PGA Championship Proves Love's Labors Are Not Lost

MAMARONECK, New York -- Davis Love III shot a final-round 4-under-par 66 and finally threw off the title of being the best golfer without a major title Sunday by winning the U.S. PGA Championship by five strokes.


Playing most of the last four holes in a driving rain and finishing in sunshine and beneath a rainbow, Love washed away any chance British Open champion Justin Leonard had for a miracle comeback by rattling off six consecutive pars on Winged Foot's extremely difficult closing holes, finishing with a birdie.


After the final putt fell, Love took off his visor and swung it through the air and hugged Leonard. Then, with tears welling in his eyes, he fell into emotional embraces with his brother, Mark, who caddies for him; his wife, Robin; and his mother.


Love was born the day after his father played in the U.S. Masters and decided to be a pro when he watched him in the U.S. PGA Championship. On Sunday, he won that championship for his father who died in a 1988 plane crash.


A year ago on Father's Day, Love slumped in despair on the final green as he let the U.S. Open he so desperately wanted for his namesake slip away with a three-putt to finish second by one stroke.


Love and Leonard started the day tied at 7 under par, seven strokes ahead of anyone else. And with no one making a move, it was clear by the time they teed off that the tournament would be decided in their group.


The outcome was all but settled shockingly early as Leonard, who won the British Open last month, struggled off the tee and Love played with calm precision to shoot a 32 on the front nine to Leonard's 37.


Leonard never got closer than three strokes the rest of the way.


Tiger Woods shot a 75 and finished at 286 along with John Daly, who tossed his driver over a fence on the 12th hole Saturday and had another rocky round, engaging in a tense verbal exchange with a rules official on the sixth hole.