It seems strange to hold a Masters without Davis Love III, who had appeared in 70 consecutive majors, including 17 consecutive Masters (two runner-up finishes), prior to failing to qualify this year. After four months of re-habbing an ankle ligament injury, Love has made three cuts in seven starts. Nice re-cap of Love's efforts in the Canadian Press.
"I'm close to playing good," he said. "I'm just not getting it done. I don't know if I'm ready for Augusta or not. I'm not really playing good enough to compete right now, so I probably don't deserve to play." But Love said he's far ahead of the recovery time that doctors set for him. He wouldn't have returned so quickly if he had already secured a spot in the Masters.
"Because I was trying to get back in the Masters and getting back to playing well, I worked really hard," he said. "I've done really well and that's going to serve me well the rest of the year. But the Masters was definitely my motivation."