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His voice breaking, the 70-year-old credited his wife of 39 years, Maria, for making him a better person and player.

“I would not be here without her,” he said.

It was Maria, dying of cancer, who had prompted him to accept the honor when tournament founder Jack Nicklaus first called him a year ago.

After a parade of people recited his accomplishments and told stories about him, Floyd said, “I never knew I was this good. I’m humbled to be in such company.”

Past Memorial Tournament honorees also include Tom Watson, Nancy Lopez, Seve Ballesteros, JoAnne Carner, Lee Trevino, Payne Stewart, Sam Snead, Walter Hagen, Gary Player, Ben Hogan, Bobby Jones, Arnold Palmer and Nicklaus.

Nicklaus was asked to reminisce about playing against Floyd.

“What I always remember about Raymond is his competitiveness,” he said. “When he got in contention, generally speaking, he won.”

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SPREADING THE LOVE: U.S. Presidents Cup captain Fred Couples has tapped one of his best friends, Davis Love III, as one of his assistants for this fall’s team competition at Muirfield Village.

Both Love and Couples are playing in the Memorial this week, also at Muirfield. Love said he was surprised to join Jay Haas on Couples’ staff.

“I really actually wasn’t expecting it because we hadn’t talked about it,” Love said. “To be around a team again so soon is really great for me, because we had a great experience for two years. It would be nice to jump right back in and let him make the speeches.”

Love was captain of the U.S. Ryder Cup team last fall which built a gaping 10-6 lead heading into the final day but then lost eight singles matches and tied one to lose, 14 1/2 to 13 1/2. The victory was Europe’s fifth in the last six matches.

The 49-year-old Love can’t wait to get back into a team competition, but would prefer to do it as a player. He had surgery on his neck in February and didn’t play until The Players Championship earlier this month.

Love said he preferred to be in a support role on the team.

“I’ll be the behind-the-scenes golf-cart charger or whatever,” he said.

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