First Look: RBC Legacy

THE PLAYERS Championship winner Cameron Smith features a strong field at 54th RBC Heritage that includes five of the top 10 players in the world.

Stewart Cink returns to defend his 2021 triumph, which marked his second TOUR victory of the season.

DOMAIN REMARKS: Lots of firepower will move from Augusta to Hilton Head for the RBC Heritage, including Smith, Justin Thomas, Patrick Cantlay, Dustin Johnson and world No. 3 Collin Morikawa…Jordan Spieth heads to the RBC Heritage after a missed cut at Augusta National, his first career early exit from the Masters… Defending US Amateur winner James Piot will set it in motion… A handful of pros with South Carolina ties are hoping for some love with the State of Origin including Aiken’s Kevin Kisner, North Augusta’s Matthew NeSmith, Columbia’s Wesley Bryan and Lucas Glover’s Greenville…Cink, who enjoyed a career resurgence last season as he nears age 50, is back to defend his title. Including Cink, each of RBC Heritage’s last nine winners is set to make it… There’s no qualifying on Monday… Other notables include International Presidents Cup hopefuls Joaquin Niemann, Abraham Ancer and Corey Conners – who finished T4 last year – in addition to Ryder Cuppers Daniel Berger, Matt Fitzpatrick, Tommy Fleetwood, Ian Poulter and Shane Lowry… Both 2023 Ryder Cup captains will be on the pitch, as Zach Johnson makes his 17th start in Harbor Town and Henrik Stenson makes his first since 2012.

FEDEXCUP: The winner receives 500 FedExCup points.

CLASSES: Harbor Town Golf Links, par 71, 7,121 yards (distance subject to change). The Pete Dye/Jack Nicklaus design has hosted the RBC Heritage since the 1960s and continues to challenge the world’s best players with its small and contoured putting surfaces, overhanging mossy oaks, narrow fairways and strategically placed bunkers.

STORY LINES: Morgan Hoffmann will return to the PGA TOUR for the first time since 2019. Hoffmann suffers from muscular dystrophy and has three starts left on a major medical extension… Webb Simpson hopes his fine form at Harbor Town will continue. Simpson, who won in 2020, notched seven top 10s in 12 RBC Heritage appearances, including his win… Players who finish in the top 10 at the Masters and are not otherwise eligible to join the pack at Harbor Town will earn their way down the court … Cink’s victory by four strokes last year was the biggest margin of victory at RBC Heritage in a decade. He’s looking to become the first player to win back-to-back at Hilton Head since Boo Weekley in 2007-08…Half of Comcast Business TOUR TOP 10 players set to play at Harbor Town as FedExCup race picks up speed higher in the spring.

72-HOLE RECORD: 262, Webb Simpson (2020)

RECORD 18 HOLES: 61, David Frost (Round 2, 1994), Troy Merritt (Round 2, 2015).

LAST TIME: Stewart Cink, 47, won for the second time in 2020-21, earning a four-stroke victory after starting the week with straight rounds of 63. Cink, who won the Fortinet Championship the previous fall for his first TOUR title in 11 years, celebrated another TOUR victory with his son Reagan on his bag (the duo continue to put their feet together on the fairway and celebrated an ace at the Masters on Friday – Reagan’s 24th birthday, nothing less). It was Cink’s third win at Harbor Town – others to come in 2000 and 2004. Cink’s 1-under 70 on Sunday was enough to hold off a Harold Varner III, who shot 5-under 66. Varner finished T2 with Emiliano Grillo. Maverick McNealy and Matt Fitzpatrick. Corey Conners finished two strokes further at 13 under, rounding out the top five. Defending champion Webb Simpson fired the low round of the day on Saturday, 7-under 64, en route to a T9 finish.


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