Love visiting mother at hospital, playing with son

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ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – It will be an eventful and emotional week for Davis Love III.

After spending Tuesday morning at a Jacksonville, Fla., hospital with his mother Penta, who suffered a stroke last week, Love arrived at Sea Island Resort in time for a press conference with his son Dru, who is playing this week’s RSM Classic on a sponsor exemption.

“One of the therapists asked if Dru qualified [for the RSM Classic] and I said, 'Yes,'” said Love, the host of this week’s event. “She said it was going to make my week more busy and I laughed. It couldn’t get any more busy.”

Love hopes to be back at the hospital with his 88-year-old mother Thursday night, depending on the schedule of this week’s event.

“She’s hanging in there,” he said. “She’s a tough lady as everyone knows and she’ll have a long road back, but it’s been encouraging to see her make progress.”

Love will also get to see what kind of progress Dru has made after the Alabama junior won a four-player match with a 3-under 69 on Sea Island’s Plantation Course to earn his first PGA Tour start.

Love will be paired with his son and Justin Thomas for the first two rounds at Sea Island.

“It’s a great way to do it,” said Love, who admitted he was reluctant to give his son a spot in the field. “It’s a comfortable place for him. He’ll be uncomfortable maybe on the first tee, but I think once we get him off the first tee, get his dad off the first tee, we’ll settle down and have fun.”