It's not unusual Love

Davis Love III rediscovers his passion for Harbour Town, leading the MCI Classic

Sat, 15 Apr 2000

It is hardly surprising to see Davis Love at the top of the leaderboard at the MCI Classic in Harbour town…he has won here four times before. And if Love has a secret about playing at Harbour Town, he's not telling anybody.

Love shot a five under par 66 to lead at the halfway mark, one shot in front of Masters runner up Ernie Els who shot 67 in the second round here

"You can tell that maybe they think I know something that they don't. But I don't." Said Love III.

Steve Lowery fired the best of the day, a 7-under 64 and was three strokes off the lead with American Indian and former Jailbird Notah Begay and first-round leader Dan Forsman.

Masters winner Vijay Singh moved to within a shot of Love midway through the round. But three bogeys on the back nine left him slumbering six shots behind a rampant Davis Love.

Love is as overwhelming a favourite at Harbour Town as Tiger Woods seems to be at most other courses. His four victories are an MCI Classic record, as is the $941,533 he has won here. He broke 70 in eight of his last 10 tournament rounds.

"It is kind of strange that for some reason after The Masters I always come here and play well," Love said. "Players have asked me a lot, "How do you play this hole?" or "How do you play that hole?".

Ernie Els will glean further information as to how Love plays Harbour Town as he is paired with him again during the third round.

"Davis knows this place pretty well," said Els, so I just kind of followed him around today."
Love's 66 included a an eagle at the par-4 16th, holing out from 130 yards with a nine iron and a birdie on No. 18 that "probably felt like an eagle," Love said.



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