Davis Love III is playing this one for Payne Stewart.
With the tragic death of his close friend still on his mind, Love overpowered Kauai's Poipu Bay Resort course today to breeze past Masters champion Jose Maria Olazabal, 6 and 5, in the PGA Grand Slam of Golf.
As the first alternate based on his performances in this year's majors, Love initially declined to fill Stewart's slot in the two-day, match-play tournament, limited to winners of the four majors.
But, after some thought, Love relented.
"He was right here with me," Love said. "We just can't keep him out of our heads. It was one of the reasons I decided to come. It was an important for golf and for me in terms of moving on."
In Wednesday's finale, Love plays PGA champion Tiger Woods, who pulled away on the back nine to beat British Open champion Paul Lawrie, 4 and 2.
Love didn't waste any time taking a big lead over Olazabal.
"The turning point was the second hole," Love said. "I was on the brink of disaster, but I got it in and was able to snatch it away from him."
On the 524-yard, par-5 second hole, it was Olazabal who appeared to have the upper hand, landing his second shot within 8 feet.
Love, meanwhile, was looking at a tough 15-foot recovery from the front bunker.
But Love holed out for eagle, and the run was on. He birdied the next four holes and added another at the eighth, making the turn at 7-under-par 29.
He added birdies on the 10th and 12th before closing out the match on the 13th.
"I played a guy who was hot," Olazabal said. "He played perfect golf."
Woods, meanwhile, and Lawrie were even through 11 holes. Woods went 1 up twice on the front 9, but couldn't pull away until he birdied four of the final five holes to end the match. Woods had arrived only a couple of hours before the start of the match after playing in the World Cup in Malaysia over the weekend followed by a stopover in Japan. Lawrie never led in the match.
"It was a very intense match," Woods said. "I wasn't 100 percent. I just got in from Japan and I didn't get much sleep."