Lovely 62 Gives Davis the Lead


Davis Love IIIs neck is getting better by the day, and his play seems to be getting better by the round.

Love recorded 10 birdies Friday en route to a bogey-free 62 at Callaway Gardens Resort in Pine Mountain, Ga. He stands at 14-under 130, one shot clear of Vijay Singh and Chris DiMarco through the second round of the Buick Challenge.
Check out Davis Love III's scorecard
Thats the best I have hit it all year, Love said. I made a few putts but I also missed a bunch of putts.
This was a big day. I got myself back in it.
DiMarco needed only 22 putts on the Mountain View course. His round included a hole-out (8-iron from 165 yards) for eagle at the par-4 3rd, and a pair of chip-in birdies at Nos. 5 and 7.
Singh followed an opening 64 with a second-round 67. The Fijian shared the 18-hole lead with Australian Geoff Ogilvy, who floundered on Friday.
Ogilvy was 15 strokes higher in round two than in round one, shooting a 7-over 79. Ogilvy finished 36 holes at 1-under, and went from co-leader to a missed cut.
Per-Ulrik Johansson is five off the lead after shooting 2-under 70. The Swede is trying to secure his spot on the tour next season. He is currently in 122nd place on the money list; with only one tournament remaining on the schedule after this week, and the top 125 players on the money list receiving their tour cards for 2002.
Defending champion David Duval (69) is six back at 8-under.
Current 2001 PGA Tour money list
Love has played incredibly of late, posting 11 straight sub-70 rounds, including a final-round 61 in the Invensys Classic, two weeks ago.
Last week, Love played in the final group at the National Car Rental Classic. But despite a Sunday 66, he finished runner-up to Jose Coceres.
That marked the fourth time this season Love has been in the final group on Sunday and failed to garner victory. His lone win of the season came in Februarys AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, where he overcame a seven-shot deficit with a final-round 63.
Singh, on the other hand, is still vying for his first win this season on the PGA Tour. He has eight top-5 finishes and over $3.2 million in earnings, but no titles; though, he did win once in Malaysia and once in Singapore
Singh, whose last tour victory was the 2000 Masters Tournament, is trying to avoid his first winless season since 1996.
Friday, he made seven birdies and two bogeys - good scoring until compared to that by Love.
Love made five birdies on both the inward and outward halves, and never sniffed a bogey.
Hes played his last seven rounds in 47-under.
Love has quite a fondness for this event, as well. In 1997, the Sea Island resident won here, one week removed from an embarrassing 0-4 record in the Ryder Cup.
This is the final event prior to the season-ending Tour Championship. With the top 30 players on the money list qualifying for the $5 million event, Jesper Parnevik (No. 31) trails Kenny Perry (No. 30) by $676.
Parnevik kept alive his chances of catching Perry by eagling the par-5 15th and birdieing the par-4 18th to make the cut on the number at 2-under-par 142. Hes one shot back of Perry, who shot a second-round 70.
Heres how players on the top-30 and top-125 bubbles are faring through two rounds:
Tour Championship Bubble

27. Steve Lowery-2T62
28. Stewart Cink -5T22
29. Steve StrickerDNS
30. Kenny Perry-3T44
31. Jesper Parnevik-2T62
32. Kevin Sutherland-5T22
33. Jose Coceres-3T44
34. Jerry Kelly EvenMC
35. Rocco MediateWD
36. Paul Azinger-4T31

Top-125 Bubble

122. Per-Ulrik Johansson-98
123. Bradley Hughes-5T22
124. Brandt Jobe+3MC
125. Spike McRoy-3T44
126. Fred Couples*DNS
127. Brad Elder-2T62
128. Paul Goydos+2MC
129. Pete Jordan+10MC
130. Ian Leggatt+2MC
131. Tom Byrum-4T31
*Exempt through 2006 due to 1996 Players Championship victory
Full-field scores from the Buick Challenge