By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
SAN MARTIN, Calif. – The weather delays at last week’s Presidents Cup didn’t just impact the players. They also had an effect on an assistant captain, cutting into Davis Love III’s preparations for the season-opening Frys.com Open.
Love III is off to a solid start at CordeValle, though, after consecutive 69s. He was tied for 17th when he completed his second round.
“I’m a little rusty, which is to be expected,” he said. “I thought with the way the (Presidents Cup) schedule was, I was going to have plenty of time to hit balls. But then (with the delays) even our players didn’t have time to hit balls. Freddie was trying to get me out (to practice). On Sunday, I watched all the guys go through the first par-3, No. 4. I asked, ‘What do you want me to do now?’ He said, ‘The range is open. Go have fun.’
“Yeah, Sunday of the Presidents Cup, I’m going to go hit balls.”
Love, a 20-time PGA TOUR winner, said he’s played less than 72 holes since his last TOUR start, at the Wyndham Championship in August. That includes 15 holes last Tuesday at Muirfield Village when he filled in for an ill Zach Johnson in a Presidents Cup practice round.
“I needed a break (after Wyndham) because I had pushed myself a little over the edge trying to get to 15 tournaments after the surgery,” said Love, who turns 50 in April. “Then I got enjoying my break and it snuck up on me. But I have a good attitude and I’m having fun.”
He played 15 events on the PGA TOUR in 2013 with one top-10 (T-9, The Greenbrier Classic) after having surgery Feb. 8 to relieve numbness and weakness caused by spinal stenosis and joint bone spurs in the neck. He returned at THE PLAYERS Championship in May. He finished 162nd in the FedExCup standings to miss the Playoffs for the first time since 2008 and end a streak of 27 consecutive years inside the top 100 on the TOUR money list.
“I’m good,” Love said of his health. “Everything else feels great, the best in a long, long time. I’m starting to hit the ball where I want to hit it.”