Davis Loves Brother-in-Law Found Dead
Love discovered the body of Jeffrey Knight on May 16 in a hunting lodge about 25 miles away from his home in St. Simon's Island, Ga., the magazine reports in its June 7 edition.
Knight died of a gunshot wound to the head, Camden County Sheriff's spokesman William Terrell said.
Love, No. 1 on the PGA Tour money list this year, could not be reached for comment. He is expected to play this week in the FBR Capital Open in Potomac, Md.
Knight was married to the sister of Love's wife. He worked as an operations manager for the Love household, handling travel plans, paying bills and taking care of day-to-day matters. He was not involved with Love's golf-course design business.
It's the second family tragedy for Love. He was 24 when his father, popular teaching pro Davis Love Jr., died in a 1988 plane crash.
'Right now, Davis' main goal is to take care of the family,' his agent, Mac Barnhardt, told Golfweek.
FBI special agent Tony Alig said irregularities in Love's accounts prompted several banks to file reports of suspicious activities. The FBI began investigating in December, and Alig first questioned Knight in early May.
'He was very cooperative,' Alig told the magazine. 'He did admit, to put it in layman's terms, stealing money from Mr. Love.'
Love was not aware of that until May 12, the day after he returned from the Wachovia Championship in North Carolina.
The magazine said Knight was taking the money from an account that had been established when Love built a new home on his estate in St. Simon's Island. The house was built in 2000, but the account remained open.
Golfweek said Knight spent the money on the Camden County fishing lodge, home renovations, and a significant amount preparing for a Y2K disaster.
According to an obituary in The Brunswick (Ga.) News, Knight was a Gulf War veteran who served as a military special operations intelligence analyst.
'In discussions with me, he said Y2K influenced him,' Alig said, adding that Knight stockpiled food, fuel, tools and solar-heating equipment.
Alig last interviewed him May 15. Knight went to the hospital later that day for sleep apnea, checked out early and did not return home.
Love, who spent a lot of time hunting and fishing with his brother-in-law, went to the lodge when he found out Knight was missing. He called 911 upon finding the body.
Alig described Love as 'emotional, but in control of himself.'
Barnhardt said Love was prepared to move forward. Love had been gearing his game to the U.S. Open, which will be played next week outside Chicago at Olympia Fields.
'Davis is one tough dude,' Barnhardt said.
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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?
Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.
Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”
Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.
Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.
The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.
Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.
Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.
Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.
Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational
Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.
The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.
Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.
Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.
The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.
Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.