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04 Mercedes ChampionshipsKAPALUA, Hawaii -- Davis Love III and Vijay Singh are spending a lot more time with their sons at the office.
 
Love noticed over the last few years that 10-year-old son Drew is a regular on the range at Sea Island, which has carried onto the golf course at Sea Island, Ga.
 
'Drew playing a lot has given me another boost, another reason to get out and play at home, not be lazy and go hunting, fishing,' Love said. 'I think his excitement is spilling over a little bit to me. He's having fun with it. He's dragging me out there a lot.'
 
Love is trying not to push his son toward a future in golf.
 
The former PGA champion had every resource imaginable as a kid, especially since his father was a renowned teaching pro. Love said he doesn't offer a lot of instruction unless asked, leaving that to the golf pros at Sea Island.
 
'I'm trying to do what my dad did -- give him all the access, teach him more about how to act at the golf course, etiquette, rules,' Love said. 'I'm trying to put him in the atmosphere that my dad put me in, let him find his way.'
 
Love said it was important that Drew saw him win four tournaments last year, if nothing else than to see the hard work pay off in results.
 
When they play together, Love still has pressure to perform well.
 
'He told me the other day, 'Why don't you hit the ball close like Uncle Mark?'' Love said.
 
'He knows. He's watching. When I don't hit a good shot, he wants to know why. Dad is supposed to hit it good every time. He inspires me to still play hard because he wants me to do well.'
 
Whether his son will follow the same career path remains to be seen.
 
Love said he wants to play in the Office Depot Father-Son Challenge, along with Fred Couples and his 10-year-old son, Oliver, but they figure the boys are a little too young.
 
They can check with Singh about what that experience is like.
 
Singh, who has won a Masters and PGA Championship, says his best golf memory was playing with 13-year-old Qass in the Office Depot Father-Son Challenge in Orlando, Fla., last month, where they contended on the final day.
 
'That was the biggest thrill I've ever had in my whole career,' Singh said. 'To do something special, like playing golf with him, was something that I never thought I was going to do until last year. '
 
There are different dynamics in the house of Singh.
 
While Drew Love has become a range rat, Qass Singh isn't as motivated to hit even a small bucket of balls.
 
'I have to drag him out on the golf course,' Singh said with a laugh.
 
The Fijian said his son was a natural as a toddler, and they even have pictures of him swinging a club in his pre-kindergarten years.
 
'He was unbelievable,' Singh said. 'I thought, 'I've got a winner, here.' He was a great player for his age until he hit about six, then he totally quit.'
 
Qass is in the seventh grade, and he started taking golf for his physical education class.
 
The Singhs, like the Loves, are not hurting for resources.
 
Qass gets out of school every day and spends an hour on the range at the Tournament Players Club at Sawgrass, which has one of the best practice facilities in the world. It was through that practice that Qass became good enough to take his game to national TV in the Office Depot Father-Son Challenge.
 
The bad news?
 
'After that tournament, he has not gone to the golf course,' Singh said. 'Once he starts school again, I think he'll get back that feel. He's keen, but he's not that keen right now. I'm not going to push him, although I'd love him to play golf. I think he's got great potential to be a great player.
 
'He swings the club better at his age than I did when I was his age. We'll have to see.'
 
NEW AGENT: Ernie Els says he turned to Nick Price for advice when he was starting out in professional golf.
 
Now, he'll be turning to Price's agent.
 
Els left longtime manager Nick Frangos last year and has been shopping around for a new agent. He checked with just about everyone, from IMG to Links Sports, before settling on David Abell of Jupiter, Fla.
 
'I've never really gone with a group, so I felt staying on my own will be good,' Els said. 'I've known David a long time.'
 
TIGER AND PEBBLE: Tiger Woods has had some of his greatest moments at Pebble Beach. He came from seven shots behind with seven holes to go to win the 2000 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, and later that summer won the U.S. Open by a record 15 shots with the lowest score ever in relation to par at a U.S. Open (12 under).
 
But it could be a while before he returns.
 
Woods said he was skipping the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am for the second straight year because of the bumpy poa annua greens in early February.
 
'You walk off the golf course saying you can never make a 1-foot putt,' he said.
 
Woods says his confidence on the greens is shot for weeks after Pebble Beach.
 
Instead, he will take a four-week break after this week and return at the Buick Invitational at Torrey Pines, where he is the defending champion.
 
Woods also is expected to play the Nissan Open and World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship.
 
Asked if he would ever return to the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, Woods replied, 'That depends on the greens.'
 
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