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First Published: March 1, 2004Written by: Andy Smith

Davis Love III

After a career best season in 2003 with 4 wins and earning of over $6million, Davis Love III has kicked off 2004 looking like he will have another cracking year.

At 2004 Sony Open - Getty Images

Born in 1964, Davis Love III turned professional in his 21st year and it wasn't long before he notched up his first of 18 PGA Tour victories by winning the 1987 MCI Heritage Golf Classic. His other Tour victories so far are: 1990; The International, 1991; MCI Heritage Golf Classic, 1992; THE PLAYERS Championship, MCI Heritage Golf Classic, KMart Greater Greensboro Open, 1993; Infiniti Tournament of Champions, Las Vegas Invitational, 1995; Freeport-McMoRan Classic, 1996; Buick Invitational, 1997; PGA Championship, Buick Challenge, 1998; MCI Classic, 2001; AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, 2003; AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, THE PLAYERS Championship, MCI Heritage & The INTERNATIONAL.
In addition to his personal triumphs he has represented the United States in team competitions over the years, namely: Walker Cup, 1985; Dunhill Cup, 1992; World Cup (5), 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997; Ryder Cup (5), 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2002; The Presidents Cup (5), 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2003. It looks likely that Ryder Cup selection will be a formality again this year.

2004 WGC Accenture Match Play - Getty Images

Congratulating Tiger Woods at WGC- Accenture MatchPlay 2004 - Getty Images

Already in 2004, Davis Love III has had 3 PGA Tour top-10s. He tied for 9th at the Mercedes Championships, then one week later, came third at the Sony Open in Hawaii and this week finished runner-up to Tiger Woods in the final of the WGC-Accenture Match Play at La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, California. The $700,000 prize for that second place takes his earnings so far this year to $1,181,400 and moves him up from 20th to 7th on the 2004 money list. On current form, it doesn't look like he'll be sliding down the official world rankings either where he is currently holding fifth position.

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