Love posts 3-shot win in AJGA debut

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Dru Love reads a putt at the Palmetto High School Championship.

Dru Love has ushered in a new era in the AJGA. The 16-year-old is one-for-one in AJGA tournaments entered after winning the Charles Howell III Junior Championship. Love put the finishing touches on a 5-under 211 Friday at West Lake Country Club in Augusta, Ga., winning by three shots over Cody Shafer.

Love is the son of Tour player Davis Love III, who competed in AJGA events in the early 1980s. Fellow Tour player Charles Howell III, the namesake of this week’s tournament, also frequented the AJGA circuit, but in the next decade. Howell was named the 1996 Rolex Junior Player of the Year.

“It means everything to me to get my first AJGA win,” Love told the AJGA. “I worked hard for this moment, and I’m just really happy.”

Love entered the final round tied with Shafer after a second-round 3-under 69. Love broke free with birdies at Nos. 2 and 4 before making two bogeys to close out his front nine at even par. Two more birdies and a bogey got him to 1-under 71 for the day, safely ahead of Shafer.

Davis and Howell are both in the field this week at the John Deere Classic. Howell is 6 under midway through the tournament, while Davis is even with his son so far at 5 under.

Dru’s next AJGA start will come in August at the AccuSport Championship hosted by another Tour player, Webb Simpson. It will be interesting to see whether he can maintain his perfect record.

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