PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Davis Love III is returning to the PGA Tour just in time to extend his streak at The Players Championship.
Love, who turned 49 in April, missed the past three months while recovering from back surgery. He’s making his return this week at TPC Sawgress, playing The Players for the 28th consecutive year. His run started in 1986, when he tied for 14th. He has won the event twice since, in 1992 and 2003.
“It’s hard to stay competitive for that long,” Love said Wednesday, a day before the opening round. “If I started back over again, I tell you in 2013 there is no way I’d make 28 in a row. It’s too competitive now.”
WAITING LIST: PGA Tour rookie Scott Langley was the last player in the field at The Players when the entry list came out Friday. The only thing that could bump him would be if someone won the Wells Fargo Championship who wasn’t already eligible.
Someone like rookie Derek Ernst, who happens to be one of his close friends.
Ernst won at Quail Hollow in a playoff, and Langley has been at TPC Sawgrass all week wondering if someone would withdraw.
For Ernst, it was a case of mixed feelings.
“Like, ‘Hey, I just won, this is kind of cool.’ And then my buddy falls out, and I didn’t want him to fall out,” Ernst said. “I hope he gets in this week.”
I saw him walking around, so he’s right there.”