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Davis Love III Fired Up For PGA Playoffs, 2016 Ryder Cup (audio)

This week on The Sports Hub Golf Club, Hardy talks with longtime PGA veteran Davis Love III. Love talked about the excitement of being in the PGA playoffs, working through foot surgery in April, the reminders of his age offered by fellow tour players, the 2016 Ryder Cup, and much more.

Davis Love III’s win at 51 is a golf tale everyone can love

As a player on the PGA Tour, Davis Love III was an afterthought a week ago. It’s not that the 51-year-old Love was irrelevant. He is, after all, the 2016 U.S. Ryder Cup captain. And, before last week, he did have 20 career PGA Tour wins, including one major championship — credentials that eventually will land him in the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Davis Love III's Wyndham victory will help U.S. in 2016 Ryder Cup

Davis Love III earned his 21st PGA Tour win Sunday, and that victory may just help the U.S. team win the Ryder Cup in 2016. This in no way implies that Love will make the team and be a playing captain. It goes deeper than that. In 2014, Tom Watson seemed to be the perfect captain for the U.S. team with the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland. His four British Open victories gave him instant credibility and most thought his knowledge of how to play the links course could lead the U.S. to victory.

For Davis Love III, a legendary career started with humility

The ACC Golf Championship in 1983 was staged in Rocky Mount. I approached UNC Golf Coach Devon Brouse about interviewing his No. 1 player, junior John Inman. Brouse strongly advised that I should also talk with his star freshman. I didn’t know this at the time, but Davis Love III had already won a collegiate golf tournament -- at MacGregor Downs no less.

10 Things to Know about Wyndham Champ Davis Love III

Davis Love III is the winner of the 2015 Wyndham Championship. Here are ten things you may not know about this year's champion. He's the third oldest player to win a PGA Event: At 51 years, 4 months, and 10 days, Love trails Sam Snead and Art Wall on the all time oldest winners list. Ironically, Snead set his record for oldest champion here in Greensboro in 1965 at 52 years, 10 months and 8 days.

Love: 'This is very, very sweet'

Davis Love III walked down the hill of Sedgefield’s 18th fairway, driver still in hand, using the long club as a walking stick. He’s 51 years old and his surgically repaired foot hurts. “My doctor said, ‘Look, it’s going to hurt, and you just keep doing what you’re doing, keep working on it and I promise you there’s nothing wrong with it,’?” Love said. “… That gave me the confidence to go back to the range and work on my game.”

Ed Hardin: Davis Love saves us again

Davis Love. The third. In a fitting finish to one of the best Wyndham Championships we've ever seen, a favorite son of Carolina came through when we needed him most. Love, a legacy who came here and saved us before, came through again today when we lost Tiger Woods on the back nine and left the largest gallery in tournament history to find its way home.

Davis Love III, 51, wins Wyndham Championship for 3rd time

Davis Love III won the Wyndham Championship on Sunday to become the third-oldest winner in PGA Tour history, while Tiger Woods' season came to an abrupt end. The 51-year-old Love closed with a 6-under 64 for a one-stroke victory over Jason Gore. Love — who started at No. 186 — played himself into The Barclays by earning 500 FedEx Cup points and $972,000 in prize money.

339 Tar Heels Earn ACC Academic Honor Roll Spots

A total of 339 North Carolina student-athletes have earned spots on the 2014-15 ACC Honor Roll, announced Wednesday. The Honor Roll is comprised of student-athletes who participated in a varsity-level sport and registered a grade point average of 3.0 or better for the full academic year. The conference recognized a record 4,143 student-athletes for their hard work in the classroom.

Carter Jenkins Posts Historic Win At Carolinas Amateur

Carter Jenkins, a rising junior at the University of North Carolina, tied the course record with an 8-under 64 to win his third consecutive Carolinas Golf Amateur championship and become the first player since 1923 to win the event three times. Jenkins matches the feat of winning the Carolinas Amateur three times accomplished only by Fred Laxton in 1921, 1922 and 1923.

UNC Golfer Ben Griffin Earns All-America Honors

UNC freshmen Ben Griffin has earned honorable mention All-America honors on the 2015 Division I PING All-America team as selected by the Golf Coaches Association of America. The Chapel Hill native is Carolina’s first men’s golfer to earn All-America honors since Kevin O’Connell in 2008. He is one of nine freshmen to make one of the PING All-America teams this season.

UNC Finishes 5th in Learfield Sports Directors' Cup

After finishing out of the top ten last season when UNC failed to win a title conference or national, the Tar Heel athletic program has rebounded for a 5th place finish in the 2014-15 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup. UNC's fifth place finish is an ACC best with Virginia and its league first three NCAA titles in one season just behind the Heels in 6th.

Tar Heel Carter Jenkins Wins NC Amateur Golf Championship

Carter Jenkins, a rising junior at UNC, eagled the 17th hole to take the lead and held on for a come-from-behind victory in the 2015 North Carolina Amateur Golf Championship played at the Country Club of Landfall’s Jack Nicklaus Course. Jenkins finished the four-day event at 11-under 277, one shot ahead of Guilford College head coach Justin Tereshko.

Tar Heels Post Outstanding Academic Progress Rates

Seventeen UNC varsity athletic teams posted a four-year Academic Progress Rate of 980 or higher and four other teams were within four points of that score, according to figures released today by the NCAA. Overall, UNC’s 28 teams averaged 981, three points above the national average. The Tar Heels had six programs that scored a perfect 1000 and another five that scored 990 or higher.

UNC Programs Honored For Top APR Rates

The NCAA is honoring six University of North Carolina athletic programs for Academic Progress Rates ranking among the top 10 percent nationally in their respective sports. UNC teams honored by the NCAA this year include men’s tennis, women’s fencing, women’s golf, gymnastics, women’s tennis and volleyball. Carolina led all public institutions in the ACC and was fourth among all ACC schools with the six recognized teams.

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