"I think I have,'' he said. "I love competing. My whole life's been competing, so I tried to stay in shape and eat the right foods. I want to continue to compete until I'm 62, hopefully. We'll see. My ball-striking's good enough, and my short game's getting better. My short game's improved over these years, so that's helped me.''
Davis, once a feared long hitter, admits to a few allowances to age.
"I had to change my ball flight,'' he said. "When I was strong and young like these guys, I could hit a cut. Now I have to hit a draw to get a little more yardage.''
He's also used a long putter "for a lot of years,'' and acknowledges the fact that excessive heat like the Open golfers have seen this week likely affects him more than the youngsters pounding the ball down the fairways.
"But it wasn't the heat at all,'' he said of Thursday's 73. "I was a little disappointed.
"I should have shot at the worst, probably, 70. I could have had 68 very easily. It's golf. A couple little bounces, a couple little things all the time. When you're playing good, those little bounces [favor you]. But I'm hitting the ball well, so you never know.''
Davis, more than most golfers, has sustained his success over a longer period.
His gap of 17 tournaments between his first and most recent Open title is by far the most of any repeat player in this year's field - David Bradshaw's six titles have come in an eight-tournament stretch (2004-11), Brad Westfall's five over 12 tourneys (1992-2003), Payne's four in eight tourneys (1986-93) and John Ross' two in three tourneys (1997-99).
Davis was a club professional for 25 years, many of them at Edgewood, and now teaches the game and gets to play some, appearing in Tri-State PGA events.
"I've had the opportunity to play in six majors,'' he said, "and I just got back from playing in the Senior PGA Championship.
"When you get to this age, you appreciate things more. I enjoyed that time so much, being around those great players, and just being there. When you're young, you think, 'I can do this. I can do that.' Now I enjoy it more.''
One more thing he'll enjoy is being introduced for today's final round as a participant in one of the last threesomes to tee off.
"I'm proud of that for a 56-year-old man,'' Davis said with a smile. "I'll be there hanging with them.''
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.