As day began to fade into night at Harbour Town Golf Links on Sunday, Webb Simpson walked down a quiet 18th fairway, the sunset complemented by his yellow shirt. He wore it in honor of his dad, Evander Samuel Simpson III, who passed away just over two years ago. It’s only fitting that on Father’s Day, Webb found something special.
We’ve certainly seen some new things in the 2020 edition of the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing. A tournament in June. A “bubble” to attempt to keep the novel coronavirus out. A fanless gallery. And now, a new scoring record.
On a Friday afternoon clouded by a positive COVID-19 test, then interrupted by thunderstorms, Webb Simpson surged to the top of the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing leaderboard with his second straight round of 6-under 65.
The coronavirus pandemic has found its way into the PGA Tour “bubble” — right here on Hilton Head Island.
As a South Carolina native who grew up playing all the Palmetto State’s finest golf courses — and taking trophies home from many of them — you’d expect Matthew NeSmith to know his way around Harbour Town Golf Links. But even with titles from two tournaments closely associated with the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing, NeSmith had never played a competitive round on Pete Dye’s masterpiece until Thursday.
The ghosts of Harbour Town have haunted Ian Poulter for nearly a decade. Could 2020 be the fateful year these demons are exorcised for good? The 44-year-old Englishman conjured an opening 7-under 64 to grab a share of the 18-hole lead at the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing.
After an arduous several months marked by shoulder surgery and a pandemic shutdown, 2017 RBC Heritage champion Wesley Bryan is ready to reset and make some more noise at Harbour Town Golf Links.
This year’s RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing will be different from every previous installment in just about every possible way, right down to the way the PGA Tour professionals interact with Harbour Town Golf Links and Hilton Head Island in general.
Another eight of the world’s top golfers have joined a strong field that is taking shape for next week’s RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing on Hilton Head Island.
Fans won’t be able to see it in person, but when they tune in to the 52nd RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing next week, they’ll watch one of the strongest fields in the event’s history.