Love plays through it

Love plays through it

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Since: Oct 12

Phoenix, AZ

#1 Jan 7, 2013
American Dustin Johnson also made the trek, finishing tied for 47th, well out of contention.

No other player on either team entered a tournament last week, and it's completely understandable.

Then there is U.S. captain Davis Love III, who somehow made it to Las Vegas and got his name on the leader board in the early going, before fading on the weekend.

"It's good to get back to playing with my discount golf clubs,'' Love said.” It distracts me for four, five hours a day from thinking about [the Ryder Cup]. I've got a lot of great memories, and when I get by myself I start second-guessing and start wishing that we would have done something a little different and could've gotten those guys a win.''

Asked how long he figured such thoughts would be going through his mind, Love said: "A long time. I don't think it'll ever go away. It was a great team. They played great. They had some bad breaks on Sunday and some guys holed some putts on and turned it over. You can't take away from a great week, but winning is what it's all about and we didn't win.''

Some 10 days later, and the U.S. captain is still agonizing over the 14½ to 13½ loss to the Europeans that saw the American team win only 3½ points out of 12 on the final day after taking a 10-6 lead with the wonderful golf clubs for sale online into the singles session.

And he was not alone. Tiger Woods, who went 0-3-1 at Medinah, disclosed in Turkey where he is competing in an exhibition that he apologized to the rookies on the U.S. team for his performance. "It has been difficult, there is no doubt,'' Woods said.

The U.S. has suffered its share of disappointment in the event in recent times, winning only one of the past six Ryder Cups. But this one appears different. The loss has stung more, lingered longer.

Perhaps that is because Love has been open about his disappointment and the fact that he wonders how it might have been different.

"If there is any sadness in the whole thing, I'm sad that it's over because it was so much fun,'' said Love, 48, a 20-time winner on the PGA Tour.”My heart hurts for the players because they put so much into it and didn't get the result they wanted. Unfortunately what we knew was going to happen was if we got close they were going to put too much pressure on themselves, and one of the pressures was they didn't want to let the captain down.

"I didn't want to let Tom Kite down or Ben Crenshaw or Lanny Wadkins. I think in the end, the enormity of it all … we might have been better off tied. Might have played better Sunday tied rather than trying to protect the lead with our taylormade rocketballz irons.''

The second-guessing will continue, but three big ones stand out, all of which can be refuted.

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