2018 CHAMPION SATOSHI KODAIRA WILL DEFEND HIS TITLE AT THE 51st RBC HERITAGE

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Japan’s Satoshi Kodaira will be making his second start at Harbour Town Golf Links to defend his title at the 51st RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing. South Carolina’s only PGA TOUR event is taking place April 15-21, 2019 on Hilton Head Island.  

The announcement was made at Monday’s Media Day held at the famed Harbour Town Golf Links.

Kodaira made a 25-foot birdie putt on the third playoff hole of the 2018 RBC Heritage to defeat Si Woo Kim after coming from six shots behind in the final round for his first PGA TOUR victory. Kodaira had finished off his round of 66 to get to 12 under par about an hour before Kim finished. The Tokyo native matched Kim with two pars on the 18th hole before rolling in his winning putt on the par-3 17th.  Kim came up short on his 21-footer for birdie to keep the playoff going.

Kodaira’s 63 on Friday was the lowest round of the 2018 RBC Heritage. The 29-year-old has earned eight international victories and his World Golf Ranking is currently 58.

For more information on the 51st annual RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing tournament, visit rbcheritage.com or call 843.671.2448.  

About the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing
Celebrating its 51st year in 2019, the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing 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 set for April 15-21, 2019. The Heritage Classic Foundation, general tournament sponsor, distributes the proceeds from the tournament to hundreds of nonprofit organizations. Since it was founded as a 501 (c)(3) in 1987, the Foundation has distributed $41 million to people in need. For information on how to "Get Your Plaid On!” call 843.671.2448, visit www.rbcheritage.com or Facebook (RBC Heritage) and Twitter (@RBC_Heritage).