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Spieth to honor commitment, compete in Heritage

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – Despite being in contention for four consecutive weeks and a two-day whirlwind media tour in New York City, Jordan Spieth will play this week’s RBC Heritage.

Spieth, who won the Masters on Sunday by four strokes, said on Monday’s “Late Show with David Letterman” that it was important to keep his commitment to the event at Harbour Town Golf Links because they had offered him a sponsor exemption in 2013 before he earned his PGA Tour card.

Spieth is the first player to win the Masters and play the next week in Hilton Head since Zach Johnson did it in 2007 and he’s the highest-ranked player, No. 2, to play the event since Luke Donald in 2012.

“Any time you have the Masters champion is unbelievable. He’s such a class act and to honor his commitment ... he has no idea how important that is to the community,” said Steve Wilmot, the RBC Heritage tournament director. “He appreciated the fact we had given him an exemption and it’s a wonderful gesture on his part.”

Although Spieth – who was excused from playing Wednesday’s pro-am but still plans to speak with the media – played well enough earlier in the year to not need the exemption Wilmot offered him in 2013, he’s played the tournament the last two years.

On Monday, Spieth had appearances on ESPN Radio, NBC Nightly News, Fox and the Letterman show. On Tuesday, the 21-year-old had stops with “Mike & Mike in the Morning”, “CBS This Morning”, NBC’s “Today”, CNBC’s “Squawk Box” and will be on “Golf Central” via satellite.