On Monday afternoon, I spoke to 2016 U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III about a number of different topics. One topic in particular that we spent several minutes on, was Masters champ Jordan Spieth.
Love relayed a story from four years ago when his son, Dru, a few months younger than Spieth, played a casual round with the 2015 Masters champion. Spieth and Dru Love were 17 at the time and Dru reported back to his father that Spieth was, "really, really good."
Love asked what Spieth shot. Dru told him they both shot a 66.
Love wondered then, what made Spieth so much better than Dru if they shot the same score. Paraphrasing, Dru told his father that while he was going to play golf in college, Spieth would be going to play golf on the PGA Tour.
Boy, did Dru get that one right.
Further in the conversation, Love said, "You know how you hear all this stuff about what a great guy Jordan is? How mature his is, etc.? You hear it a lot, right?"
I said, "Yes."
Love said, "Well let me tell you something, even though you hear it a lot, it's under-reported. He is just an unbelievable young man."
To further Love's point -- and to show that Spieth has had "it" for some time now -- The Dallas Morning News released a photo of the below handwritten thank-you note that Spieth sent in 2009, at the age of 15, to the family who funded the scholarship that helped pay his tuition.
— Barry Horn (@bhorn55) April 14, 2015
Pure class. I loved the mention of the Masters too. Little did Spieth know (or did he?) that just six short years later, he'd be slipping into a green jacket.
A week removed from one of the most stressful, grinding weeks of the year -- the Masters -- the PGA Tour collectively exhales for the perfect post-Masters getaway to relaxing, family-oriented Hilton Head, S.C., for the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town.
While players will no doubt be trying their best to claim a famous red plaid jacket for winning at Harbour Town, there will also be plenty to keep their minds away from the course once they're outside the ropes.
Here are five players to watch at Hilton Head.
5. Boo Weekley
Best finish in 2014-15 season: T6 at the Puerto Rico Open
Reason to watch: Weekley is a three-time PGA Tour winner. Two of those victories came at the 2007 and 2008 Heritage. He has played well there several times since. There's something about Harbour Town that just fits Weekley's eye. He loves it. With missed cuts in four of his last five starts, Weekley needs something positive to happen soon. It won't hurt to be playing at a place this week where he's so comfortable.
4. Jim Furyk
Best finish in 2014-15 season: T7 at AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
Reason to watch: Included in Furyk's impressive 16 PGA Tour victories is the 2010 Heritage. Until last week's missed cut at the Masters, Furyk hadn't missed a PGA Tour cut since the 2013 Open Championship, a span of 34 events. I look for this week to be of the bounce-back variety for Furyk. He just always seems to finish in or around the top 10 at the Heritage. This is the perfect place for him to play immediately after a missed cut.
3. Zach Johnson
Best finish in 2014-15 season: 7th at Hyundai Tournament of Champions
Reason to watch: After tinkering with a new putter a couple of weeks ago -- it wasn't pretty -- Johnson went back to the trusty SeeMore putter at Augusta National last week, the same one that won him the 2007 Masters. With a pair of 4-under 68s on the weekend, Johnson managed to tie for ninth, which also happened to be his first top-10 at the Masters since his victory. He found something, most importantly, confidence. He's pieced together three solid starts in succession now with T9s at Augusta and Bay Hill and a T20 at the Valero Texas Open. Johnson is trending in the right direction and I think that will continue this week at a place where he was runner-up in 2012.
2. Matt Kuchar
Best finish in 2014-15 season: T2 at Humana Challenge
Reason to watch: Kuchar has gone an almost unheard of (for him) six starts without a top-10 finish. That hasn't happened to Kuchar in a single season since May of 2009. Think about that for a minute. Let it sink in. That's off the charts golf. Because of that, I'm convinced that something's got to give. And why not this week at the RBC Heritage where Kuchar is the defending champion? Good place to end the "slump."
1. Jordan Spieth
Best finish in 2014-15 season: Won the Valspar Championship and the Masters
Reason to watch: OK... with his post-Masters media blitz, this might seem like a crazy pick, but I'm riding the hot hand in Spieth. His last four starts on the PGA Tour look like this: 1-2-P2 (playoff)-1. He's more confident than he's ever been in his life, which is understandable after his record-tying performance a week ago at Augusta National. Is he running on fumes? Probably. But, I love the fact that even with his Masters win -- a life-changing event -- Spieth still honored his commitment to Harbour Town. That speaks to his character. Again, I'm sure he's tired, but look at it this way -- he's just 21 years old. Late last year, he went to Australia, won the Australian Open, hopped a plan to Florida and demolished the field in the Hero World Challenge the very next week. Spieth can handle this.
Here's how my 10 to watch fared last week at the Masters:
10. Tiger Woods -- T17
9. Jimmy Walker -- T38
8. Patrick Reed -- T22
7. Dustin Johnson -- T6
6. Adam Scott -- T38
5. Henrik Stenson -- T19
4. Jason Day -- T28
3. Jordan Spieth -- Winner
2. Rory McIlroy -- Fourth
1. Bubba Watson -- T38