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Love leaves rivals in dust

Three eagles help build 10-point lead at The International

August 9, 2003

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— Davis Love III tied a PGA Tour record with three eagles Friday and doubled his lead after two rounds of The International.

Love, who was in front by five points after the opening round, had 17 points in the second round for a 36-hole total of 36 under the modified Stableford scoring system used in this event.

That was good for a 10-point lead over John Rollins, whose 15-point round gave him 26. Phil Mickelson was at 22.

Asked if he had ever had consecutive rounds like these, Love said, "I don't think so. These are two pretty incredible back-to-back rounds. Everything is going just right."

He eagled three -- each worth 5 points -- in his first 10 holes and threatened to run away with the tournament at Castle Pines Golf Club.

During his morning round, Love increased his lead to as many as 25 points, and when he finished his round he had a 17-point cushion.

"Davis is doing something unbelievable," said Sergio Garcia, who had 10 points. "We're pretty much playing for second at the moment."

Vijay Singh and journeyman Kent Jones each had 19 points. Charles Howell III and Bob Tway each had 18, and Retief Goosen had 17.

The scoring system gives players 8 points for a double eagle, 5 points for an eagle, 2 points for birdie, zero for par, minus-1 for bogey and minus-3 for double bogey or worse.

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