GOLF: Octet of pros with local ties commit to Heritage

A number of fan favorites with local ties are among the latest PGA Tour professionals to commit to play in the 53rd RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing next week at Hilton Head Island’s famed Harbour Town Golf Links. 

Lucas Glover, Bill Haas, Brian Harman, Kevin Kisner, Davis Love III, Ben Martin, Will McGirt and Matt NeSmith are among the latest commitments, adding some Palmetto State and Lowcountry flair to an already strong field.

Among the other high-profile players who will tee it up at Harbour Town next week are Team RBC ambassador Dustin Johnson — the top-ranked player in the world — and past RBC Heritage champions and Team RBC ambassadors Webb Simpson, Jim Furyk, Matt Kuchar, Graeme McDowell and Brandt Snedeker. Other major commitments include Daniel Berger, Paul Casey, Bryson DeChambeau, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Tommy Fleetwood, Sergio Garcia, Tyrrell Hatton, Shane Lowry, Collin Morikawa and Lee Westwood.

Glover was born in Greenville and starred at Clemson University.  He now lives on St. Simons Island, Georgia.  Glover has earned three wins on the PGA TOUR, including the 2009 US Open. He has competed in every RBC Heritage since 2004. 

Haas has earned six PGA TOUR victories and was the 2011 FedExCup winner. The Greenville resident is following in his dad Jay’s footsteps and making the RBC Heritage a tradition. Bill, who is competing under a sponsors exemption, hasn’t missed the Harbour Town event since finishing Q-school in 2005. 

Harman caught the golf world’s attention in 2012 during the second round of The Honda Classic when he shattered the course record with a 61, but golf fans in the Lowcountry were already quite familiar. The Savannah native won the 2005 Players Amateur and was a standout at the University of Georgia before turning pro. He has earned two PGA TOUR victories and is making his 12th start at the RBC Heritage.

Kisner has finished in the top 10 at Harbour Town twice in his previous eight starts and nearly became the first Palmetto State golfer to win the Heritage when he lost a playoff to Furyk in 2015. The Aiken native graduated from the University of Georgia and has three victories on the PGA Tour. The 2017 President’s Cup team member carded a runner-up finish at this season’s RSM Classic after losing to Robert Streb in a playoff.

Love has earned 21 PGA TOUR victories, including five wins at Harbour Town Golf Links.  The Sea Island resident and University of North Carolina graduate was only 23 when he won his first tartan jacket in 1987, making him the youngest champion.  The 2016 Ryder Cup captain and World Golf Hall of Famer will be celebrating his record breaking 32nd start at the RBC Heritage. In 2018, he competed against his son Dru, making the Love family the first with three generations who have competed at Harbour Town — Davis Love Jr. played in 1969 and 1970.

Martin is competing in his seventh RBC Heritage under a sponsors exemption. The Greenwood native and Clemson grad has carded one victory on the PGA TOUR at the 2015 Shriners Hospital for Children Open and has earned one top-10 finish in 2021. He was sidelined the 2019-2020 season with a back injury.

McGirt was born in Lumberton, North Carolina, and played golf for Wofford College in Spartanburg. He now calls Bluffton home. His one PGA TOUR victory came at the 2016 Memorial on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff with Jon Curran. He is competing under a sponsors exemption and has carded three top-10 finishes in his previous eight starts at the RBC Heritage.

NeSmith joined the PGA TOUR in 2020 and was one of just eight rookies to qualify for the FedExCup Playoffs. The North Augusta native played golf for the University of South Carolina and carded his first professional win on the 2019 Korn Ferry Tour. He made his RBC Heritage debut in 2020, finishing tied for 33rd place.

The 53rd annual RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing will take place April 12-18, 2021. When you purchase a ticket to South Carolina’s only PGA TOUR event, you help the Heritage Classic Foundation support its educational and charitable initiatives. Visit http://www.rbcheritage.com to purchase tickets.

Health and safety remain the number one priority, and the tournament has implemented a number of new protocols to keep everyone safe during the reimagined event. The fan guide to safety policies for the 2021 event are listed at RBCHeritage.com/COVID19.

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