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Love off to good start at Heritage

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (WTOC) -

Thursday was a breezy first round at the 46th RBC Heritage on Hilton Head Island.

Still - five-time Heritage champion Davis Love III is getting off to a good start - among the leaders with two birdies in his first four holes at the Harbour Town Golf Links.


Davis is playing here for the first time in three years after injuries kept him out of the last two Heritage events. So maybe this is muscle memory at work or local knowledge, but it might just be a sign that he can still play some pretty good golf.

Davis turned 50 on Sunday. So he is now eligible for the Champions Tour, although he said he would like to continue to focus on the regular tour for at least a few more seasons. He feels he can still compete against players less than half his age such as 20-year old Jordan Spieth who he is paired with Thursday.

He might play a handful of champions tour events and one he definitely would have played - where he would have made his senior debut - would have been next week in savannah. So, Love - who is from nearby Sea Island - is like a lot of people, who were sad to see the liberty mutual legends of golf leave town.

"It's really too bad because it was such a great event. The players loved it. Obviously, it's moved on and still there. But another home game would have been very nice, even closer to home. It would have been the closest, even closer than the players," Love said.

In addition to continuing his playing career - Davis is the host professional and one of the main organizers of the McGladrey Classic on Sea Island.

Davis said his tournament and the Heritage are trying to scoop up all the volunteers, fans and sponsors that were involved with the legends - at least temporarily until Savannah gets another event.

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