April 17, 2023

Davis Love III - Part 3 (The Majors and Team Competition)

Davis Love III - Part 3 (The Majors and Team Competition)

Davis Love III, 2-time winner of the Players Championship and1997 PGA Champion, looks back on his performances across each of the majors and shares his favorite Open Championship venues. Davis recounts his experiences with team play at the Alfred Dunhill Cup with Tom Kite and Fred Couples, as well as the Presidents Cup and the Ryder Cup. A 6-time participant in each as a player, he was also honored to Captain teams in both competitions, with a heart-breaking Ryder Cup loss at Medinah in 2012 followed by a satisfying win at Hazeltine in 2016. Davis also lead the U.S. team to victory in the 2022 President's Cup. We briefly discuss his passion for golf course design and recount the numerous awards he has amassed throughout his Hall of Fame career. Davis Love III wraps up his life story, "FORE the Good of the game."

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"FORE the Good of the Game” is a golf podcast featuring interviews with World Golf Hall of Fame members, winners of major championships and other people of influence in and around the game of golf. Highlighting the positive aspects of the game, we aim to create and provide an engaging and timeless repository of content that listeners can enjoy now and forever. Co-hosted by PGA Tour star Bruce Devlin, our podcast focuses on telling their life stories, in their voices. Join Bruce and Mike Gonzalez “FORE the Good of the Game.”

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Love III, Davis

Golf Professional and Golf Course Architect

Davis Love III was born into a golfing family in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1964. His father was a respected professional golfer and teacher and his mother was a low-handicap golfer as well. By age 10, Davis knew that he wanted to be a professional golfer. After an impressive junior career, he earned a scholarship to the University of North Carolina where he was a three-time All-American golfer and 1984 Atlantic Coast Conference Champion.

In 1985, he played on the USA Walker Cup team before turning professional later that year. Love won his first PGA TOUR event in 1987 at the MCI Heritage Golf Classic at Harbour Town, South Carolina. He would go on to win this event four more times during his career, the final time coming in 2003.

Love has been a consistent presence on the leader board throughout his career with 21 wins, including the 1997 PGA Championship and two victories at THE PLAYERS Championship in 1992 and 2003. He has placed in the Top 10 of the Official World Rankings for over 450 weeks in his career to date.

His quality of play has earned him a place on six U.S. Ryder Cup teams and six Presidents Cup teams. In 2011, he was named captain of the 2012 U.S. Ryder Cup team and again captained the U.S. team in 2016.

Davis has enjoyed a long and successful golfing career as a competitor, as evidenced by his most recent victory at the Wyndham Championship at age 51 years and 4 months, 28 years after his inaugural win in 1987.

In addition to his competitive career, in 1994, he launched a golf course design company with his brother, Mark, and in 2013, he began hosting the RSM Classic Golf Tournament.

Davis Love III is highly respected and has earned his well-deserved place in the World Golf Hall of Fame.