Davis Love III has been named the winner of the 2013 Bob Jones Award. The USGA’s highest honor, the award recognizes an individual who demonstrates the spirit, personal character and respect for the game exhibited by the legendary Jones.
“Throughout his impressive career, Davis has distinguished himself with his sense of fair play, integrity and reverence for the game’s traditions,” USGA President Glen D. Nager said. “His passion for the game, as well as the values and principles that guide his everyday life, are emblematic of the characteristics that the Bob Jones Award seeks to identify. Golf and all those who play it are inspired by Davis' example.”
Love, 48, will receive the Bob Jones Award during the USGA’s Annual Meeting, to be held in San Diego in February. Love has won 20 PGA TOUR events including the 1997 PGA Championship at Winged Foot Golf Club and the 1992 and 2003 PLAYERS Championships.
“Davis epitomizes everything that Bob Jones stood for with his character, integrity, displays of sportsmanship and his spirit of giving back,” said PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem. “He truly understands what it means to be a role model and has been a great ambassador for the PGA TOUR and the sport of golf, both on and off the field of competition. He is a worthy addition to the list of distinguished winners of the USGA’s Bob Jones Award.”
Love finished second in the 1995 and '99 Masters, as well as in the 1996 U.S. Open at Oakland Hills Country Club. Love’s poise, dignity and graciousness in those disappointing outcomes – in addition to the humility, respect and sportsmanship he displayed in his numerous triumphs – were strong factors in his selection for the Award.
So were Love's outreach efforts to both his local community and to the golf world. He established the Davis Love Foundation in 2005 to assist national and community-based programs that work to build a better future for at-risk children.
Based in St. Simons Island, Ga., the foundation is the host organization of the PGA TOUR’s McGladrey Classic, which benefits the Special Olympics and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Georgia, two of the USGA’s allied organizations.
Love has also represented his country as a player in six Ryder Cups and captained the 2012 U.S. Team. He has also played in six Presidents Cups and in the 1985 Walker Cup.
In 2008, Love received the PGA TOUR’s Payne Stewart Award, which is awarded to a player who shares the conduct, respect and philanthropy that were displayed by the 1991 and 1999 U.S. Open champion who died in a plane accident in 1999.
He also earned the 1997 USGA International Book Award for "Every Shot I Take," a tribute to his late father, Davis Love Jr.