Love's son wins college title hours before Ryder Cup announcement

By Ryan LavnerFebruary 24, 2015, 6:30 pm

The first thing Dru Love did Tuesday after winning his first college tournament was call his dad, who today just so happens to be the most talked-about man in golf.

Four hours before a news conference in which he would be named the next U.S. Ryder Cup captain, Davis Love III sat in his car outside PGA of National headquarters, constantly refreshing the live-scoring website for the Puerto Rico Classic.

When Dru finally buzzed in, Davis skipped the pleasantries and asked: “All right, so what’d you do on the last hole?”

Told that his only son had drained a 15-footer for birdie to share medalist honors, Davis began whooping and yelling.

“It’s an incredible day for our family,” Dru said in a phone interview.

An incredible coincidence, too. 

After an injury-plagued start to his Alabama career, Dru Love has come into his own during his redshirt sophomore season. 

Two years ago, he stepped on a teammate’s foot, tore every ligament and tendon in his right ankle, and missed the next five months. He played well during the summer but was unable to crack the lineup for Alabama’s back-to-back NCAA title-winning team. Over Christmas vacation, he broke a bone in his right wrist during a sledding accident with his cousin. Another nine-week absence ensued, enough to dash any hopes of spring qualifying.

“Every time I got hurt I felt like I was getting better, close to where I wanted to be,” Dru said, but the time away helped reignite his passion for the game, made him even more determined to get better.

“It’s pretty good motivation,” he said, “sitting in the rehab facility with all of our trainers and watching my phone, seeing our guys shoot 5 under and win tournaments by 20 while squeezing a ball hundreds of times.”

Alabama coach Jay Seawell said Love enjoyed a “coming-out party” during the fall, when he recorded a pair of top 10s during his first real action with the traveling squad. 

Then came the breakthrough in Puerto Rico. One shot back heading into the final day, Love was lounging by the pool Monday afternoon when he was awakened by a call from his dad.

They talked for 20 minutes – not about captaincies and task forces, but about how Dru was going to approach the final day, how he was going to stay committed to his routine, how he wouldn't worry about the final result.

And then, as Dru walked to the range to warm up for the final round, Davis sent his son two texts:

You’re ready. Just go get ’em.

Take dead aim.

That's the same advice that Harvey Penick had told Dru’s grandfather when he played for him at Texas, advice that has been passed down for generations of Loves.

Seawell was a freshman at South Carolina in the mid-’80s when Davis was a junior at North Carolina. Every once in a while the coach will remind Dru how Davis was before he became a prolific Tour winner, how hard he worked, the steps he took to get better.

“Davis has done a good job of helping him but not imposing his will on how to do something,” Seawell said. “His dad is a great dad and a great golfer and he has his own legacy. But I always tell Dru: If you’re going to be a great golfer, that’s got to be on you.” 

Dru took the next step in Puerto Rico, putting the pedal down with two birdies in his last three holes to post 7-under 209, tied with Virginia Tech’s Scott Vincent. 

“Only my fourth college tournament and already getting a win,” Dru said, “I’m getting experience a lot faster than I expected. It’s fun to play good golf and it’s fun to be healthy.” 

On Tuesday, it was even more fun to be a Love.

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Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.

The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.

There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. 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.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

Playing with the pros

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Rory faces criticism

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President at the Presidents Cup

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Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

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Cart on the green

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Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open

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Trump golf properties


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Reportedly fake TIME covers

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Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

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Pros comment on the president

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Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo

By Grill Room TeamDecember 15, 2017, 1:05 am

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.

With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.

Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.

The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.

Image via tom.lovelady on Instagram.

In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.