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Davis Love III won't play again till the Open

The tingling in his arms, the byproduct of a painful bulging disc in his neck, has nearly subsided. But Davis Love III doesn't quite have a feel for when he will return to golf on a regular basis.

After an eight-week layoff, Love made a game play for the 101st U.S. Open title before finishing tied for seventh Sunday at Southern Hills Country Club. Love, 37, of Sea Island, Ga., compiled rounds of 72-69-71-70 for a 2-over-par total of 282.

Love, who tied for seventh in his last start at Worldcom Classic in mid-April, said he wouldn't play again until the British Open July 19-22 at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, England.

"I need to give it another couple of weeks to calm down," said Love, who first noticed the problem during the west coast swing, but played through pain, numbness in his arms and fingers and constant headaches before shutting down his game.

"This was the week in my injury cycle where I should have been starting to work out, but here I come and play. I kind of set myself back a week or two, but I had to come and play.

"Now I'll take a little more time before doing light exercises and I'll start to build my way back up."

Love won the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in February by rallying from a seven-stroke deficit with a final-round 63. It was his first official victory since the 1998 Worldcom Classic which he has won at Harbour Town Golf Links four times. He has five other top-10 finishes this year, including a playoff loss at the Buick Invitational, which suggested he was back on form.

"I think this is the course I need to take right now; this is my best option," he said.

"I was OK hitting out of the fairways to the greens, but when I got in the first cut of rough I couldn't hit some shots," he said. "I couldn't hit the big, high power cut. I didn't have the strength to hit it out of the rough. I'm pretty proud of how well I did, given how little preparation I had."

"I didn't have the symptoms where when I hit the ball, a shot ran up my arms," he said. "I didn't hurt myself, which was good. I'm happy. I didn't have any major problems. I played pretty well. I'm at about 90 percent. Give me a couple more weeks and I'll be OK."

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