Jordan Spieth followed his disappointment at Sunday’s loss to Bubba Watson at Augusta with an opening round -3 under par at The RBC Heritage on Thursday. The 20 year-old Spieth is spending his first two rounds at Harbour Town playing alongside two veterans who have both experienced the highs and lows of life on the PGA Tour in Davis Love III and 2014 Ryder Cup Captain, Tom Watson.
Spieth played pretty well in the windy conditions on Thursday and starts the second round only two shots off the lead at -5 under par set by Matt Kuchar, William McGirt, and Scott Langley. You can be sure the pairing with the elders Watson and Love was no coincidence, as I’m sure that 2012 and 2014 The Ryder Cup Captains wanted a close look at a player he is going to need when he goes to Gleneagles in September.
“He spoke some words of wisdom to me, on and off the course,” Spieth said of Watson. “Obviously talking with him is priceless.
“Two legends of the game. I’m humbled to play with those guys and the success that they’ve had and the way they’ve handled things on and off the course. I only hope one day I can do it half as good as they have.”
Jordan indicated that the best medicine for the loss on Sunday was to get back to work, and back on the golf course. The best therapy for a Pro Golfer coming off a defeat like the youngster had on Sunday, is to get back on the horse and show him whose boss.
“I was anxious to get back out and play another competitive round of golf,” Spieth said. “So today was going to be kind of therapy, in a sense, from last week, to get back out and try to make some birdies.”
Both Davis Love III and Tom Watson hung in there with rising super-star during the first round. Love shot a -1 under par 70, but Watson blew up on the back nine after getting through the first 13 holes at one over par.
Tom put a double bogey on the par 3 14th hole and two more bogeys on the way to the clubhouse netted him a 75 on the day. Both were impressed with the youngster.
“Today wasn’t his best day, but he got out of the round with a darn good score on a tough golf course with some wind,” Watson said. “That’s what it takes.”