Over the last few years, the career of Davis Love III has been resurgent. After several disappointing years filled with injuries, Love has come back into the spotlight. He has been a feel good story in several major championships. In addition, he was the 2012 Ryder Cup captain. While the heart wrenching defeat may not have been his finest moment, being chosen as the captain of the Ryder Cup team is still an incredible honor.
Brandt Snedeker has thrust himself into the national spotlight in the last two years. He has three wins over that period, including a victory at the 2012 TOUR Championship, which vaulted him to the top of the 2012 FedEx Cup. Finishing at the top of the FedEx Cup standings also provided Snedeker with the $10 million championship bonus. He’s currently ninth in the official world golf rankings. Snedeker had been on the precipice of breaking through for some time, and it is pretty clear that he finally took the next step.
Love and Snedeker are teamed up this week at the Franklin Templeton Shootout, a tournament comprised of two-person teams. After the first day of competition, the team was at the top of the leader board at 10 under par, two shots clear of the second place team of Sean O’Hair and Kenny Perry.
The careers of Love and Snedeker are clearly on different trajectories. Love is coming to the point where is career is beginning to wind down, while Snedeker seems to be on his way to stardom. The combination of these two very different situations is likely what is propelling the team to success this week at the Franklin Templeton Shootout.
It’s clear that Snedeker has a great deal of respect for Love, as do most people that have had any association with the PGA Tour since Love turned pro in 1985. “For the first time in my career, I got to feel like what it’s like to be Davis Love, to hit from some of his tee shots, and hit from some of his beautiful iron shots on these par 3s, and realize how the game is supposed to be played,” Snedeker said.