Several days after Davis Love III faced the bright lights and cameras of what he referred to as "the biggest press conference of my life," the 2016 U.S. Ryder Cup captain looked more unassuming.
He walked down the cart path which has a stick chair at your fingertips, dressed like all in the other spectators fighting the chilly wind at Sawgrass Country Club through the first round of your John Hayt Collegiate Invitational Friday. But, the very first time, he watched his son play as being a collegiate medalist.
Davis Love IV, or Dru, made Feb. 24 a far more wedding to the Love family as he birdied the last hole for the Puerto Rico Classic and took co-medalist honors just hours before his father can be officially announced as the U.S. Ryder Cup captain. Love III sat in the car at PGA headquarters thus hitting refresh on his phone until his son rang while using the nice thing about it.
"It was killing me to understand happening," said Love III.
The closing birdie sealed Love's third top-10 in four events there is much surprise. The early-season success proves to like III that Alabama is definitely the right area for his son after 3 years of refining a sport that oozes with power and potential.
"He's very raw. He hasn't played a considerable amount of tournaments in contrast to most 21-year-olds," said Love III. "He's not burned on golf, that's great, but he wasn't the 10-year-old playing every AJGA tournament. He's really learning still.（TaylorMade SLDR Bois de parcours）
"That's why I sent him as much as Jay (Seawell, Alabama's head coach). He was required to learn how to play and compete. He could hit the tennis ball, He just should get some tournament experience."
Tournament experience comes in plenty of different ways, like playing against former All-Americans Justin Thomas, Trey Mullinax, Cory Whitsett and Bobby Wyatt in qualifying rounds while enjoying the ride of two national title runs.
"In certainly one of his qualifying tournaments, he shot 6 under for four rounds and finished third. Twenty-two under won," Love III said. "But he's while in the right place because of Jay. (Jay is) this sort of great coach in addition to a great person."
Dru Love, that is No. 60 inside Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, gained confidence when he go back to Tuscaloosa for any spring and won the team's qualifier. Love III told his son that, "If you beat Robby Shelton at anything, you're playing great."（TaylorMade fers）
Love proceeded to share the win in Puerto Rico before turning around and competing within the Hayt, where they got away and off to a solid start at a treacherous course. Love shot a 1-over 73 after making birdies about the latter holes. The round was solid in the windy Sawgrass Country Club and sufficiently good to put him three shots journey 18-hole lead.
"It would have been a really hard-fought round for everyone. The wind was blowing hard, also it was hard to judge shots," said Love. "I shot 1-over, birdied a final two holes. I created a lot to choose from but also picked some up coming in, so I'm looking forward to tomorrow."
Whether or not he proceeds win back-to-back, Love III knows his son's best golf is ahead of him.
"He has potential. We keep telling him: 'Work difficult for your game, you will have the possible ways to do one thing you would like.' He's shown it," Love III said. "He'll remain more tournament savvy, and with Dr. Bob Rotella (a sports psychologist), he's figuring out how to contain himself. They have many potential, and potential is good with good thing about it."
The bias of an father? Maybe. But Love III is viewed through the PGA of America because the top evaluator and leader in the sport, and his awesome son's answers are beginning to support his case.