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Where will this lead?
All Love knows for sure is that he will be playing in the Houston Open next week, and then at Hilton Head a week later. The Masters? He would hate to miss it, although that's not a priority at the moment.
"It's always in the back of your mind -- or the front of your mind," Love said. "After a few weeks where I played kind of poorly ... I was just mentally kind of frazzled. I just said, 'You're going to have to just to play the ones you get in and do the best job you can and quit worrying about everything else.'"
Love has never won Palmer's tournament at Bay Hill, although he has come close. He finished a shot out of a playoff in 1999, then was runner-up to Tiger Woods a year later.
Woods is not playing Bay Hill, where he is the two-time defending champion, for the first time in his PGA Tour career. He will play, for the first time since his sex scandal, in two weeks at the Masters.
Holmes' fortunes also changed quickly, although this was only one hole. After a good tee shot, his ball was in a divot, causing him to send his pitching wedge to the top tier of the green. He rolled in a 40-foot birdie putt, added an eagle two holes later on the par-5 12th and made it around the revamped Bay Hill course without a bogey.
Mike Weir of Canada had a rare moment when he reached a par 5 from a fairway bunker at No. 12 to set up one of his eight birdies on his way to a 5-under 67, tied with Henrik Stenson of Sweden.
Ernie Els, playing for the first time since his victory at Doral, was in the group at 68 that included Robert Allenby, who was atop the leaderboard at 6 under until putting his approach into the water and making double bogey.
Steve Stricker had a 69, while Phil Mickelson and Innisbrook winner Jim Furyk were among those at 71.
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