Q. You talked after winning Pebble Beach, because of injuries, you wanted to make a little push here in the next three or four years from a career standpoint. Could you just talk a little bit about that?
DAVIS LOVE III: Being hurt for a couple years and not playing well was disappointing. After '97, I thought I was really going to be on the way up and after '99, it's been kind of flat and nothing really happening.
So it's been just a goal to get back healthy and playing good, and I'm well on my way, so I'm real pleased with it. You know, you just keep doing the little things that I'm doing to get better physically and with my golf game.
Q. What would a second win already this season mean to you?
DAVIS LOVE III: The way I'm playing, I'm just excited about it; that I'm playing this well; that I'm hitting it good and that I'm feeling good. I had a real short week at La Costa, but it's three weeks in a row of playing golf and practicing and I'm feeling very good.
Winning is very important, but feeling good and being in there is what I want to do all year long. And if somebody behind us tomorrow shoots 59 or 60, there might not be anything we can do about it, but I'm going to go out there and try to birdie every hole tomorrow with a good attitude, which is nice. It's nice to be excited and playing aggressively and feeling good.
Q. When was the last time you were feeling this way?
DAVIS LOVE III: '99 probably was the last time. I felt like I was playing decent a lot between the last couple of years, but playing 100% and practicing as much as I want and playing as much as I want has been -- mid-2000, I started off okay, but I was kind of scratchy most of the summer of 2000. And 2001.
Q. You came here, only Top-10 in the World Rankings at this tournament, when you come here in that situation, do you feel like you're the guy to beat?
DAVIS LOVE III: No. I don't think so. I think there's just too many good players out there now. I look at it like if I play my game, I can win.
I think probably the Top-10 player on the BUY.COM TOUR or Nationwide Tour, he's still got to shoot a good score to win. He may have more of an edge, so you've still really got to shoot a good score, so I don't pay much attention to it.
Q. With the injuries, has desire at all waned at all at any point during that, and if so, is it back to where it was at earlier points?
DAVIS LOVE III: I think I wanted it, and that's why I kept playing when maybe I should have taken six months off and gotten better like most athletes. You don't want to sit and convince yourself that you can just get by on just talent and just nursing it. I think I nursed it a little bit too much. I did get lazy. I didn't have any less desire, but I did have an excuse not to practice, a reason not to and a reason to take weeks off. I think I got into some bad habits because of that.
But I couldn't work my way out of them until end of last year.
Q. Have you felt more confident than this going into -- I hate to talk about a major, but it's not that far away, really, and you seem like you're having one of your better years already even if you don't win tomorrow. Have you felt more confident than this going into a major?
DAVIS LOVE III: I felt like I've learned to peak and I've learned to build up. Yeah, I'm feeling as good as I've felt since maybe the start of 2000, before I kind of pushed myself over the edge at Atlanta right before the Masters in 2000. I think overpracticing and overplayed leading up to that.
So now I've learned that I have to pace myself, and between now and then, I'll keep doing the things I'm doing but I won't overdo it. Yeah, this is as confident as I've been with my game in a long time.
JOEL SCHUCHMANN: Let's go over your score card real quick. You birdied No. 8, the par 3.
DAVIS LOVE III: 8, 9-iron to about ten feet.
9, driver, 1-iron, to six or seven feet to the right of the hole.
10, 1-iron off the tee and 60-degree sand wedge to about ten or 12 feet. Made that.
12 was a 1-iron off the tee and a pitching wedge to about 25 feet.
15, 3-wood off the tee, 4-iron on the green about 50 feet and 2-putted.
17, driver and 3-iron way right of the green, hit a good pitch up there about 15 feet and made it.
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