Love on Top of the World - Again

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Hilton Head Island is to Davis Love III what Kansas was to Dorothy Gale. Regardless of agitations experienced, Love can always find sanctuary at the Harbour Town Golf Links.
 
The four-time Heritage champion opened his 2002 campaign with a 9-under-par 62 to take the lead midway through the first round of the WorldCom Classic.
 
'It's one of those days that you go, 'It was a great round,'' Love said. 'You're not feeling like you left a bunch out there.'
 
Theres no place like home.
 
Check out Davis Love III's scorecard
 
Love leads Billy Andrade by two shots. Phil Mickelson is three back, as are two-time U.S. Open champion Lee Janzen, three-time WorldCom runner-up David Frost and last year's playoff loser, Billy Mayfair.
 
Angel Cabrera, who recorded his second straight Masters top-10 last week, and Greg Norman are four off the pace following a 65.
 
The Masters is a recent yet bitter memory for Love. The 38-year-old shot 67 to take the first-round lead, only to go 75-74-71 to finish in a tie for 14th.
 
Based on his play prior to reaching Augusta, Loves ending was more apropos than his beginning. He is now 0 for 11 in terms of top-10s this season. Of course, that is likely to change this week.
 
If only a major tournament were contested at Harbour Town ' then Love would be a champion multiple times over.
 
He recorded the first of his 14 career PGA Tour victories at this event in 1987. Win No. 3 came here in 1991; No. 5 the following year; and No. 13 in 1998.
 
And just in case anyone doubted a 'Drive for Five,' Love fired his career best round on these links Thursday. He posted nine birdies without a bogey.
 
Love birdied his first two holes, Nos. 10 and 11. He made the turn in 5-under 30, and then came home in 4-under 32. His round was highlighted by a 50-foot chip-in at the par-3 fourth.
 
'It was like a chip-and-putt course after hitting 4-, 5-, 6-iron into every hole last week,' Love said. 'It does seem easier.'
 
Mickelson was almost as steady, producing one eagle, five birdies and a lone bogey. His only dropped shot came at the par-3 fourth, which he promptly followed with a 3 at the par-5 fifth.
 
'I thought I played pretty well until I looked up and saw that Davis was 9-under,' said Mickelson.
 
Mickelson, like Love, has a bit of a bad taste in his mouth after a frustrating Masters finish.
 
The lefty birdied his first two holes Sunday at Augusta National to pull within two shots of the lead, held by Tiger Woods. He then missed the greens at both the third and fourth holes to make bogey, and never recovered. Mickelson earned his sixth career top-three in a major without a win.
 
John Daly, the 1991 PGA champion and 1995 British Open winner, withdrew Thursday due to a sore wrist. He was 6-over on his round through 15 holes.
 
Full-field scores from the WorldCom Classic