It was a big day for Mark Anderson to be sure, but the moment was far from too big for the Beaufort native. “You know, I'm nervous every first tee of every tournament. So it wasn't any more, any less. But I did want to play well for the hometown crowd.”
A par saving putt on number ten Thursday was certainly no gimmie. It was good enough to keep Anderson at even par for the afternoon and confident going into the next couple of days. “Just keep playing consistently. If you shoot around Even or 1 or 2 under par every day here, you in really good shape.” Says Anderson.
Arguably the most popular group of the afternoon had three generations of big names represented. The legendary Tom Watson, local favorite Sea Island's Davis Love the Third and twenty year old phenom Jordan Spieth who had a shot at winning The Masters last week and was 2 under 69 Thursday. Which was good enough to tie for fifth after one day, Jordan's first day back after a few days off following The Masters. “To get back out there,” he says “after falling short on Sunday, just to make a couple of birdies in these conditions and play a solid round of golf. It gives me a lot of confidence, gets me back on my feet.” He added.
Davis Love, meantime, a 5 time winner here at Harbortown had his moments, but a par put on 18 was crticial. After settling for bogey, Love dropped him from a tie for 5th into a tie for 20th at 1 under par. “I missed a couple of putts, made a couple of putts. All in all a decent day.” He said. “Not what I was looking for.”
Only one round in the books, no reason for anyone to panic.