HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (February 16, 2012) – Brandt Snedeker will defend his title at the 44th annual RBC Heritage, April 9-15 over the famed Harbour Town Golf Links. The former Vanderbilt star is joined by five other past champions who are making early commitments to the only PGA TOUR stop in South Carolina.

The other former Heritage winners slated to compete are two-time champions Stewart Cink and Boo Weekley, plus Jim Furyk, Brian Gay and Glen Day.

The entire group will be shooting for the top prize of id="mce_marker",026,000 from a purse of $5,700,000.

RBC is the title sponsor of this year’s event, and has signed a five-year sponsorship agreement. The Boeing Company has also made a five-year commitment as the tournament’s first presenting sponsor.

Snedeker is off to a fast start this season having already won the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. Brandt broke into the Harbour Town winner’s circle last April by firing a final round seven-under par 64 to tie Player of the Year Luke Donald and then go on to defeat him in a playoff.

Cink, former British Open Champion, captured the Heritage in 2000 and 2004. Weekley is the last to win back-to-back titles in 2007 and 2008. Gay, the 2009 winner, enjoyed the largest lead over the field, 10 strokes. Furyk, the 2010 victor, as well as 1999 champion Day, both won after playoffs.

Daily tickets and weeklong badges for this year’s tournament are now on sale online at www.rbcheritage.com or by calling the tournament office at (843) 671-2448.   The Hilton Head • Bluffton Chamber of Commerce is selling tickets at their mid-island location and at the Hilton Head Island Welcome Center. The Town of Bluffton Office at 20 Bridge Street is also a Ticket Outlet.

RBC Heritage is the only PGA TOUR event in South Carolina.  Played over the Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island since 1969, the event is celebrating its 44th year April 9-15, 2012.  The Heritage Classic Foundation, general tournament sponsor, distributes the proceeds from the tournament to hundreds of non-profit organizations. Since it was founded as a 501 (c)(3) in 1987, the Foundation has donated more than $22 million to people in need.  For information on how to "Get Your Plaid On", call 843.671.2448, visit rbcheritage.com or Facebook (Heritage Classic Foundation, William Willie Innes) and Twitter (@WillieHeritage).

 

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