World Golf Hall of Famer is fully exempt into U.S. Senior Open at The Broadmoor, June 28-July 1
Love, who will turn 54 on April 13, has had a storied career. He won the 1997 PGA Championship, held at five-time U.S. Open host site Winged Foot Golf Club, in Mamaroneck, N.Y., and captured two Players Championships, in 1992 and 2003. He has recorded 21 PGA Tour victories, including the 2015 Wyndham Championship, which at age 51 made him the third-oldest winner in Tour history behind Sam Snead and Art Wall Jr.
“I’m really happy that my first U.S. Senior Open will be at The Broadmoor, one of America’s historic resorts,” said Love, who is fully recovered from hip-replacement surgery last November. “Colorado has been a special place for my family. I won two PGA Tour tournaments at Castle Pines and my father captured two junior match-play tournaments on the state level here in the 1950s. Having competed in more than 20 U.S. Opens, I know that I’ll have the same type of challenges at the Senior Open because of the course and the world-class field. I’ll have to use all my skills to pass this ultimate test, but I am ready for it.”
Love has competed in 23 U.S. Opens and was the runner-up to Colorado Golf Hall of Famer Steve Jones in 1996 at Oakland Hills Country Club, in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. He posted 10 top-25 finishes, which also included a tie for fourth in 1995 at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, the site of this year’s U.S. Open. He also excelled in team competition. Love played on the victorious 1985 USA Walker Cup Team, and also competed in six Ryder Cups and six Presidents Cups.
Davis Love III was the 2013 recipient of the Bob Jones Award, the USGA’s highest honor, which recognizes an individual who demonstrates the spirit, personal character and respect for the game exhibited by Jones, winner of nine USGA championships.
Online entry applications for the Senior Open began on March 7 and continue through Wednesday, May 16, at 5 p.m. EDT (www.usga.org/champs/apply).
To be eligible, a player must be age 50 or older at the start of the championship and have a Handicap Index® not exceeding 3.4, or be a professional.
More information about the 39th U.S. Senior Open before, during and after the championship is available at usga.org. Several ticket options are available for purchase at 2018ussenioropen.com/tickets/.
For general championship information, including how to volunteer, please visit 2018ussenioropen.com.