Love Harbours Thoughts of No 6

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Davis Love III still doesnt have a green jacket, but he will have an opportunity to earn his sixth plaid jacket this week.
 
Love leads a pack of 37 players who make the short drive from Augusta, Ga., to Hilton Head Island, S.C. for the MCI Heritage.
 
Despite his Masters frustrations, Love has experienced immense success at Harbour Town Golf Links ' almost unparalleled in the history of golf.
 
Love has won this event five times. Only five others have won the same tournament on more occasions than Love has at Hilton Head.
 
Sam Snead holds the PGA Tour record, having won the Greater Greensboro Open eight times. Jack Nicklaus (Masters), Snead (Miami Open), Alex Ross (North & South Open) and Harry Vardon (British Open) have won the same event six times.
 
Love has said over the years that he tries to get his game to peak during this time of year. But it has led to two wins the week before the Masters and five wins the week following.
 
I take a deep breath and drive down the road to Hilton Head and say, Why didn't I win the Masters? And then I play at Hilton Head and I win, because I relax and I play my game and I'm confident, Love said.
 
I'm tuning it for that time of year. You can't say, all right, Sunday of the Masters is the day I'm going to play good this year. You can't be that good, but you can have your game ready for the big times of the year.
 
Love tied for seventh at Augusta. That means, if history is any indicator, that he will not be able to successfully defend his title.
 
He has never won the MCI Heritage after finishing inside the top 10 at Augusta.

Love earned his first tour title at this event in 1987, his second full season. He won again in 1991, 92, 98 and again last year.
 
His most recent victory was a combination of resiliency ' on Loves behalf ' and a meltdown ' on his opponents.
 
Love chipped in on the final hole to force a sudden-death playoff with Woody Austin.
 
Austin then missed a 6-foot putt on the second playoff hole and a 3-footer on the third extra hole, both of which would have given him his first title since the 1995 Buick Open.
 
Love then slammed the door shut on the fourth playoff hole by making birdie after his approach shot hit the flagstick.
 
To win five times on a tour is pretty awesome, but to win five times in the same place ' pretty incredible, Love said.
 
Others in the 132-man field include: Darren Clarke, British Open champion Ben Curtis, Masters runner-up Ernie Els, Jay Haas, 2002 winner Justin Leonard, Mark OMeara,1997 winner Nick Price and 36-hole Masters leader Justin Rose.
 
Masters champion Phil Mickelson is not in attendance, meaning Bernhard Langer will remain the last player to win both the Masters and the following tournament. Langer captured his first Masters title in 1985 and then won the Heritage immediately thereafter.
 
The purse is $4,800,000, with $864,000 going to the winner.
 
Love easily holds the record for most Heritage victories, but he isnt the only multiple champion. Hale Irwin won in 1971, 73 and 94; Johnny Miller in 1972 and 74; Hubert Green in 1976 and 78; Tom Watson in 1979 and 82; Fuzzy Zoeller in 1983 and 85; and Payne Stewart in 1989 and 90.
 
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