Davis Love III tries his hand at Champions Tour

Davis Love III might have turned 50 back in April but the 1997 PGA Champion and America’s 2012 Ryder Cup captain has not lost the desire to compete on the PGA Tour.

Love made 15 of 22 cuts on Tour this season and notched up an incredible 700th start back in August, but failed to feature inside the top-25 for the first time in his career, in part due to slow road back to full strength following back surgery in early 2013.

Davis Love III Davis Love III (Credit: Anthony Powter)

“I’m feeling 50. Your body doesn’t work as well and the competition catches up,” he said, “If you don’t have every aspect of your game going, it’s hard to compete on the regular tour.”

With the 2014/15 wraparound season not due to commence until October 10, the Georgia native took the plunge and turned out for his Champions Tour debut in Hawaii two weeks ago, finishing in an inauspicious tie for 64th.

Last week, he returned to the scene of two of his 20 PGA Tour victories, the Pebble Beach Golf Links, for the First Tee Open which alternated play with neighbouring Poppy Hills.

Love’s play improved considerably on the Monterey Peninsula but like Vijay Singh who turned 50 the year before, Love still prefers to mix it with the young guys – at least for a few years more.

Love will start his 30th full season on the PGA Tour at the Frys.com Open in Napa with a view to qualifying for more of the big events on Tour, including one final Open Championship appearance at St. Andrews next July.

“I’m starting to feel better. My doctor says 2½ years (following the surgery) is when I’ll really see improvement, and I do feel stronger” he said.