Luke Donald, Brian Gay, Jamie Lovemark, Sean O’Hair and Ian Poulter have all committed to the 48th annual RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing, South Carolina’s only PGA TOUR event, tournament officials announced Tuesday. The field for the April 11-17 field, which will be contested over the Harbour Town Golf Links, also includes commitments from Jason Day, Ernie Els, Branden Grace, Bill Haas, Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Davis Love III, Graeme McDowell and Brandt Snedeker.
Donald is making his 11th start, has only missed the cut two times and has carded five top-ten finishes previously at Harbour Town. Gay won the 2009 RBC Heritage by a record 10 strokes, topping Davis Love III’s seven-stroke win in 1998.Lovemark is making his first start at Harbour Town and O’Hair has competed in the RBC Heritage seven times with two top-ten finishes. Poulter will be making his sixth appearance at Harbour Town.
The 2015 event was the first to require general spectators park at Honey Horn and take a shuttle to Sea Pines. Most spectators found the travel time to be much quicker getting to the golf course without sitting in traffic, except for residents and who were already near Sea Pines. Parking at Honey Horn will continue for the 2016 event but tournament officials will add shuttle service from Coligny Plaza.
When the RBC Heritage begins April 11, visitors and locals will be able to board a new shuttle service at Coligny’s Beach parking lot and take it all the way into the heart of Harbour Town, thanks to a new partnership between the Town of Hilton Head Island, Coligny Plaza and the RBC Heritage.
This complimentary shuttle, provided by the RBC Heritage, provides a swift entry to the tournament, thanks to available space at Coligny Plaza, as well as Coligny Beach. Parking will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and will still be available to beach guests and Coligny customers. Golf fans can skip the car altogether and ride their bikes or walk to the shuttle pick-up location where bike racks are also available. Shuttle service will run regularly between 6:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. Monday, April 11, through Sunday, April 17, according to information supplied by tournament officials.