RBC Heritage Notes 2015

  • Dates: April 13-19, 2015
  • Where: Harbour Town Golf Links; Hilton Head Island, SC
  • Par/Yards: 36-35—71/7,101
  • Format: 72-hole stroke play; Field: 132
  • FedExCup: 500 points to winner
  • Purse: $5.9 million ($1,062,000 to the winner)
  • Defending Champion: Matt Kuchar
  • Twitter: @RBC_Heritage; Facebook: Heritage Classic FoundationA look back at the 2014 RBC Heritage
  • Luke Donald entered the final round of the 2014 RBC Heritage with a two-stroke cushion over John Huh, but his fellow RBC Ambassador Matt Kuchar (who entered the day four strokes back) stole the show with a 7-under 64 (including a front-nine 6-under 30) for a one-stroke victory over Donald.
  • It was a range of emotions for Kuchar on the final two holes. After appearing on the verge of building a two-stroke lead on the 17th hole, he three-putted from 4’3‖ to drop into a tie at 10-under with Donald. On the par-4 18th hole, Kuchar holed a 56’7‖ bunker shot for a birdie-3 to move back to the eventual winning score of 11-under.
  • The win was the seventh of Kuchar’s PGA TOUR career: 2002 Honda Classic, 2009 Turning Stone Resort Championship, 2010 Barclays, 2012 PLAYERS Championship, 2013 World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship, 2013 Memorial Tournament, 2014 RBC Heritage. It came in his 312th PGA TOUR start at the age of 35 years, 9 months and 30 days.Masters champion Spieth headlines RBC Heritage field
  • With his victory at the Masters Tournament, Jordan Spieth (21 years, 8 months, 16 days) became the second-youngest winner of the Green Jacket in the tournament’s 79-year history behind Tiger Woods (21 years, 3 months, 14 days) and his 18-under-par 270 total matched Woods’ record-setting 1997 performance.
  • With his victory, Spieth took over the lead in the FedExCup standings for the first time in his career. In his last four starts, he has two victories (Masters Tournament and Valspar Championship) and two runners-up (Valero Texas Open and Shell Houston Open).
  • Spieth leads the TOUR win seven top-10 finishes in 10 starts in 2014-15.Matt Kuchar set to defend at Harbour Town
  • Winner of the Tartan Jacket in 2014, given annually to the RBC Heritage winner.
  • One of 12 RBC Golf Ambassadors on TOUR. The others: Jason Day, Graham DeLaet, Luke Donald, Ernie Els, Adam Hadwin, David Hearn, Jim Furyk, Matt Graeme McDowell, Brandt Snedeker, Nick Taylor and Mike Weir.
  • Hoping to join Payne Stewart (1989-90), Davis Love III (1991-92) & Boo Weekley (2007-08) as back-to-back winners at the RBC Heritage.
  • Looking to keep a 21-year streak intact, as no defending champion has missed the cut at the RBC Heritage since Davis Love III in 1993.
  • Recorded the 15th come-from-behind victory in the 46-year history of the RBC Heritage.
  • Won in his 11th start at Harbour Town. After missing the cut in his inaugural start in 2003, has reeled off 10 consecutive made cuts, with a T7 in 2008 and T10 in 2005 his previous-best finishes.
  • A glance at the field
    • 13 of the top 30 in the FedExCup: #1 Jordan Spieth, #4 Patrick Reed, #7 Charley Hoffman, #11 Robert Streb, #12 Sangmoon Bae, #13 Brandt Snedeker, #14 Ben Martin, #16 Bill Haas, #17 James Hahn, #19 Daniel Berger, #21 Brendon de Jonge, #26 Matt Kuchar and #27 Matt Every.
    • 12 of the top 35 in the Official World Golf Ranking: #2 Jordan Spieth, #10 Jim Furyk, #14 Patrick Reed, #17 Matt Kuchar, #19 Billy Horschel, #23 Zach Johnson, #24 Chris Kirk, #25 Bill Haas, #26 Ian Poulter, #31 Graeme McDowell, #34 Louis Oosthuizen, #35 Anirban Lahiri.
    • Past RBC Heritage champions: Matt Kuchar (2014), Graeme McDowell (2013), Carl Pettersson (2012), Brandt Snedeker (2011), Jim Furyk (2010), Glen Day (2009), Boo Weekley (2008, 2007), Aaron Baddeley (2006), Stewart Cink (2004, 2000), Davis Love III (2003, 1998, 1992, 1991, 1987), Justin Leonard (2002) and Tom Watson (1982, 1979).
    • Official World Golf Hall of Fame members Tom Watson, Vijay Singh and Ernie Els.
    • Among the Players Amateur Champion alumnus teeing it up: 2014 champion Scott Vincent, Brendon de Jonge, Billy Hurley, Marc Leishman, Michael Putnam and Cameron Tringale.
    • Over 80 TOUR winners, led by Tom Watson (39), Vijay Singh (34), Ernie Els (19), Jim Furyk (16), Kenny Perry (14), Justin Leonard (12), Zach Johnson (11).
    • 12 winners from the 2014-15 TOUR Season: Jordan Spieth (2), Sangmoon Bae, Ben Martin, Robert Streb, Nick Taylor, Charley Hoffman, Patrick Reed, Bill Haas, Brandt Snedeker, James Hahn, Alex Cejka, Matt Every.
    • 15 major champions: Tom Watson (8), Ernie Els (4), Vijay Singh (3), Stewart Cink, Jason Dufner, Jim Furyk, Lucas Glover, Zach Johnson, Justin Leonard, Graeme McDowell, Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel, Webb Simpson, Jordan Spieth, Mike Weir.Additional Player Notes
    • Newly-crowned Masters champion Jordan Spieth will be making his third start at the RBC Heritage, with solid finishes in 2013 (T9) and 2014 (T12).
    • In nine RBC Heritage starts, Luke Donald owns an incredible five top-3 finishes (T2-2009, T3-2010, 2nd-2011, T3-2013, 2nd-2014).
    • Two-time RBC Heritage winner (1979, ’82) Tom Watson will make his 25th appearance at the RBC Heritage. He also owns top-10 finishes at the event in 1977 (2nd), 1980 (T10), 1995 (T7), 1996 (T5) and 1997 (T7).
    • Boo Weekley owns five top 15s in eight RBC Heritage starts (1-2007, 1-2008, T13-2009, T12-2010, T6-2012).
    • Five-time PGA TOUR winner Carl Pettersson’s last two victories have been at RBC-sponsored events (2010 RBC Canadian Open, 2012 RBC Heritage).
      RBC Heritage and the Masters Tournament
    • In its traditional spot immediately after the Masters for the fourth straight season. Four years ago, was played two weeks after the Masters, marking the first time it was not played the week after the Masters since 1982.
    • Field includes six former Masters champions: Tom Watson (1977, ’81), Vijay Singh (2000), Mike Weir (2003), Zach Johnson (2007), Trevor Immelman (2008) and Jordan Spieth (2015).
    • Seven players who finished inside the top 12 at last week’s Masters Tournament: Jordan Spieth (1st), Ian Poulter (T6), Charley Hoffman (T9), Zach Johnson (T9), Bill Haas (T12), Kevin Na (T12), Kevin Streelman (T12).
    • Since the RBC Heritage moved into its slot after the Masters in 1983, just six players have won the event without having competed in the Masters the week before: Carl Pettersson (2012), Brian Gay (2009), Boo Weekley (2007), Aaron Baddeley (2006), Bob Tway (1995) and Davis Love III (1987).Additional RBC Heritage Notes
    • This is the 47th RBC Heritage, regarded as one of the TOUR’s most popular stops. One of Pete Dye’s signature designs is annually ranked among the country’s top courses and has produced a winner’s roster including inaugural winner Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Johnny Miller, Hale Irwin, Fuzzy Zoeller, Tom Watson, Nick Faldo, Davis Love III, Greg Norman and Nick Price.
    • There have been 10 international winners of the RBC Heritage: Graeme McDowell (2013), Carl Pettersson (2012), Aaron Baddeley (2006), Peter Lonard (2005), Jose Coceres (2001), Nick Price (1997), Greg Norman (1988), Bernhard Langer (1985), Nick Faldo (1984) and Graham Marsh (1977).
    • There have been just 15 come-from-behind victories in the 46-year history of the RBC Heritage.
    • The RBC Heritage has had 11 playoffs in the 46-year history of the event.
    • The RBC Heritage has had 10 first-time winners: Hale Irwin (1971), Graham Marsh (1977), Doug Tewell (1980), Nick Faldo (1984), Davis Love III (1987), Glen Day (1999), Jose Coceres (2001), Peter Lonard (2005), Aaron Baddeley (2006) and Boo Weekley (2007).
    • Multiple winners of the RBC Heritage: Davis Love III (5), Hale Irwin (3), Johnny Miller (2), Hubert Green (2), Tom Watson (2), Fuzzy Zoeller (2), Payne Stewart (2), Stewart Cink (2), Boo Weekley (2).
    • Just five players have won the RBC Heritage in their first appearance: Stewart Cink (2000), Jose Coceres (2001), Bob Goalby (1970), Arnold Palmer (1969) and Boo Weekley (2007).
    • The RBC Heritage has been won by a player aged 40 and above five times, including Arnold Palmer (40 years, 2 months, 20 days) at the inaugural 1969 tournament, Bob Goalby (1970; 41 years, 8 months, 15 days), Hale Irwin (1994; 48 years, 10 months, 14 days), Loren Roberts (1996; 40 years, 9 months, 27 days) and Nick Price (1997; 40 years, 20 months, 22 days).
    • Youngest RBC Heritage winner: Davis Love III (23 years, 6 days) when he won the first of five titles in 1987.
    • Brian Gay’s 264 winning score in 2009 broke the previous scoring record at the RBC Heritage, which was set by Loren Roberts in 1996 (19-under 265). The 10-stroke winning margin was also a tournament record, besting Davis Love III’s seven-stroke win in 1998.
    • Harbour Town is one of eight courses that has hosted at least one TOUR Championship. In 1989, Harbour Town was the site, as usual, of the RBC Heritage, won by Payne Stewart. Six months later, Harbour Town also hosted the season-ending TOUR Championship. Stewart just missed winning twice on the same course in the same season when he fell in a two-hole playoff to Tom Kite.
    • David Frost set the PGA TOUR’s all-time 72-hole putting record with 92 total putts at Harbour Town in 2005. The old mark was also set at Harbour Town when Kenny Knox had just 93 putts in 1989 (matched by Mark Calcavecchia at the 2002 Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic).
    • Nine players (11 times) have won the RBC Heritage with four rounds in the 60s, including Nick Faldo (1984), Payne Stewart 1989), Hale Irwin (1994), Loren Roberts (1996), Nick Price (1997), Davis Love III (1992, 1998, 2003), Boo Weekley (2007), Brian Gay (2009) and Jim Furyk (2010).
    • A player has posted four rounds in the 60s 26 times throughout the history of the RBC Heritage, with Jim Furyk and Brian Davis the latest (2010). Nick Price holds the event record with nine straight sub-70 rounds.
    • The third-round lead/co-leader has won 31 of 46 times at the RBC Heritage, most recently Carl Pettersson in 2012, who entered the final round one shot clear of Colt Knost.Strong local contingent set to descend on Hilton Head
    • Scott Brown – Former University of South Carolina-Aiken standout and North Augusta, South Carolina resident will make his third start at the RBC Heritage (T64-2013, T5-2014). The 2013 Puerto Rico Open champion was inducted into the USC-Aiken Athletic Hall of Fame based on having led the Pacers to three-consecutive NCAA Division II National Championships (2004-06).
    • Jonathan Byrd – Anderson, South Carolina native and former Clemson Tiger has 12 career starts at the RBC Heritage (MC-2002, T56-2003, T16-2004, MC-2005, WD-2006, T27-2007, T36-2008, T69-2009, MC-2010, MC-2011, T66-2013, T31-2014).
    • Lucas Glover – Greenville, South Carolina native and former Clemson standout making13th start at the RBC (MC-2002, T16-2004, T47-2005, T12-2006, MC-2007, T7-2008, T26-2009, MC-2010, MC-2011, 69-2012, MC-2013, MC-2014).
    • Bill Haas – Greenville, South Carolina resident and 2011 FedExCup champion will be making his 11th start at the RBC Heritage, with a T24 in 2013 his best finish among four made cuts.
      Brian Harman – Savannah, Georgia native and University of Georgia grad received first RBC Heritage exemption in 2004 and another in 2006 after winning the 2005 Players Amateur. Missed the cut in ’04 and ’06, finished T70 in 2012, T59 in 2013 and T7 in 2014.
    • Charles Howell III – Two-time Junior Heritage Champion/Augusta, Georgia native making 10th career start at the tournament (T19-2002, MC-2003, T12-2008, T37-2009, T22-2010, MC-2011, T29-2012, MC-2013, T53-2014).
    • Kevin Kisner – Aiken, South Carolina native and resident and former University of Georgia Bulldog will be making his third start at the RBC Heritage (MC-2011, T38-2014).
    • Ben Martin – Grew up in Rome, Georgia before attending Clemson University. Finished T56 in 2011 and T3 in 2014 in his only previous starts at the RBC Heritage.
    • William McGirt – Lumberton, North Carolina native who attended Wofford College (Spartanburg, S.C.) is making his fifth start at the RBC Heritage (MC-2011, MC-2012, T88-2013, T9-2014). Owns two wins on the PGA TOUR.
    • Kyle Stanley – Former Clemson Tiger plays out of Bluffton’s Berkeley Hall GC. 2005 Sea Pines Junior Heritage champ is making his fifth start (MC-2011, T60-2012, MC-2013, MC-2014).SOURCE: PGA TOUR
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