ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. — Davis Love III was in the learning center at Sea Island Golf Club over the weekend when he looked out the door at four players hitting balls, including PGA Tour rookie Kevin Tway. It brought back memories of Love’s early days on tour.
And he has every reason to suddenly feel much older than 49.
Love and Bob Tway were contemporaries, both PGA Championship winners. Love could recall a time some two decades ago when their wives would drop the children off at day care during a PGA Tour event. And now one of those kids is part of the field at the McGladrey Classic.
“It’s just incredible that I’m playing in a tournament with Kevin Tway,” Love said. “Now I see how Jay Haas felt when his kids were coming along ... and then Billy Haas won on the tour. It’s pretty neat to see that progression and to last that one. I was complaining one time, ‘I can’t believe all these kids I knew are growing up and they’re coming out on tour.’ And they said, ‘At least you’re still playing with them.’
“It’s fun to be out there and see it all happen.”
The PGA Tour returns to America this week after two weeks in Asia, and Sea Island feels like a felicitous meeting of young and old.
Tway, who earned his card by finishing fifth on the Web.com Tour money list, was given a sponsor’s exemption. He’s staying with Love in his house at Sea Island, along with Justin Thomas, who turned pro after playing the Walker Cup in September.
For every Tway and Thomas, there is Fred Funk and Mark Calcavecchia, both regulars on the Champions Tour.
Love is more than just a tournament host at Sea Island, where he has lived since he was a teenager. A year ago, he was tied for the lead going into the final round with Jim Furyk. They were overtaken by Tommy Gainey, who two-putted for par and a 60 to win his first PGA Tour title.