Love returns from pandemic and a house that burned to ground

Love returns from pandemic and a home that burned to ground

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) – Davis Love III dealt with a various type of change when he went back to the PGA Trip today at Hilton Head.

2 weeks after golf was closed down since of the brand-new coronavirus, his house at Sea Island burned to the ground. It was an overall loss, flames swallowing up the whole structure even with fire authorities rapidly on the scene.

Love stated it was psychological when he and his other half, Robin, loaded for the RBC Heritage.

“We didn’t have anything to pack like we usually would do,” Love stated. “I’m searching for head covers, and my son gave me a ball-mark fixer on Sunday evening. I was like, ‘I just don’t have enough equipment to go play a PGA Tour event. So it’s been ups and downs like that.”

Love, a five-time winner at Harbour Town, played a practice round Wednesday with U.S. Amateur champ Andy Ogletree and another amateur in the field, Spencer Ralston.

Even more challenging was seeing familiar faces, lots of for the very first time considering that the fire.

He leaned on another psychological minute in his profession, going back to the trip in late 1988 after his dad passed away in an airplane crash. Love states when he appeared at the Chrysler Group Champion in South Florida, Andy Bean pulled him aside and recommended discovering the best words for everybody who would be revealing their acknowledgements.

“So I’m kind of going to go through that again,” he stated. “Yesterday I got kind of worn out because I was talking so much to the people who wanted to talk to me.”

It was an excellent type of exhausted. Love stated he mored than happy to see many pals after being away for 3 months, despite the fact that he has actually spoken with lots of over the phone.

“It’s going to be a process, but we’re moving through it,” Love stated. “Again, we’re blessed. We just lost some things. Nobody got hurt, and our family is still healthy and safe.”

He stated he has actually purchased another home in St. Simons Island, Georgia. When among the guidelines main asked if he was settled in, Love stated he responded, “No, I’m settling.”

“It will be a long time until things get settled for us,” he stated. “But we’re moving forward. We’ve got great support at home. It’s just nice to be back out among friends.”


The PGA Trip resumed recently therefore did the world ranking. And with many gamers excited to return to work, the field at Colonial was its greatest considering that the ranking started in1986 Daniel Berger won and went from No. 107 to No. 31.

Along the method, he passed 18 gamers on the European Trip who could not do anything about it. The European Trip is not set up to resume for another month in Austria, and its very first 8 occasions will include little bags and weak fields.

2 other Europeans that Berger passed – Henrik Stenson and Lee Westwood – selected not to come over from Sweden and England, respectively. They would have dealt with a 14- day quarantine upon arrival.

The variation in ranking points for the PGA Trip while the other 5 significant trips stay idle has actually been a fragile argument. For the leading gamers – Tommy Fleetwood and Adam Scott are amongst those who are not coming by right now – Rory McIlroy states it remains in their hands.

“If I were in their shoes and I was asked to come over to the states and shelter in place or quarantine for two weeks before these tournaments, I would have done that,” McIlroy stated. “If you really care about your career and care about moving forward, you should be here.”

McIlroy stated he comprehends there are other variables – Fleetwood and Scott have children and might be required to be away for long stretches – however he included, “We all have the means to rent a very nice house in a gated community in Florida.”

“I honestly don’t understand the guys complaining because there is a solution to it,” he stated. “You can come over here and do what needs to be done.”

He did not attend to the European Trip members who have no location to play. Berger ended up being qualified for the World Golf Champion in Memphis, Tennessee, where he has actually won two times. Shaun Norris of South Africa and Tom Lewis of England, each had small drops and run out the top 60.


The PGA Trip made it through the start of another week with a best mark in the COVID-19 tests.

There were 487 tests administered at Colonial, 98 tests for those on the charter to Hilton Head, and 369 tests offered to those upon arrival at Hilton Head. All 954 tests were unfavorable.

Next week, the variety of tests will be increasing.

The Travelers Champion in Cromwell, Connecticut, is evaluating everybody on website. That consists of volunteers, media and swing coaches, to name a few.

“Each tournament is held in a different market with a unique set of circumstances related to COVID-19, so we appreciate your cooperation and understanding,” the competition stated in the credential application. “The health and safety of everyone who will be at TPC River Highlands during tournament week is the highest priority and testing is an important piece of our plan.”


Wesley Bryan, who won the RBC Heritage in 2017 and increased to No. 37 worldwide, returns having actually not used the PGA Trip considering that 80 miles down the coast at Sea Island to liquidate the 2018 season.

He had shoulder surgical treatment and missed out on all of 2019.

Bryan went back to competitors with a set of Korn Ferryboat Trip begins in Panama and Mexico, and after that the pandemic closed down golf and he needed to wait even longer.

“I would say I’ve got maybe 5% left to go on the shoulder, just as far as range of motion and flexibility and all that stuff,” Bryan stated. “But the strength is there. It feels good. I wouldn’t say great, but it should be good enough to complete four rounds. So that’s kind of the main goal.”

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