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Love turns 50, inspired by Masters leaderboard

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – It was not exactly an elaborate birthday celebration for Davis Love III, who turned 50 on Sunday.

“We were turkey hunting in Georgia and I woke my nephew up about 5:15 (a.m.) and he rolled over and said, ‘Happy birthday,’” Love smiled. “It was exactly what I wanted.”

The leaderboard at last week’s Masters was also exactly what Love needed to see following his benchmark birthday. Miguel Angel Jimenez, 50, finished in fourth place, four strokes behind Bubba Watson; Bernard Langer, 56, finished tied for eighth and Fred Couples, who at 54 is a leaderboard staple at the year’s first major, began the final round tied for 10th before he faded on Sunday.

“I texted Freddie the other day and said you’ll get another one (Masters) before you’re 60,” Love smiled.

Love has no plans to play the Champions Tour and is instead focused on qualifying for the U.S. Open and Open Championship and earning his way back to next year’s Masters.

“I know if I play hard and play well like those guys I can still have a chance, not as many chances, but I’ve still got a chance,” said Love, who is playing the RBC Heritage for the first time since 2011.