Davis Love III: the Return of the Golf Dork

Erin TetroContributor IMarch 25, 2009

I have been a fan of DL III for years. I'm not sure how to explain it to you, but there is something in Davis that just appeals to me as a golfer. Maybe it's his fluid swing, maybe because he is a dominant player and major winner, maybe because he's a Tar Heelwho knows? All I know is that I'm a big fan.

So the recent revival of his game and rise in the rankings is something that I must recognize. Love has moved up the rankings with consistent play, dating back to the end of the 2008 season.

Love finished in the top 11 in four of his last six events last season. He started 2009 on that same pace by finishing second at the Mercedes, and only missing one cut in his last six starts on tour, and has four top 25 finishes.

A rejuvenated Davis is making a strong case for the Ryder cup in 2010 at Celtic Manor Golf Resort in Wales, returning to the form which made him a major winner and one of the best players in golf.

At the end of last season, he picked up his 20th win at the Disney event, and I would not be surprised to see him win multiple times on tour this year. Maybe Davis is pulling his new confidence from the success of the over-40 crowd on tour with the play of Kenny Perry and Vijay Singh. Whatever it is, I hope he continues his ride.

Davis has overcome many personal battles in his life. He faced embezzlement from within his own family; that situation ended in a suicide by that party. He has battled back and health problems, and has resumed to be a winner and a force to be reckoned with on tour.

I have a friend who refers to Davis as a" Golf Dork." I'm not sure where that disdain for one of the sports greats comes from, and maybe it's true. Maybe Davis is a dork with his trucker Titleist hat and his preppy POLO shirtsbut how can you possibly bag on the guy that gave Michael Jordan his first set of clubs? I mean, C'mon!! How cool is that?