Dru jumped from the card as he’s done some many times as he arrived at the course to begin his pre-round preparation. Instinctively he went the the trunk to grab is clubs. This would be his first round as a tour pro.
He was halted by his father, soon to be World Golf Hall of Famer, Davis Love III. In this family golf his business and business has been great for two generations. Dru’s grand father was a PGA teaching pro and played in six US Opens. His father, also serving as his caddie this week is Davis Love III.
As his father grab the nearly fifty pound tour bag from the trunk, he said proudly, “This is my job this week.” Who would want to a a major winner on their bag in their first pro start.
Dru who turned pro after graduating from the University of Alabama, earned his spot as an alternate in the Georgia sectional qualifier learned last Sunday that he would make his first pro start in the US Open.
When asked how he felt about having his father, a 21 time PGA tour winner and major champion on the bag this week the younger Love said He’s seen every single possible thing you can ever see on a golf course, so that was pretty much a no-brainer for me.”
DL III has caddied previously for his son in the past, but when asked both father and son have both said the arrangement felt a little odd during their first few days at Erin.
“For the first two days it felt weird having him do the things that I’m usually doing for him, you know, handing him a golf ball or cleaning a club,” Dru said.
Dru Love has won tournaments with his father on the bag, though as an amateur.
DL III has been slowed by a bad back this year. The 53-year-old pro had no plans to qualify for the U.S. Open until he caddied for his Dru in an earlier qualifying round, but fell eight shots short of qualifying in Columbus, Ohio.
But the elder Love’s experience will come in handy at a long course like Erin Hills, which is making its major championship debut.
“Patience, and routine, and staying calm, and not trying to get ahead of yourself, one shot at a time. He reminds me of that,” Dru Love said. It seems to be working at least after day one when Dru shot a 1 under 71 to open the tournament.