Five Former Major Winners Commit to Play in RBC Heritage


Five past winners of PGA TOUR majors have committed to play in the 2012 RBC Heritage April 9-15 over the Harbour Town Golf Links. Ernie Els, John Daly, Padraig Harrington, Justin Leonard and Lee Janzen will all be competing in the 44th annual event now sponsored by RBC and Presented by Boeing.

They will be joined by former Heritage winners, including defending champ Brandt Snedeker, Stewart Cink, Glen Day, Brian Gay, Jim Furyk and Boo Weekley. The entire group will be shooting for the top prize of $1,026,000 from a purse of $5,700,000.

South African Ernie Els is a favorite on Hilton Head and is also an RBC Ambassador. He has competed at Harbour Town a dozen times and finished in the top ten seven times. Since turning pro in 1989, he has won more than 60 tournaments all around the world including two US Opens and an Open Championship.  In 2009, during Heritage week, he announced the creation of the Els for Autism Foundation with his son Ben, who is autistic, driving the force behind the mission.

Another Hilton Head fan favorite, John Daly joined the PGA TOUR in 1991 and won the PGA TOUR Championship that same year.  Since then he has won four more times on the PGA TOUR, most recently in 2004 at the Buick Invitational.   In 2011, he carded his first top ten finish since 2005 at the RBC Canadian Open.  Daly has played Harbour Town eight times since 1993 and has only missed the cut twice.  

Padraig Harrington has carded five wins on the PGA TOUR including back-to-back British Open victories in 2007 and 2008.  In 2008, he also won the PGA Championship.   He has also been successful playing overseas with sixteen international victories spanning fifteen years.  The Irishman, from Dublin, has not played Harbour Town since his first visit in 2001.

Justin Leonard has won twelve times on the PGA TOUR since turning pro in 1994.  The Dallas, Texas native donned the Tartan Jacket in 2002 when he won at Harbour Town by beating Heath Slocum by one stroke.  He has competed in the RBC Heritage fourteen times and has earned close to $1 million dollars here.   He won the British Open in 1997 at the age of 25, making him one of the youngest British Open winners in history. 

Lee Janzen hasn't missed an RBC Heritage since 1994.  His best finish at Harbour Town was in 2009 when he tied for fourth place.   The Orlando, Florida resident turned pro in 1986 and was a standout on the TOUR in the 1990's earning eight wins, including the 1993 and 1998 US Opens.  He has earned over $15.5 million over the course of his career.

Daily tickets and weeklong badges for this year's tournament are now on sale online at or by calling the tournament office at (843) 671-2448.   The Hilton Head • Bluffton Chamber of Commerce is selling tickets at their mid-island location and at the Hilton Head Island Welcome Center.  The Town of Bluffton Office at 20 Bridge Street is also a Ticket Outlet.  


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