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Davis Love III Happy to Be Back at AT&T Pro-Am

Davis Love III Happy to Be Back at AT&T Pro-Am

Feb. 3, 2014

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Davis Love III is back at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am for what could end up being the first of two trips to Pebble Beach Golf Links in 2014.

Last year, Love, a two-time winner of the AT&T, had to withdraw from the tournament due to a neck injury he suffered while competing at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. It was the first time he didn’t play in the AT&T since 1986, snapping a string of 27 straight starts.

“Last year was disappointing,” Love simply said while warming up for Monday’s annual Golf for Kids fundraiser tournament at Monterey Peninsula Country Club. “I got an injection for my neck in Phoenix, but it didn’t work.”

Along with missing the AT&T and Pebble Beach, Love’s injury forced him to skip the 25th anniversary dinner for MPCC member Jim Griggs. It was Griggs, a good friend of Love, and former MPCC head pro Mike Chapman, who founded the Kids for Golf tournament, which has generated over $3.7 million for the Boys and Girls Club of Monterey County since its inception.

To make things even worse, the injury also caused Love to miss the ceremony where he was honored with the USGA’s Bob Jones Award, which is annually given to the individual who most emulates Jones’ spirit, personal qualities and attitude toward the game.

“I ended up being out for three months,” Love said.

Now declaring himself “good to go” in regards to his health, this week’s AT&T start could be the first of two Pebble Beach starts this season. In April, Love turns 50, meaning he’ll be eligible to play in this year’s Champions Tour Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach. That event is slated for Sept. 26-28.

“Pebble in September always looks nice, and you’ve got Hawaii (the second-year Pacific Links Hawaii Championship is held the week prior to the First Tee Open) right there,” Love said.  “We’ll have to see what’s opposite on the (PGA) Tour, and where I am in the FedEx Cup standings.”

The weekend of Sept. 26-28 is also the Ryder Cup in Scotland, but Love most likely won’t be involved with that. In 2012, he captained the US squad that lost to the Europeans. Tom Watson is the captain of the 2014 squad.

As for the FedEx Cup points race, that will have already ended with The TOUR Championship on Sept. 11-14.

But just because he’ll turn 50 doesn’t mean that Love’s AT&T days will have ended.

“I could maybe still come and do this,” said Love III, noting that Fred Couples will play in the Northern Trust Open at Riviera CC the week after the AT&T. “I would love to play with my brother here.”

Love’s brother, Mark, is the executive director of the McGladrey Classic.

-Jerry Stewart

Author: Jerry Stewart

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