Carl Pettersson will defend his title at the 45th annual RBC Heritage to be contested April 15-21 over the famed Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island, tournament officials announced Friday. Six other past champions are making early commitments to the only PGA TOUR stop in South Carolina.
Other former RBC Heritage winners slated to compete for the top prize of $1,044,000 from a purse of $5,800,000 are two-time champions Stewart Cink and Boo Weekley, plus Brandt Snedeker, Jim Furyk, Glen Day and Justin Leonard.
The RBC Heritage win tied Pettersson with Jesper Parnevik for most wins on the PGA TOUR by a Swedish player, although he now lives in Raleigh, N.C. and is a US citizen.
The RBC Heritage has a major economic impact on the coastal town that has been its home since 1969, according to a study by the Lowcountry and Resort Islands Tourism Institute of the University of South Carolina Beaufort.
Attendees at the 2012 RBC Heritage were treated to an unusual sight when a Boeing 787 Dreamliner made a pass over the Harbour Town Golf Links.
The Dreamliner flew in over the tee box at about 1,000 feet above the fairway before heading away from the signature lighthouse that guards the finishing hole at the Hilton Head Island golf course.
Boeing is a presenting sponsor of the RBC Heritage and some of the Boeing 787 Dreamliners are now assembled in Boeing’s North Charleston facility. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley was instrumental in helping secure sponsorship for the 2012 tournament and for bringing both RBC and Boeing on board as new sponsors.