Graeme McDowell will be licking his wounds after missing his second cut of the year at The Masters last week as he leads a nice field of PGA Tour regulars into South Carolina for The RBC Masters. It’s going to be hard to put the drama and excitement of Adam Scott’s first major victory behind us, but it’s time to move on.
The RBC Heritage gets underway Thursday morning at the 7101 yard Harbor Town Golf Links Course on Hilton Head Island. The course was designed by Pete Dye in consultation with Jack Nicklaus, and plays to a par of 71. This is Jack’s first attempt at course design and is a fine old Scottish layout that is a favorite for many of the tour pros. Harbor Town is built on the site of the oldest golf club in South Carolina, and possibly the United States. It was formed in 1786 by Scottish merchants.
The tournament will tee off 144 players with 68 of them being past winners on the PGA Tour. The RBC Heritage carries a total purse of $ 5.6 Million Dollars with the winner pocketing $ 1.0256 Million, and 500 FedEx Cup points. Your defending champion is Sweden’s Carl Pettersson.
Pettersson cruised to a five shot victory over Zack Johnson in 2012, for his fifth PGA Tour victory, and his first after becoming a naturalized US citizen. The victory tied him with Jesper Parnevik for the most by a Swedish-born player.
The course record at the golf course with the iconic red and white light tower was a 61 set by David Frost during the second round in 1994. A tournament record 264 was set by Brian Gay in 2009.
Despite Harbour Town’s definitive lack of length, only 26 men in the event’s 44-year history have managed to break 70 in all four rounds. You have to go back to 2010 to find the last to do it — playoff foes Jim Furyk and Brian Davis.
Television coverage for the RBC Heritage Classic will be Thursday-Friday, 3-6 p.m. EDT (Golf Channel). Saturday-Sunday, 1-2:30 p.m. (GC), 3-6 p.m. (CBS).
The finish we had at The Masters will be a tough act to follow, but the field this weekend will include third round co-leader, Brandt Snedeker, Luke Donald, 2012 British Open Champ, Ernie Els, and Texas teen Jordan Spieth. Also joining the field are Sunshine Tour star, Richard Sterne, Ryder Cup star, Nicolas Colsaerts, and Camilo Villegas.
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