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DATES: Thursday, April 12th through Sunday, April 15th
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:  44th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
  - Thursday/Friday -- 8:30-11:30 p.m. (et) - replay,
  - Saturday/Sunday -- 1-2:30 p.m. (et),
  CBS - Saturday/Sunday -- 3-6 p.m. (et)
  Golf Channel - Saturday/Sunday -- 9:30-11:30 p.m. (et) - replay
Defending Champion:  Brandt Snedeker
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:  $5,700,000
Shares:  1st Place - $1,026,000; 2nd Place - $615,600; 3rd Place - $387,600
 
2011 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Brandt Snedeker *272Ben Crane276
Luke Donald272Nick O'Hern276
Tommy Gainey273Pat Perez276
Ricky Barnes274Five players at277
Tim Herron274

* - Won in Playoff

 
Past RBC Heritage Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
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
Player2002200320042005200620072008200920102011
Brandt Snedeker---------T-46---T-16T-53mcmcWon
Luke DonaldmcT-69mc------------T-2T-32nd
Webb Simpson---------------------mcT-14T-14
Aaron Baddeley------------WonT-10T-2T-21T-22T-14
Jim FurykT-15T-10---T-22ndmc4thmcWonT-21
Brian Davis---------T-25T-59---T-23mc2ndT-21
Matt Kuchar---mcT-32T-10---T-61T-7T-48T-14T-21
Mark Wilson---mc---------T-36T-53T-56---T-21
Stewart CinkmcT-10WonT-47T-27T-50T-7T-62T-14T-30
Bill Haas---------mcT-27mcmcmcT-41T-30
Camilo Villegas------------mcT-29T-7T-37T-5T-36
Brian GaymcmcmcmcT-9T-16mcWonT-32T-36
Boo Weekley---------------WonWonT-13T-12T-46
Bo Van Pelt------------T-63T-10T-49T-13T-3mc
Rickie Fowler------------------mc---T-8mc
Zach Johnson------T-53T-47---6thmcT-37T-47mc
Justin LeonardWonT-47T-39---T-47T-16T-17T-48---mc
Ernie ElsT-19T-10T-3---T-72ndmcT-48---mc
Bud Cauley---------------------------mc
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Brian Davis
Darkhorse - Bud Cauley
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (L. Donald, R. McIlroy, T. Woods) - T-32, T-40, T-40
Last Week's Darkhorse (B. Watson, J. Furyk, B. Van Pelt) - Won, 11th, T-17
 
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.

Five of the top-25 players in the world are set to play - Luke Donald (1), Webb Simpson (13), Matt Kuchar (14), Bill Haas (18) and defending champion Brandt Snedeker (23).

Donald will be looking to finally break through and win this event after many close calls. He has finished 2nd (2011), T-3 (2010) and T-2 (2009) the last three years.

Kuchar is coming off his best finish in a major championship last week at The Masters, where he tied for third. Kuchar held a share of the lead after he played the 15th hole in the final round, but missed out on a playoff with eventual champion Bubba Watson and Louis Oosthuizen by two strokes. Kuchar has finished in the top-10 in his last four events and has made the cut in all seven tournaments he has played this year. He has made 14 straight cuts dating back to last year.

Last year, Snedeker parred the third extra hole to beat Donald. In the playoff, Donald's approach buried in a bunker and his sand shot rolled through the green. With Snedeker in with par, Donald's chip to extend the playoff lipped out of the hole, giving Snedeker his second PGA Tour win. Snedeker fired a final-round 64, waited for almost two hours, then took Donald out. Donald, the third-round leader, shot a one-under 70 and the pair tied at 12-under 272. Snedeker tied Stewart Cink (2004) and Brian Gay (2009) for the lowest final round by a winner in tournament history. Snedeker has since captured his third PGA Tour victory at the Farmers Insurance Open in January.

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 two-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.

In 2009, Brian Gay fired a seven-under 64 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, but Gay's 10-shot win also represented a new tournament record for margin of victory. The win was Gay's second on the PGA Tour. 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 three-shot win. Weekley has claimed both of his 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 five-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.

In 2007, Weekley escaped 17 and 18 with chip-in pars in the final round on Monday to win the title. Those closing pars secured a round of three-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), Stewart Cink (2000) and Coceres (2001).

In 2006, Baddeley made par from the rough at the 18th hole in the final round, curling in a seven-foot putt to hang on for a one-shot victory over Furyk. Baddeley shot a one-under 70 in his final round and ended the tournament at 15-under-par 269 for his first PGA Tour victory. At 25-years-old, Baddeley became the youngest winner of this event since Love (23 years old) in 1987.

In 2005, Lonard opened with a first-round 62 and held on to win. Lonard carded a four-over 75 in the final round to finish at seven-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 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 nine-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), five top-10s and just one missed cut.

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 the last 16 seasons. It comes as no surprise that he is the all-time money leader at this event 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 30 players who have won this event, 18 have won at least one of golf's four majors.

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 of in 1972. There have been nine multiple winners of this tournament.

The PGA Tour moves to San Antonio next week for the Valero Texas Open, where Brendan Steele captured the title last year.

04/10 14:47:54 ET

As of April 10, 2012, at 02:48 PM ET