Veteran Love targets success on PGA and Champions tours

Thu Jan 16, 2014 9:12pm EST
 
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(Reuters) - Having endured an injury-hit 2013 campaign, American veteran Davis Love III has lofty expectations for this year when he aims to contend on the regular PGA Tour and also its senior equivalent.

The former Ryder Cup captain will qualify for the Champions Tour when he celebrates his 50th birthday on April 13 but firmly believes he is good enough to flourish on both circuits.

Though Love has not triumphed on the PGA Tour since the 2008 Children's Miracle Network Classic, he said he was "excited" about this year after recovering from neck surgery that limited him to just 15 starts during 2013.

"I am getting there," the 20-time winner on the PGA Tour told Golf Channel after shooting a three-under-par 69 in Thursday's opening round of the Humana Challenge at La Quinta in California.

"Like today, I have good streaks and bad streaks. Three months off last year, starting in February, was kind of hard on me but I am coming back, I'm feeling stronger every week.

"I'm back to almost full strength and I am starting to hit some good shots, so I am excited about this year."

Love said he and fellow American Lee Janzen, who turns 50 in August, had already mapped out their 'bucket list' of events on both the regular and senior circuits to start their 2015 campaigns.

"We were talking this morning and said it would be nice to play Kapalua, Sony (Open) and Hualalai all in a row next year," Love smiled, referring to the year's first two events on the PGA Tour followed by the Champions Tour season opener.

"So that's our goal, to have a really good year this year and kind of focus on the regular tour."   Continued...

 
Davis Love III of the U.S. tees off on the 10th hole during the first round of the 2013 PGA Championship golf tournament at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York August 8, 2013. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes