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Love 'grateful' to receive USGA's Bob Jones Award

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On Saturday night, Davis Love III received the 2013 Bob Jones Award, given annually to the individual who demonstrates the spirit, personal character and respect for the game as Jones, who won nine USGA championships. It is the USGA’s highest honor.

Love, 48, won 20 PGA Tour events and most recently captained the U.S. team at the 2012 Ryder Cup. He has represented his country as a player in six Ryder Cups, six Presidents Cups and in the 1985 Walker Cup.

Love, who was unable to attend the ceremony, said in a statement: “I am very grateful to be selected by the USGA to receive their highest honor. Just to be mentioned in the same company as the previous recipients is a nice compliment, but to have my name permanently etched alongside them on an award named after Bob Jones is a tremendous feeling.”

In 2005, Love established the Davis Love Foundation, in St. Simons Island, Ga., to assist national- and community-based programs that work to build a better future for at-risk children. The foundation is the host organization of the PGA Tour’s McGladrey Classic.