player, Love became just the eighth golfer to serve twice as the USA Ryder Cup Captain; although losing in Medinah in 2012, he led his team to victory at Hazeltine in 2016. In addition to playing on the PGA Tour, Love is also the founder of a successful golf course design company.


Top tournaments won by Davis Love III

2015Men AmericaWyndham Ch'shipSedgefield CC263 (-17)$972,000
Played as the Wyndham Championship. Second-placed Jason Gore (USA) finished 1 shot behind 51-year-old Love III (USA). Love (51 yrs 4 mths) became the third oldest winner in PGA Tour history, behind Sam Snead (52 yrs 10 mths), and Art Wall Jr (51 yrs 7 mths). [Sedgefield CC, Greensboro, NC].
2012Snr AmericaFather/Son ChallengeRitz-Carlton, Grande Lakes121 (-23)$200,000
Played as the PNC Father/Son Challenge (36-hole scramble event; last played in 2008). Second-placed and defending champions Larry & Drew Nelson (USA) finished 1 shot behind Davis Love III & Davis "Dru" Love IV (USA). [Ritz-Carlton GC, Grande Lakes, Orlando, FL].
2008Men AmericaWalt Disney ClassicDisney's Magnolia263 (-25)$828,000
Played as the Children's Miracle Network Classic presented by Wal-Mart. Second-placed Tommy Gainey (USA) finished 1 shot behind Love III (USA), who clinched his 20th PGA Tour title and a lifetime qualification exemption. [Magnolia course, Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL. Earlier rounds also played on the Palm course].
2006Men AmericaWyndham Ch'shipForest Oaks CC272 (-16)$900,000
Played as the Chrysler Classic of Greensboro. Second-placed Jason Bohn (USA) finished 2 shots behind home-state winner Love (USA), who claimed his first PGA Tour win in three years, on a course he helped redesign in 2003. [Forest Oaks CC, Greensboro, NC].
2003Men AmericaHeritage ClassicHarbour Town271 (-13)$810,000
Played as the MCI Heritage. Love (USA) beat Woody Austin (USA) with a birdie at the fourth playoff hole, to record the last of his five wins in this event. [Harbour Town Links, Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head, SC].
2003Men AmericaPebble Beach Pro-AmPebble Beach274 (-14)$900,000
Played as the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Second-placed Tom Lehman (USA) finished 1 shot behind Love III (USA), who set-up his second win in this event with consecutive birdie 3s in the final round at the tough 8th, 9th and 10th holes. [Pebble Beach Links, Monterey Peninsula, CA. Earlier rounds also at: Poppy Hills GC and Spyglass Hill GC].
2003Men AmericaPlayers Ch'ship (PGA Tr)TPC Sawgrass271 (-17)$1,170,000
Played as The Players Championship. Second-placed Jay Haas (USA) and Padriag Harrington (Ire) finished 6 shots behind Love (USA). [Stadium Course, TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL].
2003Men AmericaThe InternationalCastle Pines45 pts$900,000
Played as The International, on a modified Stableford system. Second-placed Vijay Singh (Fiji) and Retief Goosen (RSA) finished 12 pts behind Love (USA). This was Love's fourth PGA title in 2003. [Castle Pines GC, Castle Rock, nr Denver, Colorado].
2003Men AmericaWorld ChallengeSherwood CC277 (-11)$1,200,000
Played as the Target World Challenge presented by Williams (an unofficial PGA Tour money event, hosted by Tiger Woods). Second-placed Tiger Woods (USA) finished 2 shots behind Love III (USA). [Sherwood CC, Thousand Oaks, nr LA, Calif.].
2001Men AmericaPebble Beach Pro-AmPebble Beach272 (-16)$720,000
Played as the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Second-placed Vijay Singh (Fiji) finished 1 shot behind Love III (USA). [Pebble Beach Links, Monterey Peninsula, CA. Earlier rounds also at: Poppy Hills GC and Spyglass Hill GC].
2000Men AmericaWorld ChallengeSherwood CC266 (-22)$1,000,000
Played as the Williams World Challenge (an unofficial PGA Tour money event, hosted by Tiger Woods). Second-placed Tiger Woods (USA) finished 2 shots behind Love III (USA). [Sherwood CC, Thousand Oaks, nr LA, Calif.].
1998Men AmericaHeritage ClassicHarbour Town266 (-18)$342,000
Played as the MCI Classic. Second-placed Glen Day (USA) finished 7 shots behind Love (USA), who recorded the fourth of his five wins in this event. [Harbour Town Links, Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head, SC].
1998Men JapanThe CrownsNagoya GC269Yn21mill
Played as The Crowns. Second-placed Brian Watts (USA), Rick Gibson and Masanobu Kimura (Jpn) finished 8 shots behind Love. Played on the Wago Course.
1997Men AmericaBuick ChallengeCallaway Gardens267$216,000
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1997Men MajorsUS PGA Ch'shipWinged Foot269 (-11)$470,000
The US PGA Championship (79th). Second-placed Justin Leonard (USA) finished 5 shots behind Love (USA). [West course, Winged Foot GC, Mamaroneck, NY].
1996Men AmericaSan Diego OpenTorrey Pines269 (-19)$216,000
Played as the Buick Invitational. Second-placed Phil Mickelson (USA) finished 2 shots behind Love (USA). [South course, Torrey Pines, La Jolla, CA].
1995Men AmericaJCPenney ClassicInnisbrook Resort257 (-27)$162,500
Played as the JCPenney Classic (two-person team event; one PGA Tr, one LPGA Tr). Winning team: Davis Love III (USA) & Beth Daniel (USA). Second-place: Robert Gamez (USA) & Helen Alfredsson (Swe). [Copperhead course, Innisbrook Resort, Palm Harbor, nr Tampa, FL].
1995Men AmericaNew Orleans ClassicEnglish Turn274 (-14)$216,000
Played as the Freeport-McMoRan Classic. Love (USA) beat Mike Heinen (USA) with a birdie at the second playoff hole. [English Turn G&CC, New Orleans, LA].
1995Men AsiaWorld Cup of Golf (Indiv)Mission Hills, Shenzhen267 (-21)$100,000
Davis Love III (USA) beat Hisayuki Sasaki (Jpn) in a playoff to win the International Trophy for best individual score in the World Cup of Golf. Team winners of the Cup: Fred Couples & Davis Love III (USA). [World Cup course, Mission Hills Shenzhen, China].
1993Men AmericaShriners Hosp. OpenTPC Summerlin331 (-29)$252,000
Played as the Las Vegas Invitational. Second-placed Craig Stadler (USA) finished 2 shots behind Love (USA). [TPC Summerlin, Las Vegas, NV. Earlier rounds also at: Las Vegas CC and Desert Inn CC (now Wynn G&CC)].
1993Men AmericaTourmnt of Chmpns (PGA Tr)La Costa Resort272 (-16)$144,000
Played as the Infiniti Tournament of Champions (PGA Tour season opener). Second-placed Tom Kite (USA) finished 1 shot behind Love III (USA). [North course, La Costa Resort, Carlsbad, Calif. Now known as Champions course].
1992Men AmericaHeritage ClassicHarbour Town269 (-15)$180,000
Played as the MCI Heritage Classic. Second-placed Chip Beck (USA) finished 4 shots behind defending champion Love (USA), who recorded the third of his five wins in this event. [Harbour Town Links, Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head, SC].
1992Men AmericaKapalua Intl.275x
Played as the Lincoln Mercury Kapalua International.
1992Men AmericaPlayers Ch'ship (PGA Tr)TPC Sawgrass273 (-15)$324,000
Played as The Players Championship. Second-placed Ian Baker-Finch (Aus), Phil Blackmar (USA), Nick Faldo (Eng) and Tom Watson (USA) finished 4 shots behind Love III (USA). [Stadium Course, TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL].
1992Men AmericaShootout, TheSherwood CC191$150,000
Played as the Franklin Funds Shark Shootout. Second-placed team of Fred Couples & Ray Floyd finished 1 shot behind the winning team of Tom Kite & Davis Love III.
1992Men AmericaWyndham Ch'shipForest Oaks CC272 (-16)$225,000
Played as the Kmart Greater Greensboro Open. Second-placed John Cook (USA) finished 6 shots behind home-state winner Love (USA). [Forest Oaks CC, Greensboro, NC].
1991Men AmericaHeritage ClassicHarbour Town271 (-13)$180,000
Played as the MCI Heritage Classic. Second-placed Ian Baker-Finch (Aus) finished 2 shots behind Love (USA), who recorded the second of his five wins in this event. [Harbour Town Links, Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head, SC].
1990Men AmericaJCPenney ClassicInnisbrook Resort266 (-18)$100,000
Played as the JCPenney Classic (two-person team event; one PGA Tr, one LPGA Tr). Winning team: Davis Love III (USA) & Beth Daniel (USA). Second place: Jay Haas (USA) & Nancy Lopez (USA). [Innisbrook Resort, Palm Harbor, nr Tampa, FL].
1990Men AmericaThe InternationalCastle Pines14 pts$180,000
Played as The International, on a modified Stableford system. [Castle Pines GC, Castle Rock, nr Denver, Colorado].
1987Men AmericaHeritage ClassicHarbour Town271 (-13)$117,000
Played as the MCI Heritage Classic. Second-placed Steve Jones (USA) finished 1 shot behind first-time PGA Tour winner Love (USA), who recorded the first of his five wins in this event. [Harbour Town Links, Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head, SC].

 

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