|Location||Hilton Head Island,|
|Established||1969, 50 years ago|
|Course(s)||Harbour Town Golf Links|
|Length||7,099 yards (6,491 m)|
|Prize fund||$6.9 million|
|Tournament record score|
|Aggregate||264 Brian Gay (2009)|
|To par||−20 Brian Gay (2009)|
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. It is currently played in mid-April, the week after The Masters in Augusta, Georgia.
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, 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. Course co-designer Nicklaus won in 1975, 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, and the Royal Bank of Canada has been the title sponsor of The Heritage since 2012. It is currently organized by The Heritage Classic Foundation.
- The course length at the inaugural event in 1969 was 6,655 yards (6,085 m).
The Heritage Classic Foundation
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.
The Heritage is one of only five tournaments given "invitational" status by the PGA Tour, 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 Open. 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).
The field consists of 132 players invited using the following criteria:
- RBC Heritage winners prior to 2000 and in the last five years
- U.S. Open or PGA Championship winners prior to 2005 playing 15 events in prior year
- The Players Championship and major championship winners in the last five years
- The Tour Championship and World Golf Championships winners in the past three years
- Winners of the Arnold Palmer Invitational and Memorial Tournament in the past three years
- Prior year U.S. Amateur winner (if still amateur)
- Winner FedEx Cup in the last five years
- 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
- Top 50 Official World Golf Ranking through two weeks prior to the commitment deadline
- 8 sponsors exemptions – 2 from Web.com Tour finals, 2 members not otherwise exempt, and 4 unrestricted
- Commissioner exemption - 2 foreign players
- PGA Section (Carolinas) champion/player of the year
- Career Money Exemption
- Life members
- Top 125 from prior year's FedEx Cup points list, including top 125 (medical)
- 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
- Tournament winners (PGA Tour eligibility category 10)
- Top 20 on current FedEx Cup points list through Friday prior to the tournament
- Next five available players not otherwise eligible from current year's FedEx Cup points list
- Remaining positions filled using standard PGA Tour eligibility ranking after top 125 non-member category
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
|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
|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|
|2011||Brandt Snedeker||United States||272||−12||Playoff||Luke Donald||1,026,000||5,700,000|
|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
|2008||Boo Weekley (2)||United States||269||−15||3 strokes|| Aaron Baddeley
|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|
|2005||Peter Lonard||Australia||277||−7||2 strokes|| Billy Andrade
Davis Love III
|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|
|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
|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
|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
|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
|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
|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
|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
|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|
|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
|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
|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
Ten men have won this tournament more than once through 2018.
- 5 wins
- Davis Love III: 1987, 1991, 1992, 1998, 2003
- 3 wins
- Hale Irwin: 1971, 1973, 1994
- 2 wins
- 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.
- 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.
- 1976: Hubert Green wins by five shots over Jerry McGee. It was Green's third consecutive win in as many weeks.
- 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. Kenny Knox would subsequently break Archer's record at the 1989 MCI Heritage Golf Classic.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 1994: Hale Irwin collects his 20th overall and last PGA Tour win at Harbour Town. He wins by two shots over Greg Norman.
- 1998: Davis Love III becomes the first four-time Heritage winner. He wins by seven shots over Glen Day. Day would go on to win the 1999 Heritage.
- 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.
- 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. David Frost breaks Mark Calcavecchia's record of 93 putts in a 72-hole tournament by hitting only 92 putts.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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- Arnold Palmer wins Heritage Golf Classic
- Hale Irwin Takes Heritage With Record Five Under Par
- Green Makes Heritage Third Straight
- Tewell, Pate, meet again
- There's lots of gain for Payne as he wins Heritage Classic
- Faldo rises to Kite's challenge to win
- Jones out of bounds-Love steps in
- 30-foot putt lifts Stewart in Heritage
- Late charge gives Irwin Heritage win
- Heritage winner surprises everyone
- Love affair: Davis wins 5th Heritage
- Peter Lonard Beats Clarke on Final Hole for Heritage Golf Title
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- Weekley Wins the Heritage
- Jim Furyk hails Brian Davis' sportsmanship at Verizon Heritage