Davis Love III, who turned 50 in April, has yet to play on the Champions Tour, opting instead for a full slate this season against players who are sometimes half his age. This week, for instance, he's teeing it up at an event where Harris English enters as defending champion - a player born in July 1989, more than two years after Love notched his first career victory at the RBC Heritage.
The veteran's experience has paid off so far at the FedEx St. Jude Classic, as Love finds himself on the first page of the leaderboard after rounds of 65 and 70. He was one of only a few players to complete the second round before storms interrupted play for the second straight day, and at 5 under he was tied for fourth when play was suspended for the day, seven shots behind leader Ben Crane.
Love has made 11 of 15 cuts this season but struggled somewhat over the weekend, with a tie for 26th at the Arnold Palmer Invitational being the only time he has cracked the top 60 in his last seven starts. His finish at Bay Hill remains his best result this season, but the former PGA champion has some positive memories in Memphis: he tied for third in 2012, then followed that with a T-18 finish last year. Including his start this week, Love has now shot par or better in nine of his last 10 competitive rounds at TPC Southwind.
Shortly after turning 50 this spring, Love explained his decision to remain on the PGA Tour full-time while keeping the Champions Tour on the back burner.
"I know if I play hard and play well like those guys, I can still have a chance," said Love, whose last win came at the now-defunct Children's Miracle Network Classic in 2008. "Not as many chances, but I've still got a chance."