RBC Heritage

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RBC Heritage
Tournament information
Location Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Established 1969
Course(s) Harbour Town Golf Links
Par 71
Length 7,101 yards (6,493 m)[1]
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Format Stroke play
Prize fund $5.8 million
Month played April
Tournament record score
Aggregate 264 Brian Gay (2009)
To par −20 Brian Gay (2009)
Current champion
Northern Ireland Graeme McDowell

The RBC Heritage, known for much of its history as the Heritage Classic, is a PGA Tour FedEx Cup event, first played in 1969. The venue has been the Harbour Town Golf Links at the Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. 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.

From 1987 through 2010, it was sponsored either by MCI (under both the "MCI" and "WorldCom" names) or its eventual purchaser, Verizon. In 2011, the tournament operated without a title sponsor.[2] The Royal Bank of Canada will sponsor The Heritage from 2012 until 2016.[3] It is currently organized by The Heritage Classic Foundation.[4]

Course layout[edit]

Harbour Town Golf Links[1]

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Yards 410 502 469 200 540 419 195 473 332 3,540 451 436 430 373 192 588 434 185 472 3,561 7,101
Par 4 5 4 3 5 4 3 4 4 36 4 4 4 4 3 5 4 3 4 35 71

The Heritage Classic Foundation[edit]

The Heritage Classic Foundation, general sponsor of The Heritage, provides the financial stability, guidance, and direction to the tournament. After each tournament, the Foundation distributes revenue produced by the event to a wide variety of charitable organizations, universities, and medical institutions. In 2005, the Heritage Classic Foundation donated $1.55 million, bringing the total to close to $13 million since it was organized.

Invitational status[edit]

The Heritage is one of only five tournaments given "invitational" status by the PGA Tour,[5] 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 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, the Memorial Tournament, and the AT&T National. 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).

Playing history[edit]

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 one week after the Masters Tournament

Winners[edit]

Year Player Country Score To par 1st prize ($) Purse ($)
RBC Heritage
2014 1,044,000 5,800,000
2013 Graeme McDowell  Northern Ireland 275 −9 1,044,000 5,800,000
2012 Carl Pettersson  Sweden 270 −14 1,026,000 5,700,000
The Heritage
2011 Brandt Snedeker  United States 272 −12 1,026,000 5,700,000
Verizon Heritage
2010 Jim Furyk  United States 271 −13 1,026,000 5,700,000
2009 Brian Gay  United States 264 −20 1,026,000 5,700,000
2008 Boo Weekley (2)  United States 269 −15 990,000 5,500,000
2007 Boo Weekley  United States 270 −14 972,000 5,400,000
2006 Aaron Baddeley  Australia 269 −15 954,000 5,300,000
MCI Heritage
2005 Peter Lonard  Australia 277 −7 936,000 5,200,000
2004 Stewart Cink (2)  United States 274 −10 864,000 4,800,000
2003 Davis Love III (5)  United States 271 −13 810,000 4,500,000
WorldCom Classic - The Heritage of Golf
2002 Justin Leonard  United States 270 −14 720,000 4,000,000
2001 José Cóceres  Argentina 273 −11 630,000 3,500,000
MCI Classic
2000 Stewart Cink  United States 270 −14 540,000 3,000,000
1999 Glen Day  United States 274 −10 450,000 2,500,000
1998 Davis Love III (4)  United States 266 −18 342,000 1,900,000
1997 Nick Price  Zimbabwe 269 −15 270,000 1,500,000
1996 Loren Roberts  United States 265 −19 252,000 1,400,000
1995 Bob Tway  United States 275 −9 234,000 1,300,000
MCI Heritage Golf Classic
1994 Hale Irwin (3)  United States 266 −18 225,000 1,250,000
1993 David Edwards  United States 273 −11 202,500 1,125,000
1992 Davis Love III (3)  United States 269 −15 180,000 1,000,000
1991 Davis Love III (2)  United States 271 −13 180,000 1,000,000
1990 Payne Stewart (2)  United States 276 −8 180,000 1,000,000
1989 Payne Stewart  United States 268 −16 144,000 800,000
1988 Greg Norman  Australia 271 −13 126,000 700,000
1987 Davis Love III  United States 271 −13 117,000 650,000
Sea Pines Heritage
1986 Fuzzy Zoeller (2)  United States 276 −8 81,000 450,000
1985 Bernhard Langer  West Germany 273 −11 72,000 400,000
1984 Nick Faldo  England 270 −14 72,000 400,000
1983 Fuzzy Zoeller  United States 275 −9 63,000 350,000
1982 Tom Watson (2)  United States 280 −4 54,000 300,000
1981 Bill Rogers  United States 278 −6 54,000 300,000
1980 Doug Tewell  United States 280 −4 54,000 300,000
Sea Pines Heritage Classic
1979 Tom Watson  United States 270 −14 54,000 300,000
Heritage Classic
1978 Hubert Green (2)  United States 277 −7 45,000 225,000
1977 Graham Marsh  Australia 273 −11 45,000 225,000
Sea Pines Heritage Classic
1976 Hubert Green  United States 274 −10 43,000 215,000
1975 Jack Nicklaus  United States 271 −13 40,000 200,000
1974 Johnny Miller (2)  United States 276 −8 40,000 200,000
1973 Hale Irwin (2)  United States 272 −12 30,000 150,000
1972 Johnny Miller  United States 281 −4 25,000 125,000
1971 Hale Irwin  United States 279 −5 22,000 110,000
Heritage Golf Classic
1970 Bob Goalby  United States 280 −4 20,000 100,000
1969 Arnold Palmer  United States 283 −1 20,000 100,000

Note: Green highlight indicates scoring records.
Source[6][7]

Multiple winners[edit]

Nine men have won this tournament more than once through 2013.

Highlights[edit]

  • 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.[8]
  • 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.[11] Kenny Knox would subsequently break Archer's record at the 1989 MCI Heritage Golf Classic.[12]
  • 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 right.[14]
  • 1994: Hale Irwin collects his 20th overall and last PGA Tour win at Harbour Town. He wins by two shots over Greg Norman.[16]
  • 1998: Davis Love III becomes the first four-time Heritage winner. He wins by nine shots over Glen Day. Day would go on to win the 1999 Heritage.[17]
  • 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.[18]
  • 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 right and made double bogey.[19]
  • 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.[20]
  • 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.[21]
  • 2013: Ninety-one players make the 36-hole cut, tying a PGA Tour record. Jesper Parnevik bogeyed the 18th hole, giving Parnevik and twenty-one additional golfers entry into the third round.

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Coordinates: 32°08′10″N 80°48′36″W / 32.136°N 80.810°W / 32.136; -80.810