Love, the host of this week’s RSM Classic, even tried to mitigate Dru’s nerves by getting officials to pair the two for Rounds 1 and 2, but it turns out it was the veteran who had to deal with the emotions of the moment more so than the newcomer.
“I was nervous he would get off to a bad start and have a bad day because he’s volatile, he can shoot 62 or 82, like his dad,” Love said.
Both Loves birdied the first hole on the Seaside Course and finished their days with even-par 70s.
“I almost asked him a couple of times, ‘What did you hit?’ It was like a team tournament,” said Love, who had been paired with Dru in the two-man Father/Son Challenge before. “I thought he was really composed and made a lot of good swings.”
Dru Love recorded two birdies and two bogeys paired with his father and Justin Thomas, who he played college golf with at the University of Alabama, and was tied for 111th place.
“I just love being out here. It's a great experience and I’m just trying to have fun,” Dru Love said.