By Aaron Nolan
White Sulphur Springs, WV
So often on the PGA Tour the topic of conversation is centered around the youth of the tour and how the game is becoming more centered around the young guys, but no one is telling Davis Love III that after his first round. The fifty-three year old veteran tour player showed everyone in the golf world that age is not going to be a factor at the 2017 Greenbrier Classic. Love defied all expectations on Thursday morning as he opened up his 2017 Greenbrier Classic by firing 63 to put him in the hunt after day one. The twenty-one time PGA tour winner got off to a hot start with birdies on four of his first five holes to start the day, which gave him plenty of momentum to put together his best round ever here at the Greenbrier.
The rainfall the course received over the past few days gave the pros perfect scoring conditions, which Love was glad he took advantage of, “It was one of those days where you knew there were going to be some really good scores. The greens are perfect. Thursday morning on tour are the best greens of the week. Not going to get any better than that. I’m glad I took advantage of it.”
Love certainly took full advantage of the soft golf course, but also had to admit that he got a few lucky breaks along the way. “I had a couple that could have gone either way and I made birdies when I could have made pars. That turned the round from something good to something great.” One of those birdies came on the par five seventeenth where Love left his approach about 20 feet short of the green and followed it up by chipping it in. After chipping in on seventeen Love looked at his caddy and told him that the chip in was a result of the forty-five minutes of extra time spent practicing the night before.
Spending extra time practicing is something Love has done quite a bit recently and is glad that he is finally seeing some results. “I’ve been working really hard the last couple weeks trying to fix my swing to kind of swing around a stiff back and hip. I put a lot of time in hitting balls and trying to get back to hitting it solid. A lot of hard work is starting to pay off, and hopefully the rest of the summer I can keep it going.” Love also recently decided that he is done trying to hit the ball a country mile like the young guys, “I’ve given it up on hitting it a long way. I’m just telling myself I have to hit is straight. This is a perfect golf course for me. If you get it in the fairway, everybody has an opportunity from the fairway.”
Love will be back at on Friday afternoon here at the Old White TPC and will be looking to add another good round to his week at the Greenbrier. Despite being twice as old as some of the players in the field, Love is in the hunt, showing many here at the Greenbrier that age won’t be a factor this week at the Greenbrier Classic.