Monday, March 31, 2008

No (Davis) Love for the Masters?

Davis Love III has one more week -- this week -- to qualify to play in the Masters.

All he has to do is win the Shell Houston Open.

In other words, it looks like Love's streak of 70 consecutive starts in major championships will end unless he can duplicate his 1995 magic when he won in New Orleans the week before the Masters to qualify at the last minute.

Love isn't the only familiar name who is outside the Masters looking in.

Chris DiMarco, who has three career top-10s at Augusta National and pushed Tiger Woods to extra holes in 2005, is already out. His game has disappeared and DiMarco isn't playing in Houston this week, meaning there's no chance he'll be at the Masters.

Lucas Glover also needs to win this week not just to get in the Masters but to jump start a lousy season. Glover, who many expected would be a part of this Ryder Cup team, has had a flat start this year. At Bay Hill, Glover said he needed one good round when the putts started falling to change his attitude and get things going. He shot 66 there but nothing changed.

Tom Lehman and Chad Campbell are also going to miss the Masters if they don't win this week.

On the other side, there's Peter Lonard, who didn't realize when he made a 5-foot par putt on the 72nd hole at New Orleans Sunday that it got him in the Masters. The putt gave Lonard just enough world ranking points to crack the top 50, which comes with a Masters invitation if you're in that exclusive club as of March 30.


Anonymous said...

Hey, Ron. Don't forget about Brenden de Jonge, who--I think, anyway, lives here in Charlotte. He placed third at the Louisiana Open last weekend...

Anonymous said...

Davis Love is a horse's a__. So what if he isn't in the Masters...And Tom Lehman missing, oh no. Lehman's one of the most overrated players ever. Boo hoo.

Anonymous said...

still, the guy hasnt missed a major since 1990 which is absolutely crazy. davis love and tom lehman are two of the classiest guys around. let me guess that you love tiger and everyone else around him sucks. am i right?

Anonymous said...

Just like the rest of us, Davis Love III is a human being. In the past 6 years or so he has had to deal with some unbelievable private matters that many golf fans just don’t really even know about. I used to live on St. Simons Island, GA, where Davis resides, and we know what he’s had to go through. I need not mention them here, but let me tell you all; he truly is a class act. Once everything is behind him, he’ll bounce back. Wait and see.