Monday after the Masters once again gave the Grand Strand national exposure thanks to one of the biggest celebrity golf events in the country. ESPN's Mike and Mike morning radio show got the day started followed by the celebrity long drive contest won by former NBA great Rick Barry.
Darius Rucker, a 2013 Grammy winner for Wagon Wheel, was excited to come back to the Barefoot Resort's Dye Course and reunite with his old band, Hootie and the Blowfish to raise money for their foundation and South Carolina Junior Golf. "It's such a big event," Rucker said. "It's now such a staple in South Carolina that if we tried to stop having it people would be mad."
Rucker is a huge sports fan and performed the national anthem at last week's NCAA basketball championship game between Kentucky and Connecticut. He says he hopes to one day performer the national anthem at Wrestlemania and the Super Bowl. He also was quick to brag on Gamecocks quarterback Connor Shaw who is awaiting next month's NFL Draft. Shaw played in his first Monday after the Masters and enjoyed spending time with Bishopville's Tommy Two Gloves Gainey. The signal caller said he was grateful that Rucker told him the story of Gainey going from a factory worker in Hartsville to a PGA Tour winner.
Dustin Johnson was all smiles playing in a group that included his brother and caddie Austin. Johnson missed the cut at the Masters for the first time in his career and says he'll take the next two weeks off to tune up his game for the rest of the 2014 season. The team led by Jim Furyk and Hootie and the Blowfish guitarist Mark Bryan won the tournament shooting -18 under par.