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.
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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