Davis Love III is an interesting PGA Tout personality, beginning with the “III.”
Most people will conjure an instant image of an upper-crust horror, but nothing could be further from the truth.
Yes, he is named after his father and his father’s father, but he is anything but standoffish or entitled. In fact, he is very well spoken, extremely warm and congenial and approachable. He is a nice guy.
Davis Love Jr. competed in several major championships, entered many PGA Tour events and won several local tournaments. He was the consummate golf professional who instilled the qualities of respect, consideration and honour in his son.
In 1987, the young Davis made his father proud when he not only won on the PGA Tour, but also right in their backyard at the Harbour Town Golf Club, not far from their home in Sea Island, Ga.
Davis Love III has gone on to win 20 more times, including one major which, ironically, was the PGA Championship and also, ironically, the Players Championship twice.
With a monstrous, accurate driving game and a delicate touch, he has also been a staple on the Ryder Cup and President Cup Teams.
In 2012, he was the captain of the Ryder Cup Team. Then suddenly, a few days ago, he became the third oldest winner of a PGA Tour event when he won the Wyndham Championship and only the third player in history to win on the PGA Tour in four different decades (Sam Snead and Ray Floyd)
So the guy can play and he’s a nice guy. So what?
So what is what he does off the course!
As a PGA TOUR member he is obligated to play a minimum of 15 tour events which of course means he must travel 15 weeks per year to fulfill that requirement.
He is also a member of the Champions Tour on which he does not have to play a minimum of events.
However, he does recognize his responsibility to appease event sponsors by participating as often as he can. To play at a high level such as the PGA Tour, one must spend numerous hours honing his skills daily, even when they are not competing, to maintain an edge, but what about off the course?
Davis is currently serving a three-year term as the chairman of the PGA Tour Players Advisory Council.
This is a position that requires numerous meetings, phone conversations, conference calls, e-mails and exchanges of letters. More than anything else, it requires that he be available to the players, sponsors and various tour partners for support and to basically listen to gripes from all of the above.
Love is also host of the McGladrey Classic, a PGA Tour event played at Sea Island. He is responsible for encouraging as many of his buddies to play in the event as he can attract.
Of course, he has corporate outings in which to participate, dinners to attend, organizing meetings, plus a multitude of phone calls, e-mails, conference calls etc.
Furthermore, he and his wife founded the Davis Love Foundation that supports community-based programs, focusing on children and their families. This foundation is the host organization of the McGladrey.
He will also serve as assistant to the captain of the U.S. Presidents Cup team for next month’s event. More meetings, phone calls, emails etc.
Given the disastrous 2014 Ryder Cup when players openly criticized captain Tom Watson’s efforts, the PGA of America put together a Task Force to discuss the recent failures of the U.S. team. They selected Love as the 2106 Captain.
He will be a terrific captain. He has one the best records as a player in the history of team events. His record as a player is respected by the players and his recent victory at the Wyndham Classic is a huge boost. However, there will be more meetings, phone calls, emails, public appearances, interviews and communications.
When you factor in Love Golf Design, a golf course design and renovation company he runs with his brother, Mark, you come down to one very simple conclusion – Davis Love has got to be surrounded by a phenomenal support team.
His wife, Robin, must be an incredible wife, mother, friend, business person and every other great attribute one can imagine.
Not only can he play, but he has had an incredible career off the course serving the needs of his profession. Where he finds the time to hunt and fish, I’ll never know. His father, a dedicated PGA professional, taught Davis well and would be justifiably proud of his son.
In my opinion, the profession is better off with people willing to go that extra distance.