Major champion Davis Love III and his son Dru hosted a golf clinic for children from the Opelika/Auburn area on Tuesday, July 18 at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Grand National. The Junior Clinic was sponsored by Alabama Power and the Barbasol Championship. View Photos
During the interactive clinic, the children learned about the game of golf and how it promotes core values, including honesty, integrity, responsibility, courtesy, sportsmanship and respect. Afterward, Love III & IV spoke to the media.
Q. Would you recommend the shaving cream drill as part of your new routine?
DAVIS LOVE III: Well, it makes practice a lot more fun, for sure. I didn't know what was going to happen. It went pretty quick, but that was fun, fun for the kids, and I think I created a mess over there. I told them they could go play in it. It's a fun day for them to get to come out and see golf for the first time, a lot of them. Fun day.
Q. Fun for you guys, too, to get a little break from the grind preparing and getting ready for tournaments?
DAVIS LOVE III: Yeah, it's always nice to get the kids out. My dad was a teacher and I love to get people involved in the game, so it's great to give something back and see them excited about it and spread the word on golf, trying to grow the game. So it's nice to have them out.
Q. Is it fun to be able to do this with your son?
DAVIS LOVE III: Yeah, it's great, probably until we get started in the tournament, then I've got to work really hard to beat him. There's so many of these young kids now that hit it so far and play so well. It's another generation coming out trying to knock the old guys out.
Q. On the flip side, is it fun to be here with your dad?
DRU LOVE: Absolutely, it's a lot of fun. Get to learn a lot from him, get to learn how to do on-the-course things, off-the-course things just here with my dad and have him be here for my tournament, be here for his, it's fun.
Q. How often do you guys get to be in the same place at the same time?
DAVIS LOVE III: Well, over the last five years when he's been in school, we haven't seen a whole lot of each other. We've played some in the summers and saw him some over at Alabama, but it's nice now that we're doing the same thing. I'm trying to schedule my schedule where he's going to play rather than in the old days he was following me around, now I'm following him around.
Q. Is that why you decided to come to this tournament this week?
DAVIS LOVE III: Yeah, I was actually trying to play my way into the British Open and was thinking this is going to be a week off if I didn't get in. Now I'm excited to be here and watch him play and hopefully see him late on Sunday afternoon, one of us or both of us trying to win the golf tournament. I've always wanted to come here. I've heard the last three years how great the tournament is, how great the golf course is, so excited to be here.
Q. This is one of the newer tracks on the PGA Tour circuit. What kind of challenges does this course present to you guys?
DAVIS LOVE III: Well, I haven't been out on the course yet so I'm excited to see it. I've heard great things. This is what I'm used to, hot summer on bermudagrass and it's kind of right up my alley. So I'm looking forward to playing the golf course over the next couple days and getting ready for Thursday.
DRU LOVE: We've heard a lot of good things about it. I've got a lot of friends who have played here, and going to school a couple hours away, get to hear a lot about it. I have some buddies who played for Auburn get out here a lot. It's a great golf course from what I've heard and just excited to get out here and try it.
Q. Hoping to hear some Roll Tides from the gallery this week?
DAVIS LOVE III: Hopefully a lot more Roll Tides than War Eagle, so we'll see how that goes.
Q. A couple of Alabama people have had a lot of success here in the past, guys who have gone to Alabama, graduated from Alabama. Just what would it feel like to have that success, guys you've played with?
DRU LOVE: Yeah, my teammates, seeing them come here in college and out of college and do well is pretty motivating. Michael Johnson played for Auburn and he did well here, too. So I know I can play with those guys and they're some of my good friends and they give me some good advice and this gives me a little more confidence here this week.
Q. As a father, what would be more exciting, for you to win the tournament or to see him win his first one?
DAVIS LOVE III: Well, we both need a win pretty bad, but it would be more exciting for me to watch him win, to be a part of that, to be in the same tournament with him. It will probably happen one day, he'll beat me and hopefully he beats me for a win.
Q. Playoff on 18 between the two of you?
DAVIS LOVE III: Yeah, I don't know what would happen if it was coming down the stretch. I might be a lot more emotional than him so he would probably have the advantage.