ST SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- Davis Love III isn’t just the unofficial tournament host for the RSM (formerly McGladrey) Classic at Sea Island Resort this week, since he lives on Sea Island and the tournament has raised a ton of money for Love’s charity, the Davis Love Foundation.
Love is also playing host to a couple of tournament players who are staying in Love’s spacious estate. One is his son, Dru, who plays at the University of Alabama and won a shootout with some other ams to earn a spot in the tournament.
The other player is Justin Thomas, an Alabama alum who helped recruit Dru for the Crimson Tide and who just got his breakthrough PGA Tour win two weeks ago in Malaysia.
This week’s lodging isn’t going to hurt Justin’s chances of making the U.S. Ryder Cup team, which Love will captain.
“Justin winning in Malaysia was noticed,” Love said. “It got him an extra pillow on his bed this week.”
On top of that, the father-son Love tag-team was paired with Thomas for the first two rounds. The elder Love and Thomas made the cut, while Dru missed the weekend.
Thomas didn’t have a great third round Saturday, making bogeys on both par 5s and shooting 71 to finish at three under par. He’s not in contention, but he’s having a fun week, anyway.
“I got really bad breaks on the par 5s, I didn’t really play them that badly,” said Thomas, 22, after the third round. He is from Goshen Ky., and helped the Crimson Tide win a national championship.
“I was in a footprint in the sand area on 7, and I had the worst plugged lie at 15 that I’ve ever had in my life and they were both on 3-wood shots, which is crazy,” he said. “I love this place, I’ve just really played it badly. I just hope I can get a low one tomorrow and get a respectable finish.”
For the lowdown on what it’s really like to stay at the Love Hilton, which is a lot like Wayne Manor without the Bat Cave, I hit Thomas with the hard questions no one else had the guts to ask:
So how did your lodging come about this week?
Thomas: “This is the third year I’ve stayed there now.”
Wait, they actually invited you back?
JT: “Yeah, I know. I guess I’ve done something right.”
Did you hire a maid to clean up after yourself or something?
JT: “Uh, no. I don’t think they come to my part of the house. I’ve been fortunate. Davis is such a great guy. You can learn a lot from him. It was cool getting to play with him and Dru. I’m very, very lucky I get to be a house guest at their place.”
Davis said you got bumped into another bedroom this year.
JT: “Yeah, I stayed in Dru’s room the last two years, got bumped to his daughter Lexi’s room this year.”
What was Dru’s room like?
JT: “It was great. Every room in that house is great.”
I meant, how is it decorated? Can you tell it’s Dru’s room? Is there a poster of Bear Bryant or something on the wall?
JT: “No, no Bear Bryant. Dru likes hunting so he’s got some deer mountings on the wall. So if you’re not used to that, it can be a little freaky.”
So if you can wake up in the middle of the night in the dim light, you see a couple of beady eyes staring back at you?
JT: “Kind of. It took me a little bit to get used to.”
What is Lexi’s room like this year? Can you tell it’s a girl’s room?
JT: “It’s painted baby blue but there’s not a whole lot of other things to identify it. It’s not decorated like Dru’s with all the mounted deer heads, but it’s still a great room.”
Do you have a Breakfast Club going at the house?
JT: “No, I eat here at the course. I don’t spend a whole lot of time at the house. Just because I have a lot of ‘Bama teammates here this week and I’m hanging out with them and catching up. Davis is really busy this week with all the functions and everything so I haven’t spent a lot of time with him.”
What’s the coolest thing you’ve seen in the house?
JT: “All of the memorabilia Davis has. He’s got so much of it. There are pictures and trophies all around the house. He has a lot of his trophies in the basement, but the last time I was down there was two years ago, so I don’t remember that much. He’s got some funny pictures of him and Dru when Dru was younger, though.”
It must be like staying at home almost?
JT: “It’s a comfortable place to stay and I’m used to it. It’s great to know that if I’m in the area, I probably have a room to stay in.”
What is hanging out in the house like during tournament week?
JT: “We’ll sit in the theater room and watch TV, mainly. I had dinner with some guys on the team last night, and then a little party with them for 45 minutes. We had Dinner at Bubba Garcia’s. I got back about 9 o’clock, Davis was just sitting there eating and watching some TV, I watched for about ten minutes then went upstairs to bed.”
What show did you guys watch?
JT: “It was some gold-mining show. Davis loves it.”
So when you were at Bubba Garcia’s for dinner, was Bubba (Watson) or Sergio (Garcia) actually in the restaurant?
JT: [Laughs] “No. Neither one.”