Davis Love III has joined the CBS Sports PGA Tour commentary team, as the 1997 PGA champion will be one of the voices filling the gap left in the wake of CBS' dismissal of Peter Kostis and Gary McCord.
"Davis is one of the most accomplished and respected players in the game of golf,” said CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus in a statement. “With his playing experience, reputation and relationships across the golf community, he brings a unique perspective and insight that will enhance our broadcasts. Davis is the perfect fit for CBS, and we look forward to him making the best broadcast team in golf even better.”
In addition to his major championship win at Winged Foot -- which was broadcast on CBS -- Love has a total of 21 PGA Tour wins and maintains lifetime membership on the circuit. He was the American Ryder Cup captain in 2012 and 2016, winning the latter at Hazeltine National in Minnesota.
Love has also done some commentary in recent memory, including gaining experience during the Masters Tournament with a place in the booth for online feeds at Augusta National Golf Club. He has been working with CBS Sports executive producer Lance Barrow, who is a close friend of Love.
The St. Simons Island, Ga., resident will make his CBS Sports debut on Jan. 25, 2020 at the Farmers Insurance Open, which is CBS' first PGA Tour telecast of the new year. It's unclear if he will man a tower or rove the fairways.
“I have long considered CBS Sports the gold standard in golf coverage.” said Love. “Whether playing or coaching, I have always loved the team aspect of golf, and I am thrilled to now be a member of the best team in television. My playing days are not totally over, as I will play select events, but my focus now shifts to broadcasting. I have been fortunate to spend a lot of time with the men and women of CBS Sports, and I look forward to getting started in January.”
The opportunity came available after CBS Sports chose not to pick up separate two-year options for Kostis and McCord, ending their nearly 60 combined years with the network.
The 55-year-old Love will continue competing in professional golf tournaments when his schedule allows, including this week at the PGA Tour's opposite-field event, the inaugural Bermuda Championship. He will continue to serve as host of the PGA Tour's The RSM Classic, played at Sea Island Golf Resort, where he lives and recently completed a renovation of the club's original Plantation Course.