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“The fun part about this week is that everyone is in a good mood,” Jeff Maggert said Wednesday. “They’re not complaining about how they’ve been playing.”

Love will play next week in the Humana Challenge, and is contemplating three straight weeks with the Phoenix Open, Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and perhaps Riviera. He is a two-time winner at Pebble Beach, one of his favorite events. He said tournament officials are working on giving him an Augusta National member as his amateur partner _ former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

He is eligible only for the PGA Championship as a past winner, but said he will try to qualify for the U.S. Open and British Open, just like his younger days.

“We did it when we were 20,” he said. “Why wouldn’t you do it now?”

This won’t be easy. Even if he still feels 39, he will be going up against players who are even younger than that. Dustin Johnson, 28, is coming off a season-opening win at Kapalua, making him the first player since Tiger Woods to win in six straight seasons after leaving college.

There are 23 rookies in the Sony Open, and five of them have never played a PGA Tour event.

Love already has 20 wins, making him a lifetime member of the PGA Tour. He would appear to be a lock for the World Golf Hall of Fame, especially after longtime friend Fred Couples _ with only 15 wins and one major _ was elected this year.

Can he keep winning? Love figures his opportunities are dwindling, but they are still there.

“If I get into that mode without a lot of distraction and if I’m prepared,” Love said. “That’s what makes Tiger so good. He’s ready every time he shows up. Now, coming out of the snow, I’m not quite ready. But the rest of the year, I’m going to be ready when I show up.”