HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC – Tournament Officials recently announced Mark Anderson, Bryson DeChambeau, Cheng Jin and Camilo Villegas have all been granted sponsors’ exemptions into the 49th annual RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing. 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 and Webb Simpson are also scheduled to compete for a share of the $6.5 million purse.
Anderson grew up in Beaufort, South Carolina and competed in the Junior Heritage as a youth. He earned his first exemption into the 2009 RBC Heritage after winning the 2008 Players Amateur, held in Bluffton, South Carolina. He has earned one win on the Web.com TOUR at the 2013 BMW Charity Pro-Am held in Greenville, South Carolina. He will be making his sixth start at Harbour Town.
DeChambeau grabbed the golf world’s attention after he won at the 2015 U.S. Amateur and the NCAA Division 1 Championship. He is only the fifth player in history to win both in the same year. The 23-year-old attended Southern Methodist University as a Physics major. His love of science plays a role in his golf game. He is called the “Mad Scientist of Golf” because he takes a scientific approach to the game. He made his professional debut at the 2016 RBC Heritage and wore a Ben Hogan style cap in the tournament’s signature plaid. He finished tied for 4th place.
Jin earned his sponsors’ exemption by winning last summer’s Players Amateur at Berkeley Hall Golf Club. The Beijing native, who is a freshman at the University of Southern California, has an impressive list of international wins. He won the PGA TOUR China's 2014 Nine Dragons Open, becoming the first amateur ever to win a PGA TOUR China event. In 2015, a course record 62 in the first round helped him win the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship. That victory earned him a spot in the 2016 Masters.
Villegas grew up in Medellin, Colombia and played golf for the University of Florida. He now lives in Jupiter, Florida. He has four PGA TOUR victories and two International wins. He competed in his first RBC Heritage in 2006 and is making his eleventh start. He has carded three top-tens at Harbour Town.
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.
About the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing
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 celebrating its 49th year April 10-16, 2017. 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 donated $35 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).