Heritage Tour stop lands RBC for five years

By Associated PressJune 16, 2011, 5:54 pm

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The Heritage announced Thursday that RBC will serve as its new title sponsor, ensuring the PGA Tour will continue to make an annual stop in South Carolina for the next five years.

Officials said the tournament at Hilton Head Island will be renamed the RBC-Heritage through 2016. Boeing Co., which has opened a massive production plant in the state, will serve as a local sponsor.

RBC is the name used by the umbrella company that includes the Royal Bank of Canada and its subsidiaries.

Traditionally played the week after the Masters, the Heritage is often associated with the iconic lighthouse near the 18th green at Harbour Town Golf Links. It had been looking for a title sponsor since Verizon pulled out after last year’s tournament.

The Heritage, a PGA Tour fixture since 1969, had been without a title sponsor and desperately seeking the $8 million or so it would take to underwrite the tournament. Tour and event officials had called it imperative to find a backer for the world’s best golfers to return in 2012.

The Heritage Classic Foundation cobbled together $4 million in reserves and $1 million in local government help to hold the tournament this past April. That was not feasible for 2012. The foundation depleted its funds, and while Gov. Nikki Haley pledged support for the event, she said taxpayer money was not an option to keep it going.

The island was a little thought of spot at the bottom of the state when Pete Dye crafted the Harbour Town course. It’s less than 7,000 yards, yet its fairways are tight, its green are small and fast, and the wind off Calibogue Sound typically makes the final three holes some of the most difficult on the tour.

Arnold Palmer won the inaugural event in 1969, and the list of champions includes Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Nick Faldo and Greg Norman.

Seven of the top 20 players took part in this year’s tournament. No. 3 Luke Donald had the chance to rise to No. 1 before losing in a dramatic, three-hole playoff to Brandt Snedeker.

The Heritage is one of South Carolina’s few annual national sporting events, alongside NASCAR’s Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway and the WTA’s Family Circle Cup playing in Charleston.

In July, the Heritage Classic Foundation released a study that found the 2010 golf tournament brought nearly $82 million to South Carolina and the coastal region. The survey was conducted by Clemson’s International Institute for Tourism Research and Development with help from USC Beaufort.

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Tiger Tracker: Tour Championship

By Tiger TrackerSeptember 21, 2018, 7:02 pm

Tiger Woods is looking to close his season with a win at the Tour Championship. We're tracking him this week at East Lake Golf Club.


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Tiger gets rapper Big Boi's support during opening 65

By Grill Room TeamSeptember 21, 2018, 6:00 pm

Tiger Woods fans everywhere were buzzing during his opening 65 at the Tour Championship, and that includes Atlanta hip-hop legend Big Boi, who was supporting the 14-time major champ from the East Lake gallery.

Perhaps best known as one half of the rap duo "Outkast" along with André 3000, Big Boi played the part of Woods superfan on Thursday, following Tiger around the course and posting videos on Twitter, before eventually stopping for a chat and a few pictures after the round.

Big Boi, who kicked off the Tour Championship with a performance at the event’s opening ceremonies, is hardly the first hip-hop superstar to buddy up to Woods - who could forget these incredible pictures with Snoop Dogg?

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After Web.com Tour Finals, Peterson retires ... again

By Ryan LavnerSeptember 21, 2018, 5:50 pm

OK, now it’s official: John Peterson is done with professional golf.  

With one last chance to secure his PGA Tour card for next season, Peterson missed the cut in the season-ending Web.com Tour Championship. After failing to keep conditional status on Tour – in the most excruciating of circumstances – Peterson is now out of options to play the big tour in 2019, so he’s stepping away from professional golf, at age 29.


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It’s been one of the most unusual storylines of the year. The former NCAA individual champion from LSU announced at the beginning of the year that he was done if he didn’t keep his card on his major medical extension. He’d grown tired of the nomadic existence on Tour, and as a new father and husband, he’d already lined up his next career, in real estate and business development in his hometown of Fort Worth, Texas.

In July, Peterson said that the Web.com Tour Finals would be his final opportunity. If he earned a full PGA Tour card through the four-event series, then he’d continue to play in 2018-19 because he’d be able to pick and choose his schedule. But he never threatened full status, missing three cuts and tying for 56th in the other start.

And so on Friday afternoon, Peterson tapped out this tweet, saying goodbye to the Tour:

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Army vets get sneak peek at Callaway's new wedges

By Rex HoggardSeptember 21, 2018, 5:23 pm

ATLANTA – Callaway Golf unveiled a new set of wedges to consumers on Friday, but U.S. Army veterans Kyle Butcher and Billy Paul were treated to an early peak on Wednesday at the Tour Championship.

Butcher and Paul were chosen to participate in a club fitting at East Lake that included three of Callaway’s new Mack Daddy 4 Tactical Wedges. The new wedges feature the company’s tactical package with a PVD finish, tour issued shafts and Groove-in-Groove technology. It was the company’s 13th “warrior fitting” this year.


Billy Paul (L) and Kyle Butcher checking out Callaway’s new Mack Daddy 4 Tactical Wedges.

Billy Paul (L) and Kyle Butcher (M) checking out Callaway's new Mack Daddy 4 wedges


The limited edition wedges became available at retail on Friday ($179.99) and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Birdies for the Brave. The company also made a $50,000 donation to Birdies for the Brave’s Special Operations Warriors Foundation.

Part of the company’s push to honor American military members also includes 15 percent discounts on purchases by all veterans.