2020 RBC Heritage officially canceled

The Palmetto State — especially the Lowcountry — will remember 2020 as the year without the Heritage.

South Carolina’s only annual PGA Tour stop won’t happen this year, as the PGA Tour announced Tuesday the cancellation of all tournaments through May 10, including the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing scheduled for April 13-19.

The PGA Tour made the announcement after a recently published statement from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended “for the next eight weeks, organizers should cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States.”

The Heritage Classic Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization, enhances the quality of life and economic vitality of our region by hosting the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing, South Carolina’s only PGA TOUR golf tournament.

The Heritage Classic Foundation held out as long as possible in hopes of providing fans, sponsors and volunteers a much-needed respite from the current climate, but with the growing threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, virtually every sporting event in the world has been put on hiatus.

“We certainly feel this is the right decision to make for the health and safety of everyone,” RBC Heritage Tournament Director Steve Wilmot said. “We remained optimistic as long as we could knowing the event generates more than $3 million dollars a year for local charities and has a yearly economic impact of $102 million for the state of South Carolina.” 

The Heritage Classic Foundation said in a release it would like to thank all sponsors, ticket buyers and volunteers for their dedication and support through this uncertain time. 

The RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing will be back April 12-18, 2021, with renewed energy to generate revenue for the community and charitable dollars for the Heritage Classic Foundation’s registered charities, the release said. 

Individual ticket purchases will be refunded within 30 days. Ticket buyers will receive more information in the coming days.

The Heritage Classic Foundation will also be working with volunteers to refund or defer registration fees and Heritage Classic Foundation charitable matching programs will be suspended until further notice.

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