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He's Set for a Major Return
Davis Love III, who won the PGA Championship at Winged Foot in 1997, is confident of a big run.
By Thomas Bonk, Times Staff Writer
June 12, 2006

MAMARONECK, N.Y. — Nearly nine years ago, in August 1997, Davis Love III removed his name from a list he never wanted to be on. He was 33, he had just won his first major title at the PGA Championship at Winged Foot Golf Club and no longer was he the best player never to have won a major.

As far as careers go, it was a monumental moment for Love, or at least it appeared that way. His triumph at Winged Foot was regarded as a surefire breakthrough for Love, and there would be many more majors for the taking.

That has been true. There were many, just not any for him.

Since Love's major victory at Winged Foot, there have been 33 major championships won by 19 players, none of them named Love. Todd Hamilton, Rich Beem, Paul Lawrie, Shaun Micheel and Ben Curtis all have the same number of major championship titles — one — as Love, since 1997.

Love, 42, hasn't won a tournament since 2003, when he won four and earned a career-best $6.08 million. But as Winged Foot returns to the majors scene this week as the site of the U.S. Open, Love has fond memories of his winning ways in 1997 and healthy optimism that he is still a major player on golf's biggest stage.

"I'm certainly feeling better, feeling stronger," Love said. "I've spent so much time working hard on my game that I haven't really transferred that to scoring.

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