HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC – Aaron Baddeley, Stewart Cink, Glen Day, Brian Gay, Davis Love III and Carl Pettersson are the latest past champions to commit to the 50th annual RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing. South Carolina’s annual PGA TOUR event is being held April 9-15 over the famed Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island, S.C.
They will join a field that already includes defending champion Wesley Bryan and Team RBC Ambassador and number one ranked player in the world Dustin Johnson. Team RBC Ambassadors and past champions Jim Furyk, Matt Kuchar, Graeme McDowell and Brandt Snedeker are also vying for a chance to win another Tartan jacket.
Baddeley’s first win on the PGA TOUR came at the 2006 Heritage. He has won three other times since then. He was born in New Hampshire but moved to Australia when he was two. He has earned four international victories in Australia and will be making his 14th start at Harbour Town.
Cink is a 2-time RBC Heritage champion, winning his first time competing at Harbour Town in 2000 and again in 2004. He has earned four additional titles on the PGA TOUR, including the 2009 British Open. In 2017, he was named the Payne Stewart Award winner. It is presented annually to a professional golfer who best exemplifies Stewart's steadfast values of character, charity and sportsmanship. He will be making his 19th consecutive start at Harbour Town.
Day’s career on the PGA TOUR began in 1994. He defeated Payne Stewart and Jeff Sluman in a play-off to win at Harbour Town in 1999. He will be competing in his 23rd RBC Heritage.
Gay won the 2009 RBC Heritage by a record 10 strokes, topping Davis Love III's seven-stroke win in 1998. His 20-under 264 total broke Loren Roberts' previous tournament scoring record of 19-under in 1996. He has won five times on the PGA TOUR and will be making his 18th start at Harbour Town.
Love won his first PGA TOUR tournament since 2008 at the 2015 Wyndham Championship. The University of North Carolina graduate has earned 21 PGA TOUR victories, including five wins at Harbour Town Golf Links. The Sea Island resident was only 23 when he won his first in 1987, making him the youngest champion. The 2016 Ryder Cup captain will be celebrating his 30th start at the RBC Heritage with his son Dru who is will be competing for the first time. It will be the first time three generations have competed at Harbour Town because Davis’ dad played in 1969 and again in 1970.
Pettersson’s 2012 victory at the RBC Heritage was his fifth on the PGA TOUR. The win tied him with Jesper Parnevik for most wins on the PGA TOUR by a Swedish player. Carl moved to Greensboro, NC with his family in high school and later attended NC State. He will be making his 16th consecutive start at the RBC Heritage on a sponsors exemption.
For more information on the 50th annual RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing tournament, visit rbcheritage.com or call 843.671.2448.
About the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing
Celebrating its 50th year in 2018, 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 9-15, 2018. 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 $38 million to people in need. For information on how to “Cheers to 50 Years,” and "Get Your Plaid On!” call 843.671.2448, visit www.rbcheritage.com or Facebook (RBC Heritage) and Twitter (@RBC_Heritage).