Davis Love III abandoned his quest to make his own Ryder Cup team months ago. His thirst to win again on the PGA Tour, however, was not quenched.
The American Ryder Cup captain trails likely European opponent Sergio Garcia by three shots heading into the final round of the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C.
Love shot a second consecutive 66 to get into position with an 11-under total. The 48-year-0ld, however, rues a pair of double bogeys this week that, if avoided, would have him in the lead.
"I'm just killing myself on some easy holes and you can't do that," he said. "I've made two doubles and I've played 15 1-over. Other than that I played really well."
The North Carolina native has enjoyed four top-20 finishes this season on Tour, including a T-3 at Memphis he let slip into Dustin Johnson's hands. Love appreciates being in position to win for a second time in three months, in search of his 21st PGA Tour victory and first since the final event of 2008.
"I've had some good tournaments this year and I felt like I've been real close," Love said. "I would like to be a couple shots closer but, you know, anybody has got a chance on this golf course as good as a condition it's in."
If Love wins on Sunday, he still would not slot himself onto the playing dozen heading to Medinah next month. But, if the Ryder Cup points list was still being maintained, Love would crack the top 25 in the standings.