By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
Davis Love III was walking through the parking lot at TPC Southwind last year with his son Drew.
He'd just taken a share of the lead into the final round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic, closed with a 69 and ended up two strokes behind the eventual champ, Dustin Johnson.
"We should have won the golf tournament," Love's son said, to which the father replied, "How many guys do you think are saying we should have won?"
Love's words put the day in perspective as Drew acknowledged the number was probably eight or nine.
"It just bunches up," Love explained on Friday after two rounds of this year's renewal at TPC Southwind. "You can't get going that great. You can't make a lot of birdies in a row. You can't avoid a mistake."
That's why Love refused to get too concerned by the fact that he trails Harris English by six shots right now. For the second straight year Love is in the mix at 4 under and excited to see how the final 36 holes play out.
"You have to be patient," Love said. "... You can't just force it, I think is the biggest thing. A lot like Harbour Town or Colonial. You have to be a little bit patient off the tee, hit it in the fairway. I had a lot of 9-irons and wedges, you can get in the fairway. If you miss the fairway, it's hard to hit the ball with any club."
Love, who has five wins at Harbour Town, admits he got a little "lucky" at the ninth hole on Friday, which was his final one of the day. He hit his drive into the left rough, then came up with a brilliant second shot that settled within tap-in distance to close out a round of even-par 70.
"Usually if you hit it in the rough, you're looking at just trying to get it somewhere around the green and not make a big number," Love said. "I made a 6 on 17. Other than that I really scrambled around pretty good."
Love said that birdie at the ninth probably saved him a stroke, maybe a stroke-and-a-half. It was his fourth birdie of the day, offsetting two bogeys and the double bogey at No. 17 where he found a pair of greenside bunkers.
"Good way to finish," Love said. "Scores are not going to be as low today except for Harris. I think a little bit faster greens and little bit more windy. Playing kind of tricky."