Love win benefits from Forest Oaks redesign
BY Bruce Young | US PGA Tour | 2006 Chrysler Classic of Greensboro | Wrap | 09 Oct 2006
Davis Love III, who three years ago played such a significant role in the redesign of the Forest Oaks layout in Greensboro North Carolina today won the Chrysler Championship event for the second time but for the first time on the golf course he has such a personal relationship with.
For Love this was his first win in more than three years on the USPGA Tour and his 19th in his twenty year career on that tour. His two shot win over Jason Bohn followed a very good fourth placing at his last start at the Bridgestone WGC event at Firestone.
A month ago Love missed representing his country in the Ryder Cup for the first time since 1991 and there will be plenty who would be now thinking that his experience and obvious good form could well have been an asset to the American team at the K Club. He had shown at the Accenture earlier this year how good he is as a match player and although his form this season has not been great he could have helped the struggling US team.
After leading into today’s final round Love started quickly with consecutive birdies but a rampant Eric Axley, no doubt buoyed by his recent win in Texas, raced to the turn in 31 and when he added birdies at the 10th and 13th he appeared as if he was about to make it an amazing three weeks. He will likely still think it has been but he bogeyed the 14th and 17th and when Love added four birdies over the closing nine holes he had the luxury of a two shot advantage as he played the last.
Love held on to win by two over Jason Bohn, who was also quickly out of the blocks today but he was unable to hold off the Love challenge and finished alone in second place.
John Senden was the best of the Australasians playing in the event when finishing 22nd but he let a chance for a much better finish slip with what was a disappointing weekend after a good start to the event.
Aaron Baddeley was 31st, Jeff Maggert 52nd, Nathan Green 59th Nick O’Hern 67th and Peter Lonard 72nd.
Photo – Anthony Powter