An already stellar field for the 51st RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing got even stronger with the late addition of four players ranked in the top 50 of the Official World Golf Rankings on Friday.The tournament announced Jordan Spieth and Justin Harding had committed to the field early Friday, then Rafa Cabrera Bello and Ian Poulter were the last to join the field Friday afternoon, further strengthening the pool of players who will compete for a tartan jacket next week at Harbour Town Golf Links.
They join a field that includes defending champion Satoshi Kodaira and Team RBC Ambassadors Dustin Johnson and Webb Simpson. Team RBC Ambassadors and past champions Jim Furyk, Matt Kuchar, Graeme McDowell and Brandt Snedeker are also vying for a chance to win another tartan jacket. The current field includes 25 of the top 50 players in the world and 54 of the top 100.
Spieth joined the PGA Tour in 2013 after receiving a sponsor’s exemption into the RBC Heritage. He finished that tournament tied for ninth and went on to earn his first PGA Tour win that same year at the John Deer Classic. He has won 10 more times in his career, including the 2015 Masters, 2015 U.S. Open and the 2017 Open Championship. He was named PGA Tour Rookie of the Year in 2013 and was the 2015 FedExCup Champion. He has also been a member of every Ryder and Presidents Cup team since 2013. He will be making his fourth start at Harbour Town.
Harding went into the weekend at The Masters tied for sixth place and is attracting attention with his long handle putting style. The South African has earned one international victory and is ranked 49th in the Official World Golf Rankings. He will be competing in the RBC Heritage for the first time.
Cabrera Bello is No. 31 in the Official World Golf Rankings. The Spaniard has earned five international victories since turning pro in 2005 and has carded two top-three finishes this season on the PGA Tour. He also represented Spain in the 2016 Olympics and will be competing for the second time at the RBC Heritage.
Poulter earned his third win on the PGA Tour at the 2018 Houston and carded two top-10 finishes this year. The Englishman has 12 international victories and has never missed the cut in his eight starts at Harbour Town.
For more information on the 51st annual RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing tournament, visit rbcheritage.com or call 843.671.2448.
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