The 51-year old Tour vet claimed his first win in seven years with a clutch 64 on Sunday. Here are the numbers that made all the difference.
The Charlotte, N.C. native clearly felt right at home on the greens in Greensboro. He ranked third for the week in strokes gained putting, marking just the second time in 16 starts this season that Love has been in positive territory in that category. Love came into the week ranked 182nd in strokes gained putting, and has broken the top 100 only once (97th in 2012) over the last six seasons.
Love didn’t just putt for dough this week, he also put on a show off the tee, ranking T-10 with 40 fairways hit. That may seem like a modest number, but the 51-year old came into the week ranked 67th in driving accuracy, his best showing since 1999 when he ranked 25th.
51 years, 4 months, 10 days
Love’s age — as of Sunday — puts him third on the list of the PGA Tour’s all-time oldest winners. He trails Art Wall, who was 51 years, 7 months, 10 days old when he won the 1975 Greater Milwaukee Open, and Sam Snead who was 52 years, 10 months, 8 days old when he won the Wyndham Championship on the very same track in 1965. Plus, with at least one win in the 80s, 90s, 2000s and 2010s, Love is now just one of three players to win at least once in four different decades, joining Snead, who won in the 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s, and Raymond Floyd, who was victorious in the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s.
Despite posting bogeys on the 1st and 7th holes on Sunday, Love played holes 2 thru 6 at 6-under par thanks to four birdies and an eagle on the fifth. Love wasn’t done yet: he also knocked down a key eagle on the par-5 15th.