After a long wait, Davis Love III finally shed the title of "best player never to have won a major yet" by making it to the winner's circle in the 1997 PGA Championship at Winged Foot. The 32-year-old Love shot a 4-under 66 in the final round to finish at 11-under, five strokes ahead of Justin Leonard. As Love made his final stride up the 18th fairway, a rainbow appeared. Interestingly enough, a rainbow was also spotted shortly after Love's victory at the 1992 Players Championship leading many to believe that his father's spirit has been smiling on him. Love's father, Davis Love Jr., was a well-known Golf Digest instructor, who died in a plane crash in 1988. Love dedicated the book "Every Shot I Take" to his father, who was one of his strongest influences in golf as well as in life.
1999 Season:-Though he went without a victory for the first time in four years, the 1999 season would have to be considered a success...finished third on money list with career-high $2,475,328...13 top-10 finishes included four runner-up placings...third-round 63 moved him into second place at Sony Open in Hawaii, one stroke behind Tommy Tolles...closing 70 made him part of five-way tie for second, two strokes behind Jeff Sluman...earned his fourth top-10 of year at Nissan Open, where rounds of 69-65-68-70 brought three-man T2...shared first-round lead at Masters after opening with 69...followed with rounds of 72-70-71 for second-place finish worth $432,000...it was his eighth top-10 finish in his first 10 events of 1999...the next week, had to withdraw after three rounds of MCI Classic due to sore back...had been told to take week off but, as defending champion, wanted to play...in first tournament back, finished T11 at MasterCard Colonial...ailment diagnosed as recurring pro!
blem with lower back disk...advised by doctors to take at least two weeks off between World Golf Championships-NEC Invitational and Ryder Cup to recover from pinche