Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Davis Love III Continues to Respect the Open
You have to give it up to Davis Love III. The guy is 47-years-old, basically hanging on to his game until he can hit the Champions Tour circuit, but still respectable enough in his game and to the game to try and qualify for the British Open.
And he did it this week, with a 66 at Gleneagles Country Club in Plano, Texas.
I'd like to point back to the days when some Americans wouldn't even travel across the pond to play in the Open, my favorite of all the major championships, because it isn't just about the way you're playing, it's about how the course plays you. Love isn't going to win another major championship. He hasn't won on tour since 2008, and before that, 2006. His lone major came all the way back in 1997, and before a tie for sixth a year ago at the U.S. Open, hadn't finished in the top-10 in a major since 2005.
But the Ryder Cup captain still goes out and there and tries to give the Open the proper respect.
It's guys like Love that the younger dudes need to look up to. They don't owe anything to the game anymore, but they still plug away and try to make it in the big events, because this is what they do, and it's what they love. Some of these young guys will leave the game a lot earlier than our current 50-somethings, because they won't need the game.
The ones that love it will stick around, and that's what you get with Davis. Kudos for the attempt, and it'll nice to see you in the field.