Five days on from Europe's spectacular victory at Medinah, where they turned around a 10-6 deficit by dominating the singles matches, US captain Love is playing again, and proving competitive at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas.
A second-round 67 lifted him to seven-under-par 135, seven shots behind co-leaders Jonas Blixt and Brendon de Jonge but just about in the mix heading into the weekend.
It is the events of last weekend which continue to dog Love though, the 48-year-old still wondering what he might have done differently to arrive at the desired outcome rather than the eventual crushing disappointment.
"It's good to get back to playing," he said. "It distracts me for four, five hours a day from thinking about last week.
"I've got a lot of great memories from last week, and when I get by myself I start second-guessing and start wishing that we would done something a little different and could've got those guys a win."
Asked how long his mind would stay on the topic, Love said: "A long time. I don't think it'll ever go away.
"It was a great (United States) team. They played great. They had some bad breaks on Sunday and some guys holed some putts on 'em and turned it over.
"You can't take away from a great week, but winning is what it's all about and we didn't win it."
Love will have to go some to make a charge for victory this weekend, with the low-scoring theme of the opening two rounds likely to continue.
Swede Blixt recorded a second successive seven-under 64 and admitted victory would mean everything. He is in his first year on the PGA Tour, and has a best finish of third at the Byron Nelson Championship.
"This is what we practice for and dream about," he said. "It would be a boost in my career as well.
"I might get into some more tournaments."
While De Jonge followed his opening 62 with a 66 to join Blixt at the top, Ryan Moore added to his course record of 61 in the opening round with a solid 68 to stand third on 13 under.
Moore, a graduate of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, has had three straight top-10 finishes and was third at the Tour Championship a fortnight ago.
Explaining his upturn in form, the 30-year-old said: "I've been happy just because I've been playing Ryan Moore golf. I haven't been trying to do anything too special. I'm not trying to go out and bomb it around the golf course.
"I have a certain way I have to approach this game. I've embraced that over the last month, month and a half. Just going out there and giving myself opportunities. I know if I have enough opportunities throughout a round I'm going to put together a pretty good score.
"I think that's given me some confidence to just go play golf and not try to do anything too special."
Two shots behind Moore lurk Tim Herron, after a 68, and Daniel Summerhays, whose eight-under 63 was matched by John Daly, one of five including Vijay Singh and Nick Watney tied for sixth on 10 under.
Scotland's Russell Knox leads the British challenge on nine under after a 66, with a pair of 68s from Gary Christian putting the Englishman on six under, a shot behind Love.