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Davis Love chasing Tiger Woods again

Davis Love made a pact with his 11-year-old daughter so he could be free for the World Golf Championship at Valderrama starting on Thursday.

The deal between father and child was that if he came to Spain instead of watching her horse riding in a competition, she could go with him to a Hawaii tournament next year.

The 35-year-old world number four finished second to world number one Tiger Woods at the U.S. Tour Championship in Houston on Sunday and is keen to go one better here.

Even so, he was still uncertain about coming to Valderrama because of fatigue and a lingering neck problem.

He went home to Georgia and spent time with his family. "And I had my swing checked out and my neck checked out and they were okay and I decided yesterday to come over here."

Love arrived at Valderrama around midday on Wednesday and planned an afternoon round before starting the $5million event in the company of world number three Colin Montgomerie on Thursday.

"I'll be fine. I slept well on the plane," he said.

"A couple of days with my kids at home and reading in the paper about finishing second to Tiger -- it was kind of a blur while I was there -- made me feel better about coming.

"If it had been straight from Houston on Sunday night, it was very questionable. But when I got home and got organised, I felt better about it."

Love's conflict of interest centred on his daughter Alexia, a keen horse show rider with a competition this week.

"It's a big deal for her. But she also understands what second place meant last week and what playing well means.

"She understands what finishing second to Tiger Woods means and wanting to try to beat him here.

"She's a pretty level-handed little kid. She knows I can't help her with her horseback riding and she can't help me with my golf, so we might as well go out and do our jobs."

Although he did not realise it at the time, Love said he probably lost last week because of his play on the final nine holes on Thursday and Saturday when they played 27 holes each day so they could go to Payne Stewart's funeral in Florida on Friday.

He was two over for those 18 holes, 13 under for the other 54 as he lost to Woods by four shots.

"I think we were all dragging a little bit. It was a sombre mood and a strange feeling to play 27 holes, take a day off and then play 27 again with two flights in the middle," he said.