The RBC Heritage returns to Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina from June 18-21. It is the second event since the PGA Tour restart and should provide plenty of action. The top 5 highest ranked golfers in the world are all set to tee off, with Rory McIlroy in particular looking to have a strong showing following a lackluster Charles Schwab Challenge. As with last weekend’s event, the RBC Heritage will have no fans and practice strict social distancing and feature daily testing of players and caddies.
The tournament was first held in 1969 on what was then still a new course over Thanksgiving weekend. The tournament could have easily failed, but early commitments from leading players Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus led to considerable media buzz about the event. Palmer would win the inaugural event to kick off the tournament’s rich traditions. One particular tradition is that of the “Heritage Plaid” jacket, a tartan blazer given to each year’s winner in a nod to golf’s Scottish roots. Nicklaus would win the jacket in the 6th edition in 1975 on the course that he had helped to design. Other past winners include such greats as Tom Watson, Jim Furyk, Payne Stewart and Nick Faldo. Davis Lowe has been the most successful golfer at the tournament, winning 5 times from 1987 until his last title in 2003. Hale Irwin has three wins, with an amazing 21 year gap between his second win in 1973 and his last win in 1994. Other notable moments include David Frost finishing the tournament with 92 putts, the fewest ever in a 72 hole PGA Tour event. It was also the site of Jim Furyk’s playoff win over Brian Davis after Davis had the integrity and sportsmanship to call a two-stroke penalty on himself for touching a loose impediment during his back swing. The Tournament is also one of 5 PGA Tour events that are invitationals, with a reduced field and no open qualifying.
Television coverage is provided by Golf Channel and CBS. Thursday and Friday coverage is 3-6pm ET on the Golf Channel. Saturday and Sunday begins on Golf Channel 1-3pm ET, before ending on CBS on 3-6pm ET. The event is also streaming on PGA Tour Live and features coverage of select groups and holes. Radio coverage is provided by PGA Tour RAdio on SiriusXM satellite radio and streaming online.