Love Wins First Since 2003


2006 Chrysler Classic of GreensboroGREENSBORO, N.C. -- Davis Love III snapped a three-year winless streak on Sunday by winning the Chrysler Classic of Greensboro.
Love collected his 19th PGA TOUR victory, but first since The International in 2003. That year he won four times, including The Players Championship, but things have certainly changed since.
Davis Love III
Davis Love III reacts to his 19th career PGA TOUR victory.
After the win at Castle Pines three years ago, Love moved to third in the World Rankings. Heading into this week, Love dipped to 26th and he missed his first Ryder Cup team since his debut in 1993.
'After '03, I thought we were on a roll and it just, unfortunately, hadn't happened for awhile so it's exciting,' said Love, who pocketed $900,000 for the win. 'It's a big relief and hopefully the start of bigger things to come,'
He posted a 6-under 66 in the final round and won the title by two shots at 16-under-par 272.
Jason Bohn also carded a 66 on Sunday to finish alone in second place at minus-14. Eric Axley (67) and Steve Flesch (68) tied for third place at 13-under-par 275.
Ryan Palmer shot a 5-under 67 and came in fifth at minus-12.
Love began the final round tied for the lead with Chris Couch and flew out of the gate. He ran home a 5-foot birdie putt at the first, then one from 10 feet at No. 2. That birdie run only saw him tie for the lead as Axley soared up the leaderboard.
Love landed in a bunker at the seventh and his best effort was close to 30 feet from the hole. He missed that putt to post a bogey and fall behind, but that was short-lived. Love sank an 8-footer for birdie at eight, but found himself two behind Axley, who converted a 4-footer for birdie at the 10th.
Axley built a three-shot lead after 12-foot birdie putt at 13, but the tide changed. Axley drove into the trees at 14 and could not save par. Love rolled in a 30-foot birdie putt at the 10th and suddenly Axley was only one ahead.
Bohn made his presence known with a tap-in birdie at 14. He joined Axley in the lead at 14 under par, but Love moved past the pair. At the 13th, Love holed a 3-foot birdie putt to join the fray in the lead. Love holed a 9-foot birdie putt at 14 and was one in front of the pack.
Axley missed a 6-foot par putt at 17 and limped into the clubhouse at 13 under par. Bohn never tallied another birdie the rest of the way, so it was up to Love to protect his lead.
He did more.
At the par-5 15th, Love two-putted for another birdie to grab a two-shot lead. He was never threatened on the way to the winner's circle as he routinely two-putted for par at the closing three holes to earn the streak-snapping victory.
'I'm excited to pull it off here,' said Love, who redesigned Forest Oaks in 2002. 'People want me to win, they expect me to win and especially at a place like this and that's been my problem is expectations. Whether they're mine or other people's, it's nice to put those aside and just play golf.'
First and second-round leader Nick Watney (68), Troy Matteson (68), Ryan Moore (69), Joe Durant (69), Lucas Glover (69) and Daniel Chopra (69) shared sixth place at 11-under-par 277.
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