Teenager Spieth will play in RBC Heritage

19-year-old gets in on sponsor's exemption

sports@islandpacket.comMarch 27, 2013 

Tampa Bay Championship Golf

Jordan Spieth tees off on the 11th hole during the final round of the Tampa Bay Championship golf tournament Sunday in Palm Harbor, Fla.

CHRIS O'MEARA — Associated Press

Teenage sensation Jordan Spieth will compete in the 45th annual RBC Heritage Presented By Boeing, taking place April 15-21 over the famed Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island thanks to a sponsors exemption.

The RBC Heritage only has four exemptions to award this year compared to the usual eight due to changes made by the PGA Tour. Exemptions have already been awarded to Camilo Villegas and Players Amateur Champion Daniel Nisbet.

Nineteen-year-old Spieth officially joined the PGA Tour late last week as a special temporary member, which means he is eligible for an unlimited number of sponsor exemptions in 2013. The temporary status makes him the youngest player on tour, but that hasn't stopped him from competing like a veteran. He has played in four events this season, has made three cuts, earned two top 10s and has made more than $500,000. He announced his commitment to the RBC Heritage on Wednesday during a media conference at the Shell Houston Open.

The Dallas, Texas native's early success on the PGA Tour has come after a successful amateur career. He is the only golfer other than Tiger Woods to have won the U.S. Junior Amateur multiple times. He played college golf at the University of Texas and in his freshman year helped his team win the NCAA Division I Championship. He tied for 21st and was the low amateur at last year's U.S. Open.

The RBC Heritage is the only PGA Tour event in South Carolina and has been played at the Harbour Town Golf Links since 1969.

The Heritage Classic Foundation, the general tournament sponsor, distributes the proceeds from the tournament to hundreds of nonprofit organizations. Since it was founded as a 501 (c)(3) in 1987, the Foundation has donated more than $23.5 million to people in need.

Tickets: Daily tickets and weeklong badges for this year's tournament are now on sale online at www.rbcheritage.com or by calling the tournament office at 843-671-2448.

THE FIELD

The field, so far, for the 45th annual RBC Heritage, held April 15 to 21 at Hilton Head Island's Harbour Town Golf Links (*denotes former champion):

Robert Allenby

Stephen Ames

Stuart Appleby

K.J Choi

Jonathan Byrd

Stewart Cink*

Nicolas Colsaerts

Glen Day*

Graham DeLaet

Luke Donald

Ernie Els

Jim Furyk*

Tommy Gainey

Lucas Glover

Luke Guthrie

Bill Haas

David Hearn

Charles Howell III

Martin Kaymer

Matt Kuchar

Justin Leonard*

David Lynn

Graeme McDowell

Daniel Nesbit

Carl Pettersson*

Rory Sabbatini

Webb Simpson

Vijay Singh

Brandt Snedeker*

Jordan Spieth

Kyle Stanley

Kevin Streelman

Michael Thompson

Carmilo Villegas

Boo Weekley*

Mike Weir

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