The 51-year-old Love closed with a 6-under 64 for a one-stroke victory over Jason Gore.
Tiger Woods seems more of a pussycat than an untamed beast on the golf course. To his credit, Woods carded four of his birdies over his last six holes, including three consecutive at Nos. When he eagled the 15th, he moved to 17-under-par.
Brown pulled within one stroke of Love with a birdie on 15, and Gore made things even more interesting with an eagle on that hole.
Neither could catch the 2016 U.S. Ryder Cup captain and the victory was Love’s.
The former world No1 fell short of a first title since 2013 at the Wyndham Championship at the weekend, but he put himself in a position to win and on the whole performed admirably.
Jordan Spieth, 22, has won two majors this year, while women’s world number two Lydia Ko of New Zealand is just 18 and Canada’s Brooke Henderson this month became the only the third player to win an LPGA event before her 18th birthday, after Ko and Lexi Thompson. Art Wall was three months older when he won the Greater Milwaukee Open in 1975.
Love used that hand-me-down putter to charge from four strokes back to start the final round and win the Wyndham Championship for the third time much like, as fate would have it, he did in 1992 when he closed with a 62 in brutal conditions to win by six strokes.
“To have your name thrown out there with Sam Snead at any point is incredible”, Love said.
Davis Love III has beaten his rivals and father time to win the Greater Greensboro Open. He’ll have to scrap plans for this week’s entry into a Champions Tour event because instead he’s headed to the FedEx Cup playoffs based on the latest outcome. “It’s exciting to see and he’s only going to get better from here, I’m sure”. But he had only one birdie during his first 10 holes, dropping way off the pace with triple bogey on the par-4 11th.
Davis Love III is in third place all alone at 15-under, but will need to do better to get into the playoff.
Tiger Woods, who’s in the midst of the worst stretch of golf in his legendary career, was on the verge of quieting all the critics who said he was finished. “I didn’t get it done”.
Woods failed to qualify for the playoffs and said his next official event will be the 2015-16 season-opening Frys.com Open in California.
“It’s just my glutes are shutting off”, Woods said after 12 holes.
Jason Gore, the leader heading into the final round, shot 1-under 69 and finished second.
Ryo Ishikawa and defending Wyndham Championship champion Camilo Villegas worked their way into the playoffs with their play this week as well, finishing 124th and 123rd respectively. But the Colombian dug deep, finished 10-under for the week and jumped to 123rd.
“He said that’s the first one he’s ever written on the scorecard, so that’s pretty cool”, Brown said of Woods, noting that players keep their opponents’ scores. Scott Langley wasn’t so successful.
Love had his chances, too, and made the majority.