CASTLE ROCK, COLO., AUG. 19 -- Davis Love III, making nine two-point birdies on a day when two players had eight-point double eagles, scored a three-point victory today over Steve Pate, Peter Senior of Australia and Eduardo Romero of Argentina in the International.
"We just laughed when we saw it go up on the leader board. It kind of spurred us on," Love said of Pate's 238-yard 2-iron shot that ran into the cup for a double-eagle 2 on the 535-yard eighth hole.
"I'm the luckiest guy on the golf course," Pate said.
He held that distinction for only a couple of hours. Jim Gallagher matched his marvel on the 17th hole, a 492-yard par-5. By that time, Love had finished with a net of 14 points and was watching on TV as Gallagher hit a 5-iron second shot 209 yards into the cup.
A double eagle -- three under par on a hole -- is the rarest scoring feat in golf. Only five were recorded in PGA Tour competition from 1987 through 1989, and there had been only two this season.
"I've never had one," said Ben Crenshaw, who placed fifth alone with nine points. "Before today," said Tom Watson, who was in the same group with Gallagher, "I'd never even seen one."
In this tournament, scoring is based on a modified Stableford system in which medal scores do not count. Points are awarded for performance on each hole: 8 for double eagle, 5 for eagle, 2 for birdie, 0 for par, minus-1 for bogey and minus-3 for double bogey or higher.
Love earned his 14 points with a barrage of birdies under a format he says "favors inconsistency. Somebody can make 17 pars and a birdie and you beat him to death with six birdies and six bogeys."
Love had nine birdies and four bogeys, a medal score of 67, as he came from behind for his second victory in a five-year PGA Tour career.
Love went in front for the first time when he two-putted for birdie on the 17th. He added a 15-foot birdie putt on the final hole.