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Davis Love III  

Davis Love III's father was a highly respected PGA Professional and teaching pro, Davis Love Jr., who is in the national teaching pros hall of fame.

His father instilled in Davis a love of golf and a respect for the game and its traditions that Davis carries proudly.

By the age of 10, Davis Love III knew he wanted to be a pro golfer. His junior career was impressive enough to win him a scholarship to the University of North Carolina, where Love was a 3-time All-American and the 1984 Atlantic Coast Conference champion.

He turned pro in 1985, his still-raw game marked by tremendous power. In his first full year on the PGA Tour, 1986, Love led the tour in driving distance.

In 1987 he got his first PGA Tour victory at the MCI Heritage, an event he has gone on to win five times total. Throughout the 1990s, Love was a fixture on PGA Tour leaderboards, frequently posting Top 10s and finishing high on the money list.

In 1992, Love won three times. In 1997, he earned his first major championship at the PGA. His best season, in terms of number of wins, came in 2003 when he posted four victories.

Love has been a staple on American teams in the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup and is a good bet to captain the U.S. team someday. In his career to date, Love has 19 victories. That number might be higher but for back and neck problems that periodically force Love to withdraw from tournaments.

Love Course Design is an architectural company Love runs with his brother, Mark.

Love's father was killed in a plane crash in 1988. In 1999, Davis Love Jr. was posthumously awarded the Harvey Penick Teaching Award. Davis Love III honored his father in 1997 with the publication of the book "Every Shot I Take," about his father's teachings on golf and life. It won the 1997 USGA International Book Award.

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