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Davis Love III found a way to erase contentious memories from the Match Play Championship, donating his $700,000 from finishing second to his local church.

``It hits you that there are more important things than golf,'' Love said.

Love lost to Tiger Woods in the final match at La Costa two weeks ago, a Sunday that turned sour when he was heckled by a fan during a pivotal stretch of the 36-hole match.

The fan kept saying ``No Love'' as he prepared to play, and Love finally confronted him on the fifth tee.

Love refused to resume the match until the culprit was identified and taken out of the gallery.

Love was heavily criticized in newspaper columns and talk radio the following week for the way he handled the heckling, and wound up trying to defend the etiquette in golf.

``It was a good week, and that took all the fun out of it,'' Love said. ``I went to David Duval's wedding, and the pastor said some things that made me think. Then our pastor said some things on Sunday ... and it just seemed like the right thing to do.''

Love gave the money to St. Simons Presbyterian Church on St. Simons Island, Georgia. The church is starting a five-year construction project to refurbish the sanctuary, classrooms and assembly hall.

He and his wife, Robin, had already made a pledge to the building fund when Love decided to add his $700,000 check from the Match Play Championship.

``It's a week I'll always remember, and we just wanted to make sure something good came out of it,'' Love said.

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