Love shot his lowest round since February with a 5-under 65 Thursday that tied for third, three strokes in back of first-round leader Justin Leonard at the St. Jude Classic. It was much-needed reinforcement for someone trying to work his way through a neck injury by playing instead of resting.
'Some guys talked me into taking a more aggressive approach,' Love said of a neck problem that has bothered him for the past four or five years. 'I'm feeling better. It's getting stronger. It seems like every day I am feeling better and hitting the ball better and better. I have been hitting it a lot better on the range and at home.'
Love finished tied for second at the MCI Heritage, where he is a five-time winner, but he has missed four cuts, including his last two at Wachovia and Colonial. Of his last 16 rounds, he had only three in the 60s.
The TPC at Southwind didn't seem the type of course where Love would kick his game into a higher gear.
Changes had been made since last year, with the greens switched from bent grass to champion Bermuda, and a par 5 turned into a par 4, decreasing par from 71 to 70 despite 141 yards being added for a 7,244-yard total.
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