RBC Heritage

Heritage Notebook: Spieth forms power trio with Watson, Love

sports@islandpacket.comApril 16, 2014 

Golfer Tom Watson speaks to members of the media April 16, 2014, a day before RBC Heritage tournament play at Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island.

DAVID LAUDERDALE — Staff photo

The wunderkind, the legend and the champion make up the best grouping for Thursday and Friday at the RBC Heritage presented by Boeing.

Twenty-year-old Jordan Spieth, who tied for second at the Masters last week, Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson and five-time Heritage champion Davis Love III tee off at 12:40 p.m. Thursday on No. 1 tee and 8:10 a.m. off No. 10 on Friday.

Other notable groups include Matt Kuchar, Ernie Els and Hunter Mahan, and Brandt Snedeker, Bill Haas and Graeme McDowell.

Beaufort's Mark Anderson tees off at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at No. 1 with Andrew Loupe and 2013 Players Amateur champion Hunter Stewart. Bluffton's Kyle Stanley tees off at 1 p.m. with Tim Clark and Mike Weir.

Spieth, ranked No. 9 in the world, finished tied for ninth last year in his first appearance here.

Watson won the Heritage in 1979 and 1982. He is making his 24th appearance here, but his first since missing the cut in 2001.

Love made 26 consecutive appearances here from 1986 to 2011. He has 11 top-10 finishes at the Heritage.

Nick Faldo, making his first PGA Tour start since 2006, tees off at No. 10 at 8:40 a.m. Thursday. He is playing with Trevor Immelman and Stephen Ames.

Faldo and Watson are members of the World Golf Hall of Fame.

'Dogs in the hunt

There are seven former Georgia Bulldogs in the field -- Erik Compton, Brian Harman, Brendan Todd, Kevin Kisner, Harris English, Russell Henley and Chris Kirk.

Todd, Kisner and Kirk were teammates on the 2005 national champion team.

The contingent is enjoying a successful season.

English won the OHL Classic in November, part of the PGA Tour's new wraparound schedule, and is fifth in the FedEx Cup standings.

Kirk won the McGladrey Classic in November, finished second at the Sony Open in January and is seventh in the FedEx Cup race.

Henley won the Honda Classic in March.

Harman finished tied for third earlier this year at the Northern Trust Open.

Players Amateur announcement coming

RBC Heritage tournament director Steve Wilmot and PGA Tour pro Cameron Tringale will make an announcement regarding the annual Players Amateur tournament during a news conference at the Harbour Town Golf Links driving range on Wednesday. The announcement was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but had to be postponed due to rain.

No further details were released about the nature of the announcement.

The Players Am, held since 2000, is a prestigious amateur tournament hosted by Berkeley Hall Golf Club. Former Players Am winners competing in this week's Heritage are Ben Curtis, Bill Haas, Camilo Villegas and Beaufort's Mark Anderson.

Chips and putts

The Coca-Cola Youth Day putting contest schedule Tuesday afternoon was rained out and will not be rescheduled. ... In 22 PGA Tour events this season, only U.S.-born players (18) and Aussies (4) have claimed titles. ... Patrick Reed is the only player in the field with multiple wins this season (Humana Challenge, Cadillac Championship).

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