WORLDCOM Classic Boosts Purse for 2001


Tournament director Steve Wilmot announced in early February that the purse for the 2001 WORLDCOM Classic - The Heritage of Golf will increase by $500,000 this season.
That markup will put the total dollars on the plate at Harbour Town Golf Links (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) at $3.5 million. The winner's share alone will jump by $90,000 to $630,000.
The tournament is in it's 32nd year in existence. Arnold Palmer claimed the first championship in 1969. In '92, the event's total purse for the first time hit the $1 million mark. It has climbed ever since.
While Stewart Cink returns this year as the defending champion, Davis Love III is the only man to have won this event four times. Hale Irwin has claimed victory on three occasions, while Johnny Miller, Hubert Green, Tom Watson, Fuzzy Zoeller and Payne Stewart have championed here twice.
Love will make the trek to Hilton Head this year, following a missed cut at The Masters. Also in attendance this week are Thomas Bjorn, Nick Price, Adam Scott, Gary Nicklaus, Aaron Baddeley and John Daly.
Masters' runner-ups Phil Mickelson and David Duval will not play this week.
Harbour Town Golf Links is one of the truly good courses on which the PGA Tour visits every year. Jack Nicklaus consulted with Pete Dye for its construction, and it lays out over some 6,976 yards and plays to a par of 71.
Be sure not to miss live coverage of this year's WORLDCOM Classic on The Golf Channel.