No love for Davis Love III


LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – It should come as no surprise somebody played a wrong ball early Thursday morning at the Children's Miracle Network Classic at Disney World. It is, after all, a pro-am format with more than 100 amateurs in the field.

The surprise is that it was defending champion Davis Love III who failed to identify his ball in the left rough before his second shot at the 14th hole of the Palm Course. It was Love's fifth hole of the morning. His ball was buried in a bad lie in the gnarly Bermuda rough. It was disconcerting because Love was off to a terrific start with back-to-back birdies to open the first round.

Love discovered his error lining up his third shot and marched back to replay his last shot. He ended up holing a 20-footer for a good bogey with the two-stroke penalty.

The morning rounds are being played in a mist and a cold wind.