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October 18 2012

7:33 PM

Love (65) has big-time goals

By Bill Cooney, PGATOUR.COM ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- At times, Davis Love III feels like he hasn’t slept in about a week. On Thursday morning, Love was wide awake and kicking in birdies – some caffeine certainly helped – during a first-round, 5-under 65 at The McGladrey Classic. “The only adjustment I've made is more Red Bull to keep my energy up,” said Love, the tournament host at Sea Island GC. “After the Ryder Cup, I've been playing these last two weeks, I'm ready to play, the responsibilities, the parties and all that are a lot of fun, but when I get up in the morning, I can tell I'm not getting a whole lot of rest. “But I'm feeling good. I'm excited to play.” Love was one shot behind early leader Greg Owen and tied for second with Zach Johnson, David Toms and Danny Lee. Love is attempting to finish inside the top 100 on the PGA TOUR money list for the 27th straight season. He’s currently 104th, about $100,000 or so short of the mark. For the record, that’s better than any streak by Jack Nicklaus (25), Gary Player (24) or Arnold Palmer (21). But he’s also playing well enough to think about qualifying for next year’s Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village. If he can’t, would an assistant’s role under American Captain and good pal Fred Couples suffice? “I’d like to do The Presidents Cup again whether it’s driving a cart or (playing),” Love said. Couples previously named Jay Haas as one of his assistants and is expected to name more in the coming months. Love ranks 78th in Presidents Cup points. He played on six Presidents Cup teams, the last coming in 2005.
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