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Tour Report: No. 87: Davis Love III

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2013 PREVIEW: Davis Love III finished 100th on the PGA TOUR money list last year — marking the 27th straight year he’s finished there or higher — but he’s got much loftier goals. The 48-year-old Ryder Cup captain will be trying to make his buddy Fred Couples’ U.S. Presidents Cup team.

2012 DEFINING MOMENT: Love refused to run away and hide after his American Team’s Ryder Cup loss, playing all four Fall Series events and tying for fourth at The McGladrey Classic, where he serves as host. It wasn’t his best finish, though — he shared the 54-hole lead at the FedEx St. Jude Classic and finished third, trying to join Arnold Palmer as the only Ryder Cup captains to win a TOUR event that same year. –- Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

ALBERS’ QUICK TAKE: How distracting it must have been for Davis Love III in 2012. The Ryder Cup captaincy was the focus of his attention for the last two years, and took away from his golf game. He failed to win a million dollars, but came close at $989,753. The week after Medinah, Davis was grinding away in Las Vegas and played all four of the Fall Series events. Love still possesses great power, averaging 296.3 yards per drive.– Fred Albers, SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio

BOLTON’S FANTASY OUTLOOK: While he’s finished inside the top 100 on the money list every year since the back half of the Reagan administration, his light schedule and age (will turn 49 in April) preclude anything more than a complementary role deep in rosters. That was the same game plan entering 2012, and he was juggling Ryder Cup captain duties, yet he still found three top 10s. DL3 is properly labeled as a nice guy, but make no mistake, he’s fiercely competitive, so I’m not expecting him to ride off into the sunset. — Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM Fantasy expert

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2012 QUICK REVIEW

Regular Season ranking

105th

Final Playoffs ranking

115th

Best finishes T3 FedEx St. Jude Classic
By the Numbers

Starts: 20

Cuts made: 13

Rounds played: 64

Top-10 finishes: 3

Money List rank: 100th

TOUR ranking

Driving distance: 39th

Driving accuracy: 130th

Greens in regulation: 97th

Strokes gained-putting: 109th

Scoring average: 47th


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