Watson, Faldo commit to Heritage

sports@islandpacket.comMarch 26, 2014 

1989 Master's champion Nick Faldo watches his tee shot on No. 6 at the Heritage Pro-Am on April 12, 1989.

JEFF SANFORD — Staff photo

Past champions Tom Watson and Nick Faldo will return to Hilton Head Island in April, the latest players to commit to the RBC Heritage presented by Boeing. The pair of Hall of Fame players decided to come back for the 46th edition of the tournament, which will be held from April 17-20 at Harbour Town Golf Links.

"These past champions have been household names for 40 years," tournament director Steve Wilmot said in a news release. "Their memorable moments at Harbour Town have enriched our tournament's history."

Known officially as Sir Nicholas Faldo since he was granted knighthood in 2009 by Queen Elizabeth II, English-born Faldo won at the Heritage in 1984. He has nine PGA Tour victories, including three Masters and three British Open championships. He has not played a PGA Tour event in the United States since 2006, when he began working as a CBS Sports golf analyst.

Watson brings a legacy of 39 wins and 14 Champions Tour victories. He has won twice at the Heritage, in 1979 and 1982 in a playoff. He has started at Harbour Town 23 previous times, the last in 2001.

Faldo and Watson both were inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1988. They will join defending champion Graeme McDowell in the RBC Heritage, along with other notable PGA Tour players, including Stewart Cink, Luke Donald, Ernie Els, Jim Furyk, Matt Kuchar, Davis Love III, Vijay Singh, Brandt Snedeker and Boo Weekley.

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