Love turns back the clock at Wyndham, Tiger fades

Sun Aug 23, 2015 7:43pm EDT
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By Andrew Both

GREENSBORO, North Carolina (Reuters) - Davis Love III became the oldest winner on the PGA Tour in 40 years when he clinched the Wyndham Championship on Sunday while Tiger Woods's bid to end a two-year victory drought ended in a tie for 10th.

North Carolina-born Love, 51, secured his 21st PGA Tour title, and his third in Greensboro, in magnificent style, recovering from a bogey at the first hole to card six-under-par 64 at Sedgefield Country Club.

More than two years after spinal fusion back surgery, and five months after foot surgery, the 2016 U.S. Ryder Cup captain finished at 17-under 263, one stroke ahead of overnight leader Jason Gore (69), who missed a long birdie chance at the last that would have forced a playoff.

"Any victory now when you're over 50 is really sweet," Love, who earned a berth in the lucrative FedExCup playoffs with the win, told reporters. "It's hard to believe."

Woods, who has not won on the PGA Tour since the 2013 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, began the day two strokes off the lead and needing a win to guarantee a FedExCup playoffs berth but was not able to convert a birdie opportunity until the ninth hole.

"I gave myself a chance. I had all the opportunities in the world to do it and didn't get it done," said Woods.

Love ended a losing streak on tour that stretched back to 2008 by making eagles at both par-fives, and adding four birdies to go with two bogeys. And he made his move while ignoring leaderboards.

"I did a really good job (of) not looking at leaderboards. When I walked off and saw I had a two-shot lead I was shocked," he said. "I've been saying all year if I putt well enough to win on the (over-50s) Champions Tour I can win on this tour.   Continued...

Aug 23, 2015; Greensboro, NC, USA; Davis Love III chips onto the first green during the final round of the Wyndham Championship golf tournament at Sedgefield Country Club. Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports