Darrell Moody: It’s Love-Love at Barracuda
Davis Love III and his son, Dru, both played the Barracuda Championship this week.
It was the third appearance here for Love III and the first for Dru Love. The younger Love played his college golf at Alabama.
“We’ve gotten to do it a few times very quickly,” Davis Love III said earlier this week. “We played (together at the same event) when he was an amateur. He qualified for the RSM at Sea Island. We played together with Justin Thomas, which was great. Getting to caddie for him at the U.S. Open was incredible.
“We went to dinner (earlier this week). He has been on tour with me for a long time. Now it’s just different. He has a tee time and I pull for him.”
Dru Love missed the cut on Friday despite racking up 8 points, and his dad totaled 16 points.
“Unfortunately, I’ve been making cuts and he hasn’t,” Love III said. “We haven’t gotten to spend much time together on the weekend.
“In talent and potential, he’s way ahead of me. I think the sky is the limit for him. It’s going to be in his head. I think he could be really good if he get’s on a tour (Web.com or PGA).”
The younger Love has been bothered by a plethora of injuries in the last four or five years which has put him behind many of his peers in terms of experience.
The Presidents Cup is on the horizon, and Love III said he has been talking a lot with captain Steve Stricker.
Love III has captained Ryder Cup squads for the United States.
“Steve is getting down to the end now,” Love III said. “He is asking a lot more questions. I know where he’s at right now. He is starting to wonder who he is going to pick and we’re talking about stats, talking about pairings and about the golf course set-up.
“It is such a long build up, but we’re excited about New York and excited about the way the team is playing.”
You gotta love Jay McLuen.
McLuen became the first player in tournament history to ace No. 11 (No. 2 in the old course set-up) on Thursday afternoon. It was the first of two aces on the day.
McLuen, after being interviewed near the scoring office, told PGA media official John Bush that he wanted to buy beer for the media.
After coming back upstairs when the last of the leaders had finished, there were 18 beers in a basket in the media eating area.
Jay, I tip my hat to you. At no other time in tournament history, and I’ve covered the event since 2005, has any golfer offered to buy the media a beer under any circumstances.
You can’t put on a tournament without volunteers, and I saw local golfer Paul Lockwood working on the par-5 13th.
The Stallions semi-pro football team had many of its players doing different jobs around the golf course.
There have been some snafus, however.
On Thursday, many volunteers apparently didn’t get their customary meal, and many volunteers got to their holes late because of a transportation issue.