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The RBC Heritage, known for much of its history as the Heritage Classic or simply the Heritage, is a PGA Tour event in South Carolina, first played 50 years ago in 1969.[2] It is currently played in mid-April, the week after The Masters in Augusta, Georgia.

RBC Heritage
RBC Heritage logo.png
LocationHilton Head Island,
South Carolina
Established1969, 50 years ago
Course(s)Harbour Town Golf Links
Par71
Length7,099 yards (6,491 m)[1]
Tour(s)PGA Tour
FormatStroke play
Prize fund$6.9 million
Month playedApril
Aggregate264 Brian Gay (2009)
To par−20 Brian Gay (2009)
Taiwan Pan Cheng-tsung
Hilton Head  is located in the United States
Hilton Head 
Hilton Head 
Location in the United States
Hilton Head  is located in South Carolina
Hilton Head 
Hilton Head 
Location in South Carolina

The venue for its entire existence has been the Harbour Town Golf Links at the Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island. The Harbour Town course, which frequently appears on several "Best Courses" lists, was designed by famed golf course architect Pete Dye, with assistance from Jack Nicklaus. In 1972, the first two rounds were played on both the Harbour Town Golf Links and the Ocean course at Sea Pines, with the final two rounds at Harbour Town.

Originally played in late November,[3] it moved to mid-September in 1973, March in 1974, and April in 1983. The inaugural champion in 1969 was forty-year-old Arnold Palmer, his first win in over a year.[2][3] Course co-designer Nicklaus won in 1975,[4] two weeks before his fifth Masters win. Davis Love III leads with five victories in the event, Hale Irwin has three, and eight others have won twice.

From 1987 through 2010, it was sponsored either by MCI (under both the "MCI" and "WorldCom" names) or its eventual purchaser, Verizon. The tournament operated without a title sponsor in 2011,[5] and the Royal Bank of Canada has been the title sponsor of The Heritage since 2012.[6] It is currently organized by The Heritage Classic Foundation.[7]

CourseEdit

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Yards 410 502 469 200 549 419 195 473 332 3,549 451 436 430 373 192 588 434 174 472 3,550 7,099
Par 4 5 4 3 5 4 3 4 4 36 4 4 4 4 3 5 4 3 4 35 71

Source:[1]

  • The course length at the inaugural event in 1969 was 6,655 yards (6,085 m).[3]

Invitational statusEdit

The Heritage is one of only five tournaments given "invitational" status by the PGA Tour,[8] and consequently it has a reduced field of only 132 players (as opposed to most full-field open tournaments with a field of 156 players). The other four tournaments with invitational status are the Arnold Palmer Invitational, the Charles Schwab Challenge, the Memorial Tournament, and the Genesis Invitational. Invitational tournaments have smaller fields (between 120 and 132 players), and have more freedom than full-field open tournaments in determining which players are eligible to participate in their event, as invitational tournaments are not required to fill their fields using the PGA Tour Priority Ranking System. Furthermore, unlike full-field open tournaments, invitational tournaments do not offer open qualifying (aka Monday qualifying).

FieldEdit

The field consists of 132 players invited using the following criteria:[9]

  1. RBC Heritage winners prior to 2000 and in the last five years
  2. U.S. Open or PGA Championship winners prior to 2005 playing 15 events in prior year
  3. The Players Championship and major championship winners in the last five years
  4. The Tour Championship and World Golf Championships winners in the past three years
  5. Winners of the Arnold Palmer Invitational and Memorial Tournament in the past three years
  6. Prior year U.S. Amateur winner (if still amateur)
  7. Winner FedEx Cup in the last five years
  8. Playing member of last named U.S. Ryder Cup team; current PGA Tour members who were playing members on last named European Ryder Cup team, U.S. Presidents Cup team, and International Presidents Cup team
  9. Top 50 Official World Golf Ranking through two weeks prior to the commitment deadline
  10. 8 sponsors exemptions – 2 from Web.com Tour finals, 2 members not otherwise exempt, and 4 unrestricted
  11. Commissioner exemption - 2 foreign players
  12. PGA Section (Carolinas) champion/player of the year
  13. Career Money Exemption
  14. Life members
  15. Top 125 from prior year's FedEx Cup points list, including top 125 (medical)
  16. Members in the top 125 non-member category whose non-WGC points equal or exceed the points by the player finishing in 125th on the prior year FedEx Cup points list
  17. Tournament winners (PGA Tour eligibility category 10)[10]
  18. Top 20 on current FedEx Cup points list through Friday prior to the tournament
  19. Next five available players not otherwise eligible from current year's FedEx Cup points list
  20. Remaining positions filled using standard PGA Tour eligibility ranking after top 125 non-member category

Playing historyEdit

The tournament has been played in the month of

  • November (1969–72)
  • September (1973)
  • March (1974–82) - usually two weeks before the Masters Tournament
  • April (1983–present) - usually the week after the Masters Tournament

WinnersEdit

Year Player Country Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up Winner's
share ($)
Purse ($)
RBC Heritage
2019 Pan Cheng-tsung   Taiwan 272 −12 1 stroke   Matt Kuchar 1,242,000 6,900,000
2018 Satoshi Kodaira   Japan 272 −12 Playoff   Kim Si-woo 1,206,000 6,700,000
2017 Wesley Bryan   United States 271 −13 1 stroke   Luke Donald 1,170,000 6,500,000
2016 Branden Grace   South Africa 275 −9 2 strokes   Luke Donald
  Russell Knox
1,062,000 5,900,000
2015 Jim Furyk (2)   United States 266 −18 Playoff   Kevin Kisner 1,062,000 5,900,000
2014 Matt Kuchar   United States 273 −11 1 stroke   Luke Donald 1,044,000 5,800,000
2013 Graeme McDowell   Northern Ireland 275 −9 Playoff   Webb Simpson 1,044,000 5,800,000
2012 Carl Pettersson   Sweden 270 −14 5 strokes   Zach Johnson 1,026,000 5,700,000
The Heritage
2011 Brandt Snedeker   United States 272 −12 Playoff   Luke Donald 1,026,000 5,700,000
Verizon Heritage
2010 Jim Furyk   United States 271 −13 Playoff   Brian Davis 1,026,000 5,700,000
2009 Brian Gay   United States 264 −20 10 strokes   Briny Baird
  Luke Donald
1,026,000 5,700,000
2008 Boo Weekley (2)   United States 269 −15 3 strokes   Aaron Baddeley
  Anthony Kim
990,000 5,500,000
2007 Boo Weekley   United States 270 −14 1 stroke   Ernie Els 972,000 5,400,000
2006 Aaron Baddeley   Australia 269 −15 1 stroke   Jim Furyk 954,000 5,300,000
MCI Heritage
2005 Peter Lonard   Australia 277 −7 2 strokes   Billy Andrade
  Darren Clarke
  Jim Furyk
  Davis Love III
936,000 5,200,000
2004 Stewart Cink (2)   United States 274 −10 Playoff   Ted Purdy 864,000 4,800,000
2003 Davis Love III (5)   United States 271 −13 Playoff   Woody Austin 810,000 4,500,000
WorldCom Classic - The Heritage of Golf
2002 Justin Leonard   United States 270 −14 1 stroke   Heath Slocum 720,000 4,000,000
2001 José Cóceres   Argentina 273 −11 Playoff   Billy Mayfair 630,000 3,500,000
MCI Classic
2000 Stewart Cink   United States 270 −14 2 strokes   Tom Lehman 540,000 3,000,000
1999 Glen Day   United States 274 −10 Playoff   Jeff Sluman
  Payne Stewart
450,000 2,500,000
1998 Davis Love III (4)   United States 266 −18 7 strokes   Glen Day 342,000 1,900,000
1997 Nick Price   Zimbabwe 269 −15 6 strokes   Brad Faxon
  Jesper Parnevik
270,000 1,500,000
1996 Loren Roberts   United States 265 −19 3 strokes   Mark O'Meara 252,000 1,400,000
1995 Bob Tway   United States 275 −9 Playoff   David Frost
  Nolan Henke
234,000 1,300,000
MCI Heritage Golf Classic
1994 Hale Irwin (3)   United States 266 −18 2 strokes   Greg Norman 225,000 1,250,000
1993 David Edwards   United States 273 −11 2 strokes   David Frost 202,500 1,125,000
1992 Davis Love III (3)   United States 269 −15 4 strokes   Chip Beck 180,000 1,000,000
1991 Davis Love III (2)   United States 271 −13 2 strokes   Ian Baker-Finch 180,000 1,000,000
1990 Payne Stewart (2)   United States 276 −8 Playoff   Steve Jones
  Larry Mize
180,000 1,000,000
1989 Payne Stewart   United States 268 −16 5 strokes   Kenny Perry 144,000 800,000
1988 Greg Norman   Australia 271 −13 1 stroke   David Frost
  Gil Morgan
126,000 700,000
1987 Davis Love III   United States 271 −13 1 stroke   Steve Jones 117,000 650,000
Sea Pines Heritage
1986 Fuzzy Zoeller (2)   United States 276 −8 1 stroke   Chip Beck
  Roger Maltbie
  Greg Norman
81,000 450,000
1985 Bernhard Langer   West Germany 273 −11 Playoff   Bobby Wadkins 72,000 400,000
1984 Nick Faldo   England 270 −14 1 stroke   Tom Kite 72,000 400,000
1983 Fuzzy Zoeller   United States 275 −9 2 strokes   Jim Nelford 63,000 350,000
1982 Tom Watson (2)   United States 280 −4 Playoff   Frank Conner 54,000 300,000
1981 Bill Rogers   United States 278 −6 1 stroke   Bruce Devlin
  Hale Irwin
  Gil Morgan
  Craig Stadler
54,000 300,000
1980 Doug Tewell   United States 280 −4 Playoff   Jerry Pate 54,000 300,000
Sea Pines Heritage Classic
1979 Tom Watson   United States 270 −14 5 strokes   Ed Sneed 54,000 300,000
Heritage Classic
1978 Hubert Green (2)   United States 277 −7 3 strokes   Hale Irwin 45,000 225,000
1977 Graham Marsh   Australia 273 −11 3 strokes   Ben Crenshaw
  Tom Watson
45,000 225,000
Sea Pines Heritage Classic
1976 Hubert Green   United States 274 −10 5 strokes   Jerry McGee 43,000 215,000
1975 Jack Nicklaus   United States 271 −13 3 strokes   Tom Weiskopf 40,000 200,000
1974 Johnny Miller (2)   United States 276 −8 3 strokes   Gibby Gilbert 40,000 200,000
1973 Hale Irwin (2)   United States 272 −12 5 strokes   Jerry Heard
  Grier Jones
30,000 150,000
1972 Johnny Miller   United States 281 −3 1 stroke   Tom Weiskopf 25,000 125,000
1971 Hale Irwin   United States 279 −5 1 stroke   Bob Lunn 22,000 110,000
Heritage Golf Classic
1970 Bob Goalby   United States 280 −4 4 strokes   Lanny Wadkins 20,000 100,000
1969 Arnold Palmer   United States 283 −1 3 strokes   Dick Crawford
  Bert Yancey
20,000 100,000

Note: Green highlight indicates scoring records.
Source[11][12]

Multiple winnersEdit

Ten men have won this tournament more than once through 2018.

HighlightsEdit

  • 1969: Arnold Palmer wins the inaugural edition of the tournament. His finishing score of 283 is still the highest for a winner in the tournament's history.[13]
  • 1971: Future three-time U.S. Open Champion, Hale Irwin, makes Heritage his first ever PGA Tour victory. He beats Bob Lunn by one shot.[14]
  • 1976: Hubert Green wins by five shots over Jerry McGee. It was Green's third consecutive win in as many weeks.[15]
  • 1980: George Archer sets a PGA Tour record for fewest putts in a 72-hole tournament, 94. The previous mark was 99 set by Bob Menne.[16] Kenny Knox would subsequently break Archer's record at the 1989 MCI Heritage Golf Classic.[17]
  • 1984: Nick Faldo wins his first PGA Tour event by one shot over Tom Kite. He is the first Englishman to win on United States soil since Tony Jacklin at the 1972 Greater Jacksonville Open.[18]
  • 1987: Davis Love III wins by one shot over Steve Jones. Jones had come to the 72nd hole leading by one but made a double bogey after his tee shot went out of bounds.[19]
  • 1990: Payne Stewart becomes the first Heritage champion to successfully defend his title. He beats Larry Mize and Steve Jones in a sudden death playoff.[20]
  • 1994: Hale Irwin collects his 20th overall and last PGA Tour win at Harbour Town. He wins by two shots over Greg Norman.[21]
  • 1998: Davis Love III becomes the first four-time Heritage winner. He wins by seven shots over Glen Day. Day would avenge his loss the next season for his only PGA Tour win.[22]
  • 2003: Davis Love III wins his fifth Heritage by defeating Woody Austin in a sudden death playoff. To get in the playoff, Love chipped in from off the green at the 72nd hole.[23]
  • 2005: Peter Lonard wins by two shots over Darren Clarke, Jim Furyk, Billy Andrade, and Davis Love III. Clarke was tied for the lead when teeing off on the 72nd hole, but like Steve Jones did in 1987, he hit his tee shot out of bounds and made double bogey.[24] David Frost breaks Mark Calcavecchia's record of 93 putts in a 72-hole tournament by hitting only 92 putts.[25]
  • 2007 Boo Weekley chips in on the last two holes for his first ever PGA Tour victory. He wins by one shot over Ernie Els.[26]
  • 2010: Jim Furyk defeats Brian Davis in a sudden death playoff. On the first playoff hole, Davis calls a two-shot penalty on himself after he touched a loose impediment in a hazard with his golf club.[27]
  • 2013: Ninety-one players make the 36-hole cut, tying a PGA Tour record set at the 1981 Greater Hartford Open. Jesper Parnevik bogeyed the 18th hole, giving Parnevik and twenty-one additional golfers entry into the third round.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Course: RBC Heritage". PGA Tour. Retrieved April 16, 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Arnie wins 1st tourney in 15 months". Chicago Tribune. UPI. December 1, 1969. p. 4, sec. 3.
  3. ^ a b c "Comeback of the year: Palmer ends long slump". St. Petersburg Times. (Florida). Associated Press. December 1, 1969. p. 1C.
  4. ^ "Nicklaus gets into swing; wins Heritage by three". Chicago Tribune. wire services. March 31, 1975. p. 1, sec. 4.
  5. ^ "2011 PGA Tour schedule" (Press release). PGA Tour. December 2, 2010. Retrieved April 17, 2013.
  6. ^ "RBC named as new title sponsor of Heritage". PGA Tour. June 16, 2011. Retrieved April 17, 2013.
  7. ^ The Heritage Classic Foundation - Overview Archived 2013-10-10 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "Did you know?: True tales from the RBC Heritage". March 27, 2013. Retrieved April 17, 2013.
  9. ^ "2015–16 PGA Tour Player Handbook & Tournament Regulations" (PDF). October 5, 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 12, 2016.
  10. ^ "2015-2016 PGA Tour Eligibility Ranking". Retrieved 2 April 2016.
  11. ^ RBC Heritage – Winners – at pgatour.com
  12. ^ RBC Heritage – Winners – at golfobserver.com
  13. ^ Arnold Palmer wins Heritage Golf Classic
  14. ^ Hale Irwin Takes Heritage With Record Five Under Par
  15. ^ Green Makes Heritage Third Straight
  16. ^ Tewell, Pate, meet again
  17. ^ There's lots of gain for Payne as he wins Heritage Classic
  18. ^ Faldo rises to Kite's challenge to win
  19. ^ Jones out of bounds-Love steps in
  20. ^ 30-foot putt lifts Stewart in Heritage
  21. ^ Late charge gives Irwin Heritage win
  22. ^ Heritage winner surprises everyone
  23. ^ Love affair: Davis wins 5th Heritage
  24. ^ Peter Lonard Beats Clarke on Final Hole for Heritage Golf Title
  25. ^ Kelley, Brent. "Fewest Putts in a PGA Tour Tournament". About.com. Retrieved January 16, 2015.
  26. ^ Weekley Wins the Heritage
  27. ^ Jim Furyk hails Brian Davis' sportsmanship at Verizon Heritage

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