GOLF: Lowco native Bryson Nimmer to play 2021 RBC Heritage

After years of hard work and tremendous success at Clemson and beyond, Bryson Nimmer is coming home to Harbour Town Golf Links the week after the Masters — and you know what that means. 

The Bluffton native will live out a childhood dream in April, receiving a coveted sponsors exemption to play in the 53rd annual RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing. 

Nimmer earned himself the opportunity after a breakout 2020 season, scoring his first professional victory at the GPro Tour’s Greenville Open in July before conquering the newly-created LOCALiQ Series, which was formed after several tours shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

After winning both of his first two starts on the brand-new series, Nimmer finished at the top of the tour’s standings, earning a berth in the 2021 RBC Canadian Open in June along with last week’s Puerto Rico Open, where he recorded a 3-under top-40 finish. 

The local standout is no stranger to Harbour Town Golf Links, as Nimmer previously captured the 2014 Sea Pines Junior Heritage in dramatic fashion after holing out to force a playoff. In 2017, he finished runner-up in the Players Amateur at Berkeley Hall Club in Okatie. 

Nimmer led his Hilton Head Christian Academy Eagles to a state championship in 2013 before continuing his journey at Clemson University, his father Tony’s alma mater. He then completed an illustrious career as a Tiger, earning ACC Freshman of the Year and claiming prestigious first-team All-American honors his senior year before taking his talents to the professional ranks. 

A year ago, Nimmer attended the Heritage in June as a caddie for his friend Spencer Ralston. But this time around, he’ll be teeing it up himself as he sets his sights on a big-time 2021 season and maybe a little hometown magic. 

“Growing up here, the Heritage has always been a huge deal to me and everyone in the area,” Nimmer said. “It was the first time I ever got to see a professional golfer in person and was really what propelled me to become one now. I can’t even put into words how excited and thankful I am for this opportunity and can’t wait to represent the Lowcountry this year.” 

The 53rd RBC Heritage will take place April 12-18 at Harbour Town Golf Links, returning to its signature slot a week after the Masters Tournament. The event will be played with a limited number of spectators. Visit rbcheritage.com or call 843.671.2448 to purchase tickets.

By Wes Kerr

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