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Love planning for playing-captain role

Updated: Thursday, 11 Aug 2011 09:56

Davis Love - The 2012 Ryder Cup captain is eighth on the points table for a place on the USA team
Davis Love - The 2012 Ryder Cup captain is eighth on the points table for a place on the USA team

American Ryder Cup captain Davis Love still wants to play against Europe in Chicago next year - and it is a case of so far, so good.

The 47-year-old went into the USPGA Championship in Atlanta today lying eighth on the points table and on course for a seventh cap.

"I think we should cut it off after this week, especially if I play good," said Love, who is ready to be the first playing-captain since Arnold Palmer in 1963.

"I made 12 teams (Presidents and Ryder Cups) in a row and I've been frustrated ever since."

The last of them was six years ago.

"I'm hitting the ball well enough to play on the team. I'm not going to make it when I'm 55 probably, so I need to go ahead and get it done," he added.

"If it's not this one I'm going to try just as hard for the next one."

Love was appointed after serving as one of Corey Pavin's assistants in last October's defeat at Celtic Manor.

That came after he recorded his first top-10 finish in a major since 2005, sixth at the US Open, and so far this season he has come 11th in the same event at Congressional and ninth in The Open at Sandwich.

He currently ranks 96th in the world, but in the Ryder Cup standings the only players ahead of him are, in order from the top, Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Steve Stricker, Bo Van Pelt, Kevin Chappell, Robert Garrigus and Ryan Palmer.

Tiger Woods is one place below and he and Love play together in the first two rounds, along with Padraig Harrington, at the Atlanta Athletic Club.

Love said: "It's going to be good. I had a little talk with him in the locker room yesterday because I had not seen him.

"Obviously the conversation immediately turns to the Ryder Cup, like most of my friends now that you haven't see in a while.

"I always enjoy playing with Tiger. Obviously there's a lot going on with him right now - people are anxious to see how he plays and there will be a lot of scrutiny.

"It will make me focus. That's one of the challenges for me - don't look at the leaderboards, don't think about results.

"Play your own game and don't let the distractions that go with playing in front of a big gallery and a big pairing get in the way.

"Hopefully it's going to be like playing in the last group four days in a row."

Greenkeeping staff at Athletic Atlanta Club were forced into making emergency repairs to a green on the eve of the tournament.

A mower ripped up a section of turf on the short 17th as preparations were being completed.

Luckily, it was close to the fringe rather than central and replacement turf was quickly brought to make the area playable again.

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