Q. Aren't you staying on the course in a mobile home and how that's that been this year?
DAVIS LOVE III: It's been great. I did it a lot last year. This is my second week this year, probably 15 I will do in a motor home and it's great. I can roll out of bed this morning and half an hour later, sneak over here, see how they were doing. I'm just about on 1 tee basically and it's awful nice.
Q. Is John Daly a good neighbor?
DAVIS LOVE III: He's a very good neighbor. He's trying to tell me how to fix my generator yesterday, and he was wrong, but other than that, keep him away from the tools and we're okay. (Laughter.)
He's been kind of helping me along, here is where we were going to park, here is what you do, here is how to handle it. He's been a great neighbor. Everybody says, well, he must be fun to be around. He's quiet. He comes back, he disappears. So I've had fun with his wife and little Austin, but John is pretty quiet, which I've been shocked to see, which is good. He's enjoying himself.
And I love it because -- I told him the other night, I haven't been this excited about traveling on TOUR in a long time because I have my stuff with me all the time and it makes me it a lot of fun.
Q. What kind is it.
DAVIS LOVE III: It's a Featherlite.
Q. Notah Begay was in here yesterday talking about a situation where he had been injured in 2000 and how long it took him to get back and his biggest hurdle now is the mental hurdle of being able to come out here and win, and obviously you've done that, you've won this year already. But did you have a problem with, as you've talked about, trying to finish people off or trying to get through four rounds, did you have that problem as well mentally?
DAVIS LOVE III: Yeah, and I talked to Notah a little bit about it when he was coming back.
Yeah, you just lose a little bit of confidence. You lose a little bit of strength and then the next thing you know, you don't feel like you're as capable as you were. You feel like you're starting behind the 8 ball. You certainly don't want to tee off playing with Tiger Woods and feel 70 percent and be 80 percent mentally. You're just not going to win.
So once you get past that, that's why I said at Pebble Beach, it was a big win for me to come back from a lot of near misses and get one, and once you get over that hump -- I haven't burned it up since then but I've been shooting some good scores and feeling better about it. I'm hitting better shots and I'm hitting high cut 5-irons and 4-irons like I used to and I'm starting to see some signs of really playing well.
I had a hot putter that week as Pebble and I think whenever I get a hot putter, I can win any week now. It's nice to feel that way.
Q. Do you go into weeks now saying, "I can win every week"?
DAVIS LOVE III: Yeah and that was my goal for this year, was to come out and play tournaments ready to win. That's why I didn't start until the Hope and I didn't go to Hawaii because I wasn't ready, I didn't feel like I was 100%. If I come to a tournament and say I'm tired, I'm worn down, I'm going to hurt myself if I keep this up, I'm just going to pack up and go home.
I don't want to miss next week, but if I play four in a row, I would be no good at THE PLAYERS. So I'm going to have to stick with my game plan on and off the golf course. I need to go back this afternoon and go through my whole routine. If I don't, I know I'll feel it on Sunday.
Q. You're 1-under through seven holes today and then you eagle 17, were you starting to feel any panic about not getting anywhere?
DAVIS LOVE III: Yeah, I made a bogey, hit a bad 5-iron into 12, and then hit a bad tee shot at the next hole and chipped out and hit a good shot up there and made the putt.
I kind of saved it there and made a birdie and an eagle coming in. But, yeah, you're concerned. Like I said every time you make three pars, four pars in a row, you start to worry. I missed a little putt at 1, my 10th hole, and you think, "Well, I'm going to have a chance on every hole coming in." But you still think that every one you let get away is going to be the difference. If it takes 29- or 30-under par to win, you just can't let it get away.
JOEL SCHUCHMANN: Let's go over your score card quickly and we'll take one or two more questions. You started on No. 10 with a birdie.
DAVIS LOVE III: 10, I hit 3-wood off the tee, sand wedge to about ten feet.
12, 1-iron off the tee and a 5-iron in the bunker blasted out about six or seven feet and missed it.
15, driver off the tee, 1-iron into the green-side bunker. Blasted out about ten feet and made it.
17, 3-wood off the tee and a 4-iron to about five feet. Made that.
4, I hit a 3-wood off the tee and an 8-iron to about eight feet.
5, a 1-iron off the tee, 3-iron to lay up and then a pitching wedge to about a foot.
The par 3, I hit a 5-iron about 20 feet and made that.
7, was a 3-wood off the tee and a 9-iron to about five feet.
Q. Despite the problems you had with your neck, you pretty consistently stayed in the Top-10. As people search for somebody to be Tiger's next rival, they went through Phil and Sergio and now Ernie, your name didn't get mentioned a lot. Do you feel like during that time you were a forgotten man?
DAVIS LOVE III: No. I wasn't playing well. I finished 24th or 25th or something on the Money List last year, didn't win.
No, I wasn't running in that company. I was close but I wasn't running up there.
Q. You said that "whenever I get a hot putter, I know I can win." Is it rarer that the hot putter doesn't win and can you win without a hot putter?
DAVIS LOVE III: Yeah, David Duval had a hot putter the first two weeks of the year and missed the cut. He made everything. He was leading putting after two weeks.
I know what you're saying. I think obviously Tiger or Phil, if they finish third or fourth or fifth in putting for the week, they can still win. It's hard to beat now. It's hard to beat the guy that's No. 1 in putting for the week. Like Tiger is No. 1 in greens and regulation, No. 1 in putting usually wins. That's what's happening this week. You watch -- everybody is going to hit -- not everybody -- but the guys at the top are going to be hitting almost every fairway and then just tons of greens. So putting, it's going to come down to who makes the most so 10- or 15-footers for birdie.
A hot putter for me, I don't fall too far down the list very often, but I also don't jump up into 1, 2 and 3 for the week very often. So when I do that, I feel like I've got a really good chance to win.
Q. Is your putter hot this week?
DAVIS LOVE III: It's getting hot. It's warm.
JOEL SCHUCHMANN: Thank you very much.
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