Three golfers who played their college golf in North Carolina have committed to the RBC Heritage, to be contested April 15-21 over the famed Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island. Bill Haas, Webb Simpson and Kevin Streelman are the latest golfers to add their names to the growing field, tournament officials announced Thursday.
The trio will be joined by other PGA TOUR professionals including defending champ Carl Pettersson, KJ Choi, Nicolas Colsaerts, John Daly, Luke Donald, Ernie Els, Jim Furyk, Brian Gay, Martin Kaymer, Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan, Graeme McDowell, Brandt Snedeker and Boo Weekley. The entire group will be shooting for the top prize of $1,044,000 from a purse of $5,800,000.
Haas, the 2011 FedExCup winner, has not missed the Harbour Town event since finishing Q-school in 2005. He has a long relationship with the Heritage Classic Foundation, which also oversees the Players Amateur. Haas won that event in 2002 while a golfer at Wake Forest University.
Simpson was born in Raleigh and now calls Charlotte home. He has three wins on the PGA TOUR, including last year’s US Open. The Wake Forest alum will be making his fourth appearance at Harbour Town.
Streelman, who grabbed his first PGA TOUR win at last week’s Tampa Bay Championship, graduated from Duke in 2001 and joined the PGA TOUR in 2008. He will be competing in the RBC Heritage for the fifth time.
Daily tickets and tournament badges for the RBC Heritage are on sale online at www.rbcheritage.com.