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Davis Love III feels its his turn to win again

Davis Love III has not won a title on the 2004 PGA Tour but feels his game is good enough for him to triumph at this week's U.S. PGA Championship.

The 40-year-old American, the 1997 U.S. PGA champion at Winged Foot, has produced seven top-10 finishes this season, including a tie for fifth at last month's British Open.

"I've been playing consistent, except for maybe three or four weeks, and I've been hanging around the top 10," the big-hitting Love told a news conference at Whistling Straits on Wednesday.

"I feel if I get in a rhythm this week and not get impatient, which is hard to do in a major and it's going to be real hard this week, I think I could stay around till the end.

"I feel good about my swing, I feel good about my game. I've been playing some good rounds. I just need to put four good ones together."

World number five Love, one of the game's best players for more than a decade, began this year with five top-10s in eight starts, but lost momentum after tying for sixth at the U.S. Masters in April.

He missed the cut at the U.S. Open in June but hit back with a tie for seventh at the Western Open.

He then surged into last-day contention in the British Open at Royal Troon, where he holed his approach at the last for an eagle-two and a closing 67.

"I've been close," he said. "I had some tournaments that I thought I could win and had guys play well, like Todd Hamilton birdying the last two holes (at the British Open). I thought I would at least get a playoff out of it.

"And I played pretty good against everybody at the (WGC-Accenture) Match Play, but Tiger (Woods) made a few birdies and got me there."

Love, who will make his 18th U.S. PGA Championship start in Thursday's opening round, is impressed by the 7,514-yard Straits Course, the longest venue to stage a major.

"Whistling Straits is a big, hard, long golf course. It's beautiful," he said.

"If I had to predict, the winner this week would be somebody with a lot of experience and somebody that's been around a lot of big tournaments and also has the total package, hitting the ball solid.

"You don't have to hit it long but you have to hit it solidly in this wind. You have to be a pretty good shot-maker and then you're going to have to chip and putt and scramble really well.

"That's why majors are hard to win. You have to do it all."

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