Aaron Baddeley, Scott Brown, Geoff Ogilvy and Jordan Spieth have committed to play in the 46th annual RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing to be contested over the famed Harbour Town Golf Links, tournament officials announced Tuesday. Opening ceremonies for South Carolina’s only PGA TOUR event will be at noon Monday at the Hilton Head Island course.
Defending champion Graeme McDowell as well as other notables Stewart Cink, Luke Donald, Ernie Els, Nick Faldo, Jim Furyk, Bill Haas, Matt Kuchar, Davis Love III, Vijay Singh, Brandt Snedeker, Tom Watson and Boo Weekley have also committed to play in the tournament.
Baddeley won his first event on the PGA TOUR at the 2006 RBC Heritage, Brown is a University of South Carolina-Aiken graduate, Ogilvy is making his ninth start at Harbour Town, and Spieth received a sponsor’s exemption into last year’s RBC Heritage where he finished tied for ninth. The Dallas, Texas native turned professional midway through his sophomore year at the University of Texas and was named PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year in 2013.
Prior to the beginning of the 2014 season, the PGA TOUR updated the required security and safety requirements for all PGA TOUR sanctioned tournaments. Security personal will be screening all spectators by wanding them at tournament checkpoints including the shuttle bus parking lots, the main entrance, and several other golf course access points. Among other restrictions, no bags larger than a small purse 6 x 6 inches will be allowed.
The RBC Heritage is providing lanyards to all spectators. Tickets and badges must be displayed from lanyards at all times. Security will be checking to make sure everyone on the golf course is wearing a tournament badge or ticket.
“The safety and well-being of all of our sponsors and spectators is of the utmost importance,” said Tournament Director Steve Wilmot. “We ask that everyone cooperate with the revised standard tournament policies.”
The Heritage Classic Foundation, general tournament sponsor, distributes the proceeds from the tournament to hundreds of non-profit organizations. Since 1987, the Foundation has donated more than $26 million to people in need, according to a press release from the organization.