Love eager to return to high-altitude golf

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RENO, Nev. -- Davis Love III says he'd rather be playing this week in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio. 

That said, he's looking forward to his debut at the Reno-Tahoe Open this week, partly because it uses the same scoring system he rode to victory twice when the International was played at Castle Pines outside of Denver.

Love said Wednesday he's always been a fan of the modified Stableford format that puts a premium on eagles and birdies and makes a winner out of the man with the most points instead of the fewest strokes. 

Padraig Harrington, David Toms, Stuart Appleby and defending champ J.J. Henry also are in the field that begins play Thursday on the edge of the Sierra Nevada. 

Defending champion J.J. Henry knows that calculating how far the ball travels at high elevation was one of the keys to his victory last year. 

He got a greater appreciation for the altitude when his rental car broke down this week on the narrow, winding mountain highway that travels over an 8,900-foot pass between Lake Tahoe and the Montreux Golf & Country Club. 

"Unfortunately, the car clunked out on us right on the side of Mount Rose," said Henry, who claimed his second career PGA Tour victory at the 7,472-yard mountain course. 

"We could have picked a better place to break down," he told reporters. "It was kind of an adventurous hour and a half on the side of Mount Rose." 

Tournament officials dispatched another car to pick up Henry and his friend near the entrance to the Mount Rose ski resort. 

"Nothing like rental car trouble at 8500 ft!" Henry tweeted his followers complete with a photo of his car and barren ski runs in the background. "Thanks @Reno-Tahoe Open for coming to the rescue." 

"It's a great golf course," Henry said. "A lot of risk-reward, reachable par 5s, drivable par 4s based on the tees and the wind direction. It's one of the most picturesque and one of the most exciting."

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