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July 6 2011

7:55 PM

Love: Ryder Cup won’t affect my play

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Davis Love III isn't working any less on his game as the 2012 Ryder Cup captain.
By Zak Kozuchowski, PGATOUR.COM

Davis Love III said Wednesday at the John Deere Classic that his duties as 2012 Ryder Cup Captain won't lead to a dip in his performance on the course.

"There's nothing to take you away from playing golf tournaments and working on your golf game," Love said. "I'm not going to back off on my golf. I signed a deal with Bridgestone that said I was going to play 20 tournaments, and I always play 23 or 24 or 25. And you know, I'm here to play this week, and you know, next year I'm going to be here to play again."

Love has played in six Ryder Cups -- his last in 2004. He said he's not focused on who he will pick for the 2012 Ryder Cup team, but actually on qualifying for the team himself. He's also hoping to qualify for Fred Couples' Presidents Cup team this year, although he admitted that he will have to win a few events to do so.

"Sure (as a captain) you gotta watch guys play," Love said. "The best way to do that is go play with them, you know. And I've had a great time playing with, you know, Bo Van Pelts, and Mark Wilsons and Jeff Overtons and Rickie Fowlers, guys that I haven't gotten most captains wouldn't have gotten a chance to play for two or three years with."

Love said he's often asked about Tiger Woods' health or how he will handle Rory McIlroy, questions he called irrelevant at this time.

"We're trying to prepare for the tournament," he said. "You can't predict now who's going to make the team on either side."

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