PGA Tour
PGA - RBC Heritage Preview
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DATES: Thursday, April 16th through Sunday, April 19th
SITE: Harbour Town Golf Links, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
COURSE ARCHITECT: Pete Dye (1969) with Jack Nicklaus, redesign by Dye (2000)
PAR: 71
YARDAGE: 7,101
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 410 Yds10 - Par 4 451 Yds
2 - Par 5 502 yds11 - Par 4 436 yds
3 - Par 4 469 yds12 - Par 4 430 yds
4 - Par 3 200 yds13 - Par 4 373 yds
5 - Par 5 540 yds14 - Par 3 192 yds
6 - Par 4 419 yds15 - Par 5 588 yds
7 - Par 3 195 yds16 - Par 4 434 yds
8 - Par 4 473 yds17 - Par 3 185 yds
9 - Par 4 332 yds18 - Par 4 472 yds
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36 3,540 yds35 3,561 yds
 
Annual:  47th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
  - Thursday/Friday -- 11 p.m.-2 a.m. (et) - replay,
  - Saturday/Sunday -- 1-2:30 p.m. (et),
  CBS - Saturday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
  Golf Channel - Saturday -- 11 p.m.-3:30 a.m. (et) - replay,
  CBS - Sunday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
  Golf Channel - Sunday -- 7-11:30 p.m. (et) - replay
Defending Champion:  Matt Kuchar
Runner-Up:  Luke Donald
Tournament Record:  264 (Brian Gay, 2009)
54-Hole Record:  197 (Justin Leonard, 2002)
36-Hole Record:  129 (Jack Nicklaus, 1975; Phil Mickelson, 2002)
Course Record:  61 (David Frost, 1994)
Total Purse:  $5,900,000
Shares:  1st Place - $1,062,000; 2nd Place - $637,200; 3rd Place - $401,200
 
2014 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Matt Kuchar273Brian Stuard277
Luke Donald274Jim Furyk278
John Huh275Brian Harman278
Ben Martin275Three players at279
Scott Brown277
 
Past RBC Heritage Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2014Matt Kuchar (273) -- Luke Donald
2013*Graeme McDowell (275) -- Webb Simpson
2012Carl Pettersson (270) -- Zach Johnson
2011*Brandt Snedeker (272) -- Luke Donald
2010*Jim Furyk (271) -- Brian Davis
2009Brian Gay (264) -- Briny Baird, Luke Donald
2008Boo Weekley (269) -- Aaron Baddeley, Anthony Kim
2007Boo Weekley (270) -- Ernie Els
2006Aaron Baddeley (269) -- Jim Furyk
2005Peter Lonard (277) -- Billy Andrade, Darren Clarke, Jim Furyk,
Davis Love III
2004*Stewart Cink (274) -- Ted Purdy
2003*Davis Love III (271) -- Woody Austin
2002Justin Leonard (270) -- Heath Slocum
2001*Jose Coceres (273) -- Billy Mayfair
2000Stewart Cink (270) -- Tom Lehman
1999*Glen Day (274) -- Jeff Sluman, Payne Stewart
1998Davis Love III (266) -- Glen Day
1997Nick Price (269) -- Brad Faxon, Jesper Parnevik
1996Loren Roberts (265) -- Mark O'Meara
1995*Bob Tway (275) -- David Frost, Nolan Henke
1994Hale Irwin (266) -- Greg Norman
1993David Edwards (273) -- David Frost
1992Davis Love III (269) -- Chip Beck
1991Davis Love III (271) -- Ian Baker-Finch
1990*Payne Stewart (276) -- Steve Jones, Larry Mize
1989Payne Stewart (268) -- Kenny Perry
1988Greg Norman (271) -- David Frost, Gil Morgan
1987Davis Love III (271) -- Steve Jones
1986Fuzzy Zoeller (276) -- Chip Beck, Roger Maltbie, Greg Norman
1985*Bernhard Langer (273) -- Bobby Wadkins
1984Nick Faldo (270) -- Tom Kite
1983Fuzzy Zoeller (275) -- Jim Nelford
1982*Tom Watson (280) -- Frank Conner
1981Bill Rogers (278) -- Bruce Devlin, Hale Irwin, Gil Morgan, Craig Stadler
1980*Doug Tewell (280) -- Jerry Pate
1979Tom Watson (270) -- Ed Sneed
1978Hubert Green (277) -- Hale Irwin
1977Graham Marsh (273) -- Tom Watson
1976Hubert Green (274) -- Jerry McGee
1975Jack Nicklaus (271) -- Tom Weiskopf
1974Johnny Miller (276) -- Gibby Gilbert
1973Hale Irwin (272) -- Jerry Heard, Grier Jones
1972Johnny Miller (281) -- Tom Weiskopf
1971Hale Irwin (279) -- Bob Lunn
1970Bob Goalby (280) -- Lanny Wadkins
1969Arnold Palmer (283) -- Richard Crawford, Bert Yancey

* - Won in Playoff

Note:Formerly called Heritage Classic (1969-70), Sea Pines Heritage
Classic (1971-86), MCI Heritage Classic (1987-95), MCI Classic (1996-2000), Worldcom Classic - The Heritage of Golf (2001-02), MCI Heritage (2003-05), Verizon Heritage (2006-10), The Heritage (2011).

Top Contenders in the Field
Player2005200620072008200920102011201220132014
Matt KucharT-10---T-61T-7T-48T-14T-21T-44T-35Won
Luke Donald------------T-2T-32ndT-37T-32nd
Jim FurykT-22ndmc4thmcWonT-21T-8T-42T-7
Jordan Spieth------------------------T-9T-12
Charl Schwartzel---------------------------T-12
Graeme McDowellT-70mc------------T-61---WonT-23
Charley Hoffman---mc------75th------T-8T-6T-38
Patrick Reed------------------------T-71T-48
Boo Weekley------WonWonT-13T-12T-46T-6T-42T-53
Stewart CinkT-47T-27T-50T-7T-62T-14T-30mcT-24T-61
Zach JohnsonT-47---6thmcT-37T-47mc2ndT-48T-61
Ernie Els---T-72ndmcT-48---mcmcmcT-64
Billy Horschel------------------------T-9T-68
Brian DavisT-25T-59---T-23mc2ndT-21T-13T-30T-74
Brandt SnedekerT-46---T-16T-53mcmcWonT-17T-59T-74
Carl PetterssonmcT-68T-8mcmcT-35T-30WonT-35mc
Aaron Baddeley---WonT-10T-2T-21T-22T-14mcT-42mc
Ian Poulter72ndT-47------------T-36---------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Ian Poulter
Darkhorse - Charley Hoffman
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (J.Spieth, D.Johnson, H.Stenson) - Won, T-6, T-19
Last Week's Darkhorse (R.Palmer, B.Horschel, M.Every) - T-33, MC, MC
 
NOTES:
The PGA Tour's annual trek to the shores of South Carolina continues this week, as players attempt to add their name to the list of impressive champions at the RBC Heritage. Past winners of this prestigious event include: Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Johnny Miller, Hale Irwin, Fuzzy Zoeller, Nick Faldo, Greg Norman, Bernhard Langer, Payne Stewart, Nick Price, Davis Love III and Jim Furyk. The purse increased $100,000 from last year to $5.9 million, with the winner receiving $1,062,000.

Eight of the top 25 players in the world are set to play, led by Masters champion Jordan Spieth, who is now ranked No. 2 in the world. The 21-year-old Spieth is coming off an impressive victory at Augusta National Golf Club last week, where he captured his first major championship. He has been the hottest player in the world in 2015, with two victories, two second place finishes and seven top-10's in nine events. Spieth has finished first, second, tied for second, and first in his last four tournaments. He currently leads the PGA Tour money list with over $4.9 million in earnings.

Another player to keep an eye on this week is former world No. 1 Luke Donald, who has an outstanding record at this event. In his last six appearances here, Donald has finished second three times and third twice. He is still looking for his first win at this tournament.

Harbour Town has the smallest greens on the PGA Tour and has hosted this event since its inception in 1969. The Ocean Course on Hilton Head Island was used for the first two rounds in 1972. There have been nine multiple winners of this tournament.

Last year, Matt Kuchar holed a bunker shot for birdie on the 18th in the final round to shoot a 7-under 64 and come from behind to win. Kuchar, who won for the seventh time on the PGA Tour, finished at 11-under-par 273. Kuchar tied Stewart Cink (2004), Brian Gay (2009) and Brandt Snedeker (2011) for the lowest final round by a winner in tournament history.

The 91 players that made the 36-hole cut in 2013 marked the first time in 32 years that more than 90 players made the 36-hole cut in a non-major championship. The last time it happened was at the 1981 Travelers Championship.

In 2010, Jim Furyk won after Brian Davis called a penalty on himself during a playoff. Davis hit his second left of the green and into a hazard populated by sand and rocks. Davis blasted out 30 feet past the flag, then immediately called for a PGA Tour rules official. Davis' club hit a dead branch on his backswing and it was deemed a 2-stroke penalty. Furyk made his par putt and collected his second of three wins in 2010 on his way to winning the FedExCup. Furyk and Davis were the only players in the field to shoot all four rounds in the 60s.

Gay fired a 7-under 64 in the final round in 2009 to cruise to an easy 10- stroke victory over Briny Baird and Donald. Gay finished at 20-under 264, which established a new tournament record. Loren Roberts shot the old mark of 265 back in 1996 when he won, and Gay's 10-shot win also represented a new tournament record for margin of victory. He was the only player in the field to fire four rounds in the 60s. Gay carded just two bogeys in four rounds in 2009, the fewest since 1983 when Roberts had three.

In 2008, Boo Weekley shot rounds of 69-64-65-71 to successfully defend his title. He finished at 15-under-par 269. Weekley holed two shots from off the green on the back nine in the final round, both times for birdie, and did enough to fend off Anthony Kim and Aaron Baddeley for a 3-shot win. Weekley has claimed two of his three PGA Tour wins at Harbour Town. He was the first player to win in his first two appearances. Weekley became the first back-to- back Heritage champion since Love, a 5-time winner, won in 1991-92. Weekley, Love and Stewart are the only players to win two straight years. Stewart did it in 1989-90.

Weekley escaped 17 and 18 with chip-in pars in the final round on Monday to win the title in 2007. Those closing pars secured a round of 3-under 68 and Weekley's first PGA Tour crown. He finished at 14-under-par 270. Weekley was the only player in the field to shoot all four rounds in the 60s. With that win, Weekley became the 10th first-time winner in the history of this event, joining Irwin (1971), Graham Marsh (1977), Doug Tewell (1980), Faldo (1984), Love (1987), Glen Day (1999), Jose Coceres (2001), Peter Lonard (2005) and Aaron Baddeley (2006). Weekley also became the fifth player to win the title in his first appearance, joining Palmer (1969), Bob Goalby (1970), Cink (2000) and Coceres (2001).

Lonard opened with a first-round 62 in 2005 and held on to win. Lonard carded a 4-over 75 in the final round to finish at 7-under-par 277 for his first career victory on the PGA Tour. He finished two strokes ahead of Billy Andrade, Darren Clarke, Furyk and Love. Lonard's first-round 62 tied the first-round course record set by Love in 2002. His final-round 75 set the tournament record for high finish by a winner, previously held by Palmer (74) in 1969. Lonard's 72-hole total of 277 was the highest winning score since Tom Watson (280) in 1982. The scoring average for the 2005 tournament (73.246) was the highest in the history of the event since statistics were first kept in 1983. The previous highest scoring average (72.757) was in 1986.

David Frost set the PGA Tour record for fewest putts in a 72-hole event with 92 in 2005, breaking the mark of 93 set by Kenny Knox at this event in 1989 and Mark Calcavecchia at the 2002 Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic. Frost finished in a tie for 38th.

Cink overcame a 9-shot deficit in the final round to win in 2004. The tour record for largest final-round comeback is Paul Lawrie's 10-shot turnaround at the 1999 British Open, but Cink's is the biggest on American soil. Cink has fared well here with two wins (2000, 2004) and five top-10s.

In 2003, Love added his name to the history books when he became the 17th player to capture a single PGA Tour event at least five times. Not only does Love have five wins (1987, 1991-92, 1998, 2003), he has 11 top-10s in 26 starts and has shot par or better in 66 of 93 rounds at Harbour Town. Love has recorded a top 10 at Harbour Town in eight of his last 16 appearances. It comes as no surprise that he is the all-time money leader with $2,638,466.

There have been only three wire-to-wire winners in tournament history: Miller in 1974, Watson in 1979 and Price in 1997. Of the 33 players who have won this event, 19 have won at least one of golf's four majors.

The PGA Tour moves to Louisiana next week for the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, where Seung-Yul Noh captured the title last year.

04/14 15:31:14 ET

As of April 14, 2015, at 03:32 PM ET