Use any pretext you want on Davis Love III's historic win at Wyndham Championship -- it's a short course, the equipment levels the playing field, guys have longer careers thanks to better diets and workouts -- but make no mistake: dude is up there in years. With his victory on Sunday at Greensboro, DLIII, at age 51, became the oldest winner on the PGA Tour since Art Wall, Jr. in 1975.
Anyone who says "age doesn't matter" is either a) old or b) trying to justify a generation gap in a relationship. To drive home his feat, here are age-related items to give this context:
When Love was born, the top-five songs on the America charts were all from the Beatles: Can't Buy Me Love, Twist and Shout, She Loves You, I Want to Hold Your Hand, and Please Please Me.
Hall of Fame shortstop Barry Larkin was born a week after Davis Love III. By baseball standards, Larkin had a long career, logging 19 seasons in the majors. Larkin retired 11 years ago.
When Love received NCAA All-American honors in 1983, Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler had not been born.
While Love was on the golf team at North Carolina, there was a guy by the name of Michael Jordan on the school's basketball squad.
Love won his card in the fall of 1985, making the spring of 1986 his first time on tour. Also happening in 1986: Jack Nicklaus winning the green jacket.
Love's first PGA win came in 1987. The highest-grossing film that year was Three Men and a Baby. (Btw, Hollywood isn't returning my calls for my "Three Men and a Grandbaby" pitch. The movie writes itself!)
Love was once a Ryder Cup teammate of Ray Floyd. Floyd is 72 years old.
When he won the 1997 PGA Championship, Love was using a persimmon driver.
Love was the Ryder Cup captain, a position normally reserved for non-competing players, for the 2012 event.
Love makes appearances on the Champions Tour circuit.
And finally, this should really frame Love's longevity: before Sunday's victory, Love's last win happened in a campaign where Tiger Woods won a major.
Yeah, THAT long ago.