Blazing win for Love

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:48 IST

Davis Love III hit all the shots and made all the crucial putts on Sunday in The Players Championship, closing with an 8-under 64 for victory.

Blazing win for Love

Florida: The guys playing alongside and behind him called it one of the greatest rounds they had ever seen. And this time, they weren't talking about Tiger Woods. Davis Love III hit all the shots and made all the crucial putts on Sunday in The Players Championship, closing with an 8-under 64 in cold, blustery conditions for a victory he ranks among his best. "An incredible round of golf," Love said after winning by six shots in a tournament regarded as golf's fifth major. It was every bit of that. Two strokes behind to start the final round, Love blitzed the field with five straight birdies. From the pine straw on the par-5 16th, he wrapped a 6-iron around the pines and over the lake to 10 feet for eagle, just like Woods had done before him. When it was over, Love matched the best closing round in the 30-year history of The Players Championship and won the richest prize on the PGA Tour. "It's the best round of golf I've ever seen played," said Fred Couples, his best friend on tour and playing partner on Sunday. "He was just phenomenal". Jay Haas, a co-leader to start the final round, was 2 under for the day and was pressing just to keep up. "We just got run over by Davis," he said. Love provided the charge everyone expected from Woods and delivered a performance every bit as dominant. He finished at 17-under 271 for a six-stroke win over Haas and Padraig Harrington, his second victory this season and a huge boost to his confidence with the Masters only two weeks away. "I wasn't picked as a guy to win Augusta the last couple of years," Love said. "It's nice to be back in that position". The 49-year-old Haas, trying to become the oldest winner of The Players Championship, settled for a consolation prize. He closed with an even-par 72, and his tie for second earned him enough money to move into the top 10 on the money list and qualify for the Masters. Harrington, of Ireland, made back-to-back bogeys early in his round and was never a factor. He also had a 72. Love, who won at Pebble Beach earlier this season, now has 16 career victories. (AP)

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