The Davis Love III experiment as a television commentator at CBS will come to an abrupt end this week. Love, who was in his first season as a member of the network’s golf broadcast team, announced on social media that he has decided to focus on his golf and to spend more time at home.
“CBS gave me a tremendous opportunity to be a member of their great golf team. I appreciate and am in awe of the amazing work they produce each week. Since golf returned in June, CBS has allowed me time to focus on my family, play a few tournaments, and bring some stability back in a difficult year. I have realized in this time my passion to play is strong, and my heart yearns to be home,” he said in a Twitter post on July 28. “I thank Sean (McManus, chairman of CBS Sports), David (Berson), Harold (Bryant) and Lance (Barrow, CBS golf executive producer) and all the people at CBS Sports for their support and understanding and allowing me to step away from CBS. Beginning next week at the PGA Championship my focus returns to playing, and supporting my family.”
Love, 56, was announced as a full-time member of the golf broadcast team in October, coinciding with CBS’s decision not to pick up the options on veteran commentators Gary McCord and Peter Kostis.
At the time of the announcement, CBS was bullish that Love could help be part of its youth movement. “With his playing experience, reputation and relationships across the golf community, he brings a unique perspective and insight that will enhance our broadcasts,” McManus said at the time. “Davis is the perfect fit for CBS, and we look forward to him making the best broadcast team in golf even better.”
Love worked primarily as a roving reporter on the ground beginning at the Farmers Insurance Open in January. Love was quick to concede that he had a lot of learning to do in his new role, but CBS seemed to be willing to groom him slowly for a bigger role as a hole announcer. Social media critics were less patient.
Love’s house burned to the ground in March and he recently moved into a new home on St. Simons Island, Georgia.
It’s unclear whether Love plans to continue to play the PGA Tour or commit to the PGA Tour Champions. Love is eligible for the PGA Championship next week at TPC Harding Park as the winner of the 1997 PGA. As a 21-time Tour winner, Love is a lifetime member of the Tour. He last won at the 2015 Wyndham Championship, which will be played in Greensboro, North Carolina in two weeks. Love is also eligible for the PGA Tour Champions.