By petedirenzo
Friday, February 13, 2009

Through raindrops and cumulus clouds, I will be watching Friday to see if Davis Love III (who shot 69 at Pebble Beach on Thursday) really has one more act left in golf. Right or wrong, Love has taken a lot of shrapnel in the media for lacking a killer instinct throughout his career. (He tees off at 1:10 p.m. Eastern. Follow his round here.)
"With that swing, he should have won more," has been the conventional wisdom with Love. Twenty victories, including a PGA Championship and two Players Championships, will one day land him in the Hall of Fame, but even Love must occasionally wonder if he let a few other titles go. He's 44 now. Time is short.
I will also continue to monitor the wacky world of Phil Mickelson, who shot 72 at Spyglass and stands seven shots out of the lead. (He tees off at 1 p.m. Eastern.)
"I had a chance to shoot a lower round, but a few things didn't go my way," Mickelson said. It was a familiar refrain for him in this young season. Mickelson has plenty of time to find his game before the major championship season begins, but I'm starting to wonder where his confidence is. Phil usually blitzes these golf courses on the West Coast, and so far it just isn't happening.
Finally, I'll be watching to see if Bill Lunde - a former Nationwide Tour player who once quit the game to work for a non-profit organization - can follow up his 67 with another round in the 60s.

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