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RBC Heritage Notebook, April 12: Stanley hopes to rediscover groove at home

info@islandpacket.comApril 12, 2012 

Bluffton resident Kyle Stanley referred to the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing as a home game, and said he will enjoy sleeping in his own bed.

The former Clemson standout revealed that off-the-course issues might have affected his game in the weeks following his victory in February's Waste Management Phoenix Open. He declined to elaborate, but said he thinks the issues might be resolved in time for a good week near home.

"Things don't happen overnight," Stanley said. "But I'm happy again. I think I went a month or so there where I wasn't having a lot of fun playing golf. I think the biggest thing is I just had to get back to the basics. I had to get back to the things that got me here. Maybe got a little distracted."

Stanley's best finish his past four events was a tie for 51st at the World Golf Championship-Cadillac Championship. He missed the cut this past week at his first Masters.

And he's trying to avoid a missed cut in his second Heritage while fighting an inconsistent short game.

"I just haven't been very comfortable on the greens," said Stanley, who won the Junior Heritage in 2005. "I'm probably thinking a little bit too much, overanalyzing some things.

"Just need to kind of get back to my instincts a bit."

Spurrier, Daly react to Petrino firing

South Carolina head football coach Steve Spurrier sounded off Wednesday on former Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino, who was fired as coach of the Razorbacks after an inappropriate relationship with recently hired employee Jessica Dorrell.

"It's a shame any time something happens to a coach," Spurrier said after the RBC Heritage pro-am. "It's amazing how often it happens now. It never used to happen in the old days.

"But we all have to be very careful, as we all know."

PGA Tour member John Daly, a former Razorback golfer, also sounded off on the removal of Petrino.

"It's probably better just to keep an interim (coach) for a while and go after somebody hard after the season," he said. "I don't know. I'm shocked like everybody else is."

Daly said he exchanged text messages with Petrino in the days following his motorcycle accident but had not yet spoken to him since his Tuesday firing. Daly said he told Petrino that "I'll always be your friend. I love you."

"I'm sad for the program, I'm sad for coach Petrino because we're good friends," he said. "I didn't know the whole story. I didn't know what was going on. I thought it was just a wreck, then I thought it was just a relationship.

"But I didn't know about the 20 grand or the stuff that went with it. It's just sad. I feel bad for everybody."

'Two Gloves' talks Heritage

Tommy Gainey knows the history surrounding the Heritage. He understands a victory this weekend would rewrite the record books, as a Palmetto State native has never captured the tartan jacket.

"It would be awesome to be the first South Carolinian to win this tournament," said Gainey, who hails from Darlington. "I'm trying not to think about that. I'm just trying to play my game, because it's starting to come around a little bit."

Gainey, nicknamed "Two Gloves," finished third at the Heritage last year and is anxious to take on the tournament again. He said he doesn't think Harbour Town fits any one person's game due to all the trees and moss that help make up the course.

" ... you just have to hit all kinds of shots," he said. "This is the only golf course that I've ever played that you can hit an absolute straight ball and have no shot whatsoever.

"You have to pull a Bubba Watson. Curve it 25 yards right to left or left to right."

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