Former Clemson golfers Jonathan Byrd, Lucas Glover and Kyle Stanley have committed to the 45th annual RBC Heritage, to be contested April 15-21 over the Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island, tournament officials announced Thursday.
The trio will join PGA TOUR professionals who have already added their names to the commitment list, including defending champion Carl Pettersson, KJ Choi, John Daly, Luke Donald, Ernie Els, Jim Furyk, Brian Gay, Martin Kaymer, Hunter Mahan, Graeme McDowell, Brandt Snedeker and Boo Weekley.
Byrd grew up in Anderson, S.C., and while competing on the Clemson University golf team earned a spot on the 1999 Walker Cup Team. The St. Simons Island resident competed in 10 consecutive RBC Heritage tournaments before missing the 2012 event because of the birth of his third child.
Glover grew up in Greenville, S.C., and was named the 2001 Walker Cup team while at Clemson. He has three victories on the PGA TOUR including the 2009 US Open and has competed at Harbour Town 10 times.
Stanley, who until recently owned a home at Berkeley Hall in nearby Bluffton, is originally from Gig Harbor, Wash., but moved to South Carolina in high school before attending Clemson. He competed in both the Sea Pines Junior Heritage, winning in 2005, and the Players Amateur which is held each year at Berkeley Hall. He earned his first PGA TOUR victory last season at the Waste Management Phoenix Open and has competed at Harbour Town twice.
The players will be shooting for the top prize of $1,044,000 from a purse of $5,800,000.
In an effort to reduce traffic congestion and leverage Hilton Head Island and Sea Pines Resort’s existing pathways networks, tournament officials also announced this week that access to The Sea Pines Resort by bicycle will be encouraged for RBC Heritage ticket holders and volunteers.
Tournament and volunteer badges must be presented for entry into The Sea Pines Resort and free bike parking will be available on the tennis courts at Harbour Town and in the parking lot near the 13th green off Plantation Drive.