HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC – RBC Heritage Tournament Officials have awarded sponsors exemptions to Tommy Gainey, Andrew Johnston and Sam Saunders. Earlier this year, exemptions were given to Mark Anderson, Bryson DeChambeau, Cheng Jin and Camilo Villegas. South Carolina’s only PGA TOUR event is being held April 10-16, 2017 over the famed Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Previous commitments include past champions Stewart Cink, Jim Furyk, Branden Grace, Matt Kuchar, Graeme McDowell, Brandt Snedeker and Boo Weekley. Fan favorites including Luke Donald, Jason Dufner, Ernie Els, Louis Oosthuizen, Ian Poulter and Webb Simpson are also scheduled to compete for a share of the $6.5 million purse.
Gainey goes by the name “Two Gloves” because he wears two golf gloves when he plays. The South Carolina native has earned one PGA TOUR victory at the nearby 2012 RSM Classic. He will be making his eighth start at Harbour Town.
Johnston is better known to PGA TOUR fans as “BEEF”. He was raised in London and turned pro in 2009. He has earned three International victories and will be making his first appearance at Harbour Town.
Saunders was on the leaderboard last week at the Puerto Rico Open and finished tied for fifth place. The Orlando, Florida native played golf at Clemson before turning pro in 2009. He is the grandson of the late Arnold Palmer, who won the first Heritage in 1969. Saunders will be competing at Harbour Town for the fourth time.
Daily tickets and weeklong badges for this year’s tournament are on sale online at www.rbcheritage.com or by calling the tournament office at (843) 671-2448 until March 31st. On April 1st, tickets must be purchased at the Hilton Head Island Chamber of Commerce office or at the Will Call/Ticket trailer located in the Harbour Town Golf Links parking lot. For hours of operation visit www.rbcheritage.com.