June 18 2011
By Melanie Hauser, PGATOUR.COM
BETHESDA, Md. -- Davis Love III, who is vying for low American honors this week, admits Rory McIlroy's eight-shot lead will make Sunday a little less interesting.
"But you still try to do it the best you can,'' he said. You never know.
Love, who shot a third-round 70 and is tied for 10th at 2 under, pointed to McIlroy's meltdown at the Masters this year when he led by four and Greg Norman's in 1996, when he led by six, as tournaments where one swing really made the difference between winning and losing.
"(Rory's) obviously playing fantastic golf,'' Love said. "He was, I'd say, one swing from winning the Masters and then he hits it in the fairway on 10 and I think it was over.
"A lot like Greg Norman that year. Greg, one swing, give him one swing back and he turns one of those doubles into a par, and he probably wins. He can shoot low, there's no question about that."
Someone asked if Love remembered what it was like to be 22, like McIlroy is, and innocent.
"I think he's about 27 in golf years,'' Love said. "He's very polished on experience. When I was 22, I didn't have the wealth of experience he has. Scott Verplank winning a pro event (the 1985 Western Open as an amateur), I don't think we've seen a rookie come out with his composure and be ready to play on our Tour right away like he is. (Rory) and Rickie Fowler I think are a lot alike. They're both very mature, very well rounded, smart guys that know where they want to go and how to get there. They're not just trying to figure it out; they're trying to win."