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March 1 2012

8:22 PM

Can Love play his way onto own team?

Interview: Davis Love III

Following his opening-round 64, Davis Love III talks about his play in The Honda Classic with Bob Stevens from SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio.

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Davis Love III hasn’t talked to any past Ryder Cup captains about what it would like to be a playing captain, but if he keeps playing like this he might have to.

Love shot a course record-tying 6-under 64 Thursday at PGA National, where he holds a two-shot lead after a round that included a hole-in-one and five birdies to just one bogey.

“It just takes one week to jump right in there,” Love said of the Ryder Cup standings, in which he is 39th.

That’s what Kyle Stanley did. After a win and a second place earlier this year, the rookie moved to third in the standings.

There’s still a lot of golf to be played between now and the Ryder Cup this fall, but a playing captain might not be out of the question. “We begged [Tom] Kite to pick himself and he wouldn't do it,” Love said of the 1997 team.

The opportunity has certainly provided motivation for Love, who has gone from thinking about all the duties that go with being the captain to focusing on playing.

In his last start, he carded a 30 over his final nine holes at Pebble Beach. That momentum seems to have carried over to this week.

“I need to be ready for every week right now and do my best to move back up,” Love said. “I told my son the other day I want to play in the Match Play next year. I'm not in the Match Play and I'm not in Doral. If I'm close to making the Ryder Cup Team and don't make it, that means I'm going to be in the Match Play next year. I have to win to get in the Masters. So there's a lot of reasons to come out and play well other than just to earn points.”

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