Love Feels Safe Inside Ropes

By Golf Channel NewsroomAugust 13, 2003, 4:00 pm
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) -- Tragedy and rumors swirl around his personal life, issues that Davis Love III struggles with everyday. Get him on the golf course, though, and it's never been lovelier.
Four wins, possible player of the year, money title and second major championship. It's all running through Love's mind as he gets ready to tee off Thursday in the PGA Championship at Oak Hill.
Not far away, though, are reminders that all has not been well in what has otherwise been a magical year for the boyish-looking tour veteran.
There was the suicide in May of his brother-in law, who was being investigated for taking some of Love's money. Love found the body when he went to a hunting cabin they used.
Lately, there's been nasty rumors about his marriage circulating so widely Love was forced to confront them publicly.
'Not everybody hears every rumor,' Love said. 'But a lot of people heard it.'
Through it all, Love is playing the golf of his career, confident and pain-free on the course even while he faces life's problems away from it.
He's coming off a near-win at the British Open and a dominating win in last week's International. He's risen to No. 3 in the world and no longer seems intimidated by Tiger Woods.
And he's feeling better about his game than he has in years.
'My second love, other than my family, is playing golf,' Love said. 'It's been nice to be able to come out and play and, thankfully, my wife and my family has pulled together and allowed me to do that.'
Put it all together, and it makes a pretty convincing case for Love to add a second PGA Championship to the one he won six years ago at Winged Foot.
'I've played enough big tournaments, that I ought to be comfortable at this one,' Love said. 'So, hopefully that confidence from playing well this year and also playing a lot of golf tournaments like this will help me this week.'
It's not that simple, though, and Love knows it.
Despite his success this year, Love continues to find success at major championships elusive. And no player has won a major after winning a regular tour event since Sandy Lyle won the Masters in 1988.
Just last month, Love went off on Sunday in the final group at the British Open, a shot behind Thomas Bjorn. But he bogeyed four holes on the front nine before regrouping and having a chance at winning coming down the stretch.
Love couldn't birdie the relatively easy par-5 14th, and then bogeyed the 17th to finish tied with Woods, two shots behind Ben Curtis.
'Certainly, the first five holes of the Open championship I got ahead of myself on Sunday,' Love said. 'I was a little impatient and didn't play them very well. It took me awhile to settle down.'
Patience is something Love has been working hard with mental guru Bob Rotella on. He's trying to stay in the moment on every shot and not think about the consequences.
It's worked well enough that Love has won four of the 15 tournaments he has played, and leads the tour with $5.1 million in prize money.
It also keeps his mind off of problems away from the course.
'I won't say that I've been doing it all year, but certainly at different times I've done a great job,' Love said. 'When I've gotten off to really good starts, I've stayed in the golf tournament the whole way.'
That showed last week at the International, where Love shot opening rounds of 63 and 66 and won going away. It's going to be tougher at a place like Oak Hill, where the rough is deeper than it is at the U.S. Open and recent rains make it play longer than the listed par-70, 7,134 yards.
Love, of course, is one of the longest hitters and the course could play into his game. But he expects to hit a lot of 3-woods and long irons off the tee just to stay in the fairway and have a chance at his second shot.
'If you hit it in the rough, you're in trouble,' Love said. 'If they are looking for it to be a severe penalty for hitting in the rough, it certainly is. But I think you'll see a lot of funny looking golf shots out of it.'
Love's only major championship win in the 1997 PGA championship was a tribute to his father, Davis Love Jr., a teaching pro who died in a 1988 plane crash. As Love was finishing the final hole, a rainbow appeared and he looked to the sky with tears in his eyes.
He's older now and beginning at age 39 to get questions about whether his time is running out to win more majors.
'If I can just stay focused and not get relaxed, keep working hard like I have been this year, I don't think there's any reason why at 39 years old my best golf isn't ahead of me,' he said.
If his first PGA Championship win was emotional, winning this one would be, too. He would likely become player of the year, a race that still has Woods, Mike Weir, Jim Furyk and Kenny Perry in it.
In a year that has tested him so much off the course, Love is keeping it in perspective.
'Certainly it's been a great year golf-wise,' he said. I think my family has obviously had a big loss this summer, and that will be with us for a long time. But we've certainly grown close at the same time. I think a lot like when my dad passed away, we pulled together and got stronger and moved forward.
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    How to watch The Open on TV and online

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 22, 2018, 8:30 am

    You want to watch the 147th Open? Here’s how you can do it.

    Golf Channel and NBC Sports will be televising 182 hours of overall programming from the men's third major of the year at Carnoustie

    In addition to the traditional coverage, the two networks will showcase three live alternate feeds: marquee groups, featured holes (our new 3-hole channel) and spotlight action. You can also watch replays of full-day coverage, Thursday-Sunday, in the Golf Channel app, NBC Sports apps, and on  

    Here’s the weekly TV schedule, with live stream links in parentheses. You can view all the action on the Golf Channel mobile, as well. Alternate coverage is noted in italics:

    (All times Eastern; GC=Golf Channel; NBC=NBC Sports; or check the GLE app)

    Monday, July 16

    GC: 7-9AM: Morning Drive (

    GC: 9-11AM: Live From The Open (

    GC: 7-9PM: Live From The Open (

    Tuesday, July 17

    GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (

    Wednesday, July 18

    GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (

    Thursday, July 19

    GC: Midnight-1:30AM: Midnight Drive (

    GC: Day 1: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 1: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 1: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM ( Day 1: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (

    GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (

    Friday, July 20

    GC: Day 2: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 2: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 2: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM ( Day 2: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (

    GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (

    Saturday, July 21

    GC: Day 3: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (

    NBC: Rd. 3: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-3PM (

    GC: Live From The Open: 3-4PM (

    Sunday, July 22

    GC: Day 4: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (

    NBC: Rd. 4: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-2:30PM ( Day 4: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-2:30PM ( Day 4: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-2PM ( Day 4: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-2PM (

    GC: Live From The Open: 2:30-4PM (

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    By Rex HoggardJuly 21, 2018, 8:06 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Following a breakthough season during which he won twice and collected the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Award, Xander Schauffele concedes his sophomore campaign has been less than stellar, but that could all change on Sunday at The Open.

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    So it’s little surprise that Jordan Spieth is the odds-on favorite (7/4) to win his fourth major entering Sunday’s final round.

    Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner, both tied with Spieth at 9 under par, are next in line at 5/1 and 11/2 respectively. Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, both four shots behind the leaders, are listed at 14/1.

    Click here for the leaderboard and take a look below at the odds, courtesy Jeff Sherman at

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    Jordan Spieth: 7/4

    Xander Schauffele: 5/1

    Kevin Kisner: 11/2

    Tiger Woods: 14/1

    Francesco Molinari: 14/1

    Rory McIlroy: 14/1

    Kevin Chappell: 20/1

    Tommy Fleetwood: 20/1

    Alex Noren: 25/1

    Zach Johnson: 30/1

    Justin Rose: 30/1

    Matt Kuchar: 40/1

    Webb Simpson: 50/1

    Adam Scott: 80/1

    Tony Finau: 80/1

    Charley Hoffman: 100/1

    Austin Cook: 100/1