A former Glynn Academy great and an All-American at the University of North Carolina, Love turned professional in 1985. He earned his PGA Tour card in the fall of 1985, on his first attempt. He quickly established himself on the PGA Tour, winning his first tour event in 1987. He was later to be in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Rankings for over 450 weeks and reached a high of third.
Love has won 20 events on the PGA Tour, including one major championship, the 1997 PGA Championship. He also won the prestigious Players Championship in 1992 and 2003. On November 9, 2008, he won his 20th career PGA Tour tournament, at the Children's Miracle Network Classic. This win gave him a lifetime exemption on the tour, at the age of 44. Love was inducted into the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame in 200l. He has been on several national teams including six U.S. Presidents Cup teams and six U.S. Ryder Cup teams. In January 2011, Love was named the captain for 2012 U.S. Ryder Cup team. He has served as host of the McGladrey Classic, an official PGA Tour event, since 2010.