Davis and Dru are in Orlando this weekend playing together in a golf tournament ' the MBNA WorldPoints Father/Son Challenge. Dru became 12 years old on Friday, the age limit for the tournament. It will be his first chance to experience golf on a big-time scale, albeit only in a glorified exhibition.
Davis conceded that he, like any father, has talked to Dru a little bit about Davis' chosen career and some of the advantages and disadvantages of this life. But such discussions have been superfluous, very general. After all, Dru is still trying to figure out how to get into AJGA (American Junior Golf Assn.) tournaments now, not considering what course he wants his life to take when he is 25.
But Dru already has expressed an interest in someday becoming a professional golfer. Davis has downplayed talk of an eventual career for Dru ' after all, hes still a kid, and trying to keep him balanced between school and other activities and golf ' were more worried about trying to keep him away from Nintendo than getting him out on the course.
Of course. But Davis concedes that Dru is quickly coming to an age when some decisions should be made. Loves trainer, Randy Myers, has pointed out that Morgan Pressel - the 17-year-old who has dominated the amateur ranks and is likely to get through Q-school - started working out when she was 12. So, Davis says, its really not too early to get them pointed in the right direction.
And the right direction is whether to concentrate on golf, or to concentrate on some other activity. Love says it makes not the slightest difference to him.
Hes about to the point where he has to decide, you know, I want high school golf to be my goal, and then college golf, and then amateur golf, PGA Tour, says Davis. That kind of stuff.
Hes getting close to that. My dad made me make kind of a how hard are you going to work decision when I was 12 or 13.
A lot of youngsters are already knee-deep into golf by the time they are 12. Greg Norman didnt get involved in golf until he was at the rather advanced age of 16, but Davis realizes that he was a real anomaly. If Dru has hopes of one day being a professional, now is the time to say so. If he only wants go play golf as a hobby ' and Davis is perfectly OK with that, he says ' then that should be understood, also.
Love looks back to when he was about this age, 12, and his late father ' who was a professional golf instructor ' had similar questions for his son. Do what you really want to do, but if you decide you want to do this as a career, if you want to explore what this is all about, then its about time for us to get started working toward that end.
I dont know if hes quite as ready for it as I was, said Davis. But no, I certainly wouldnt discourage it (the hopes of a PGA Tour career). Its strictly whatever he wants to do with his life.
Loves daughter Lexie, who is 18 now, has made up her mind about what activity she wants to pursue. She decided long ago she wanted to pursue horsemanship, and that was never something we planned on doing, Davis said. But thats what she loved, and thats what she found out she was good at ... she loves it.
The life of, say, a professional accountant doesnt begin until college is finished, perhaps 22 or 23. Unfortunately for Davis and numerous other parents, the life of a professional golfer begins much younger. By the time a child has reached 13, 14 at the oldest, he or she has to decide.
Dru will have to decide, too, whether he really wants this lifestyle. If he decides he wants to pursue some other dream, Davis is totally OK with that. Davis and Dru are at the Father-Son golf tournament, but the Father-Son relationship is much more important to dad than forcing a career upon son.
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