Davis Love

Davis Love III

Davis Love III

Personal information
Birth
Charlotte, North Carolina
Height
Weight
Nationality
Wife Robin Love
Children Alexia
Davis IV
Residence St. Simons Island, GA
College University of North Carolina
Career
Turned pro 1985
Current tour PGA Tour
Professional wins 33 (PGA Tour: 19, Other: 14)
Best Results in Major Championships
Wins: 1
Masters 2nd: 1995, 1999
U.S. Open T2: 1996
British Open T4: 2003
PGA Championship Won 1997

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 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. He has established himself as one of the most popular players on the PGA Tour.

Love has won 19 events on the PGA Tour, including one major championship, the 1997 PGA Championship. He also won the prestigious Players Championship in 1992 and 2003.

Love was introduced to the game by his father, Davis Love, Jr., who was a former pro and nationally recognized golf instructor killed in a 1988 plane crash.

Background and family

Love was born to Davis M. Love Jr. and Helen Penta Burgin shortly after his father contended at the 1964 Masters.

He played ice hockey as a kid. As he stated, "I was a right wing, but I could skate backward, so they made me a defenseman."

Love attended Glynn Academy in Brunswick, Georgia for high school and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1983 to 1985, where he was a three-time all-American and all-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) golfer. He won six titles during his collegiate career, including the ACC tournament championship in 1984.

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 in 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.

Love and wife Robin have two children: Alexia and Davis IV. Alexia is a nationally ranked rider of Paso Fino horses. She is currently a sophomore at the University of Alabama where she is a member of Kappa Delta sorority. The Love family has resided in St. Simons Island, Georgia, since the early 1990s.

Amateur wins (1)

Professional wins (33)

PGA Tour wins (19)

Major championship is shown in bold.

Other wins (14)

PGA Tour career summary

Year Wins (Majors) Earnings ($) Rank
1985 0 0 N/A
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* 0 377,548 155
Career* 19 (1) 36,007,861 5

  • Complete through September 28, 2008.

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

Tournament 1986 1987 1988 1989
The Masters 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
The Masters 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
The Masters T7 CUT T14 T15 T6 CUT T22 T27 DNP
U.S. Open CUT T7 T24 CUT CUT T6 CUT CUT T53
The Open Championship T11 T21 T14 T4 T5 CUT CUT CUT T19
PGA Championship T9 T37 T48 CUT CUT T4 T34 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.

Results in World Golf Championship events

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

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.

United States national team appearances

Amateur

Professional

Trivia

  • Gave Michael Jordan his first set of clubs in college.
  • Played ice hockey as a kid.
  • Marks his golf ball with a 1965 or 1966 penny, and uses white tees.
  • One of the last PGA Tour players to switch from wooden persimmon drivers to metal woods.
  • Considered one of the greatest long-iron players of all time.
  • Good friends with Fred Couples.
  • Titleist-sponsored PGA Tour member.
  • Has been sponsored for many years by Polo Ralph Lauren.
  • Was given a custom-built "American Chopper" motorcycle by his wife Robin for his 40th birthday.
  • 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."
  • Davis 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 St. Simons Island, Georgia, called the Davis Love Grill.

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