Davis Love III: Your Fine Wine Wyndham Winner


Davis Love III has triumphed at the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro. The fifty-one year old golfer is more normally thought of as a future Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup captain, but the former Tar Heel golfer showed he still has enough game to win one on the big tour. Love’s victory also keeps his season alive as it qualifies him for the FedEx Cup playoffs that start next week at the Barclays.

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Of course a victory on the Tour always means a little bit more than a win. Love’s ticket was not only punched for the Barclays, but also for a Masters appearance next season.

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Also worth noting is that Love became the third oldest winner of a PGA Tour event. Art Wall was three months older when he won the Greater Milwaukee Open in 1975. Sam Snead was a year older when he won the 1965 Greater Greensboro Open, which is now the Wyndham Championship. It is surprising to think that the oldest winner on Tour has only been 52, similar to how the oldest major winner was Jack Nicklaus at 46 in 1986. Those two records are certain to fall in the near future as Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods approach those ages. Hopefully they will still be playing good golf by then.

Aug 23, 2015; Greensboro, NC, USA; Tiger Woods walks to the 4th tee during the final round of the Wyndham Championship golf tournament at Sedgefield Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

As for Tiger Woods, the last chance at Wyndham ultimately failed. It should have been an encouraging performance for Tiger, as he hit in the sixties for three rounds before a final round even par 70 that was decided by his triple bogey on the eleventh hole. Still the Wyndham was glad for Woods’ showing, as eye balls and tv sets followed the coverage in a way the last chance tournament does not always get.

Last year’s champion Camillo Villegas was not really in the hunt to win, but he finished well enough to punch his own ticket to the Barclays.