Davis Love becomes third oldest US PGA Tour winner

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FIFTY ONE year old Davis Love 111 proved he still as what it takes by winning the Wyndham Championship on the US PGA Tour for the third time on the weekend.

Love shot the day’s low round of 64 at the Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, North Carolina, to become the third oldest ever to win on the tour.

The American was just three months younger than Art Wall when he captured the Greater Milwaukee Open in 1975 when Love was just 11.

At 51 years, 4 months and 10 days old Love still has a way to go to beat the legendary Sam Snead, who in 1965 became the oldest to win on tour at the age of 52 years, 10 months and 8 days.

“When you get to a tournament where you feel good and comfortable and are having fun and have got a lot of fans, it certainly makes it a little bit easier and more fun to play,” Love said. “It’s just nice to be mentioned with Sam Snead and to get another win here because this tournament, this state, this town has been good to me.”

Love won’t match Snead’s 82 tour victories but does now have 21 PGA Tour wins, including the 1997 US PGA Championship and was also runner up at the 1995 & 1999 US Masters and T2 at the 1996 US Open.

The win will also put Love into the upcoming FedEx Cup Playoffs as well as into next year’s The Players Championship and the US Masters.

“It kills me the last couple of years not to play in THE PLAYERS Championship,” said Love, who is in his 29th season on the tour. “My friends at home assume I’m in (it) because I won it twice. That one and the Masters are kind of crushing that you don’t get in there.”

Tiger Woods shoots 64

The tournament also featured a return to form for Tiger Woods, who shot an opening round 64 and battled on to finish tied for 10th on 13-under, just four strokes behind the winner.

Australia’s best was youngster Cameron Smith, who shot a final round 65 to finish at 11-under tied for 18th. Adam Scott finished at 2-under tied for 63rd.

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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. He is a former Sydney journalist who had little interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded ASG in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, numerous amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best News Report for 2016 - 2017

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