Thursday, June 5, 2003

Love returns following tragedy

The Associated Press

POTOMAC, Md. - Much of the field considers the PGA Tour's Capital Open a final tuneup for the U.S. Open. For Davis Love III, it's a chance to get back to work while coping with a family tragedy.

When Love arrived at the Tournament Players Club at Avenel this week, he was dealing with the suicide of his brother-in-law, who was being investigated by the FBI for stealing money from one of Love's accounts.

"It's time to reorganize personally and in business and move on," Love said Wednesday. "And this is part of it, coming here to play."

Love discovered the body of Jeffrey Knight, who was married to the sister of Love's wife, on May 16 in a hunting lodge about 25 miles away from his home in St. Simon's Island, Ga. Knight died of a gunshot wound to the head. The story first was reported earlier this week by Golfweek and GolfWorld magazines.

"We're dealing with the fact that not only did we lose a friend and family member, but also an important part of our family business," Love said. "... Pretty much everything in my business life he was either in charge of or involved in."

Love, who has won three times this year and is No. 1 on the PGA Tour money, had planned to take a two-week break. It turned into a three-week layoff.

"Obviously, it's part of a healing process to get back out here," Love said. "But I'm here to play to win."

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