Sunday's golf: Loves set records in Father-Son Challenge win
Orlando, Fla. — Davis Love III and his son Dru played so well Sunday that they set two scoring records, rallied from a three-shot deficit to win the PNC Father-Son Challenge and then wondered if they would get to play again.
Team Love shot 27 on the front nine at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club to get in the mix, took the lead with a birdie at No. 11 and finished off their record round with four more birdies an eagle for a 16-under 56, breaking by one the 18-hole record in a scramble format.
They won by three shots at 26-under 118, another record in the scramble format.
“Who knows? This might be our last time playing, so it was fun to finish it off,” Love said.
The 36-hole event is for players who have won a major or The Players Championship, and their partner cannot hold a PGA Tour-sanctioned card. Dru Love has played 17 times in the last two years on the PGA Tour, European Tour and Web.com Tour, but he has yet to earn a card and missed out in the qualifying tournament this year.
They were unstoppable in the second and final round, making only four pars and the rest birdies and two eagles.
The 56 beat by one the record previously held by Raymond and Raymond Floyd Jr. in 1994 and by Bob and David Charles in 1998. They finished at 26-under 118, breaking by one shot the scramble record most recently set last year by Angel and Angel Cabrera Jr.
John and Little John Daly, who opened with a 59, shot 62 and tied for second with Retief and Leo Goosen and Stewart and Connor Cink.
“He’s been very competitive this week,” Love said of his son. “After a slow start yesterday, it’s nice to get it going and get another win. He carried me all the way through this one. He played great. It was fun to watch him hit so many good shots and make so many putts. I didn’t have to putt much today, which was nice.”
Team Love also won the event in 2012.
Dru Love last played on the PGA Tour last month in the RSM Classic at Sea Island. He tied for 54th, finishing just ahead of his father for the second time in 13 tour events they have played together.
“Winning a tournament with our dad is more special than trying to beat him,” Dru Love said.
David and Carter Toms finished alone in fifth, while Jack Nicklaus made another big putt at the end, good for a 64 as he and grandson GT Nicklaus finished sixth.
At Malelane, South Africa, David Lipsky won the Alfred Dunhill Championship on his first attempt as his final-round 68 gave him a two-shot victory over David Drysdale.
Lipsky finished on 14-under 274 and kept his nerve at the end of his round to clinch a second career European Tour title. He made a double-bogey five on the 16th but a par on 17 and a birdie on the 18th made sure of the title for the American.
Scotland’s Drysdale had already finished by that time, with his 67 setting the target at 12 under.
South Africa’s Zander Lombard (69) and Scott Jamieson (72), another Scot, finished in a tie for third — a shot behind Drysdale. English pair Oliver Wilson and Ben Evans were another three shots back on 8 under.
Lipsky ended the year with his first win on the tour since the European Masters in 2014.
“To come off this year where I haven’t played that well and to finish it off like this, this win couldn’t be any better,” he said.
Lipsky made seven birdies in all on Sunday and his lead was as much as six shots at one point. But he had problems with a bogey on the 12th and then the double with two holes to play before recovering his nerve on the final two.
Louis Oosthuizen followed up his victory at the South African Open last weekend with a tie for seventh at Leopard Creek.