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International stars say they'll play Heritage

Englishman Luke Donald will return to the Heritage next week for another shot at a tartan jacket after near misses the past two years.

Donald, who finished tied for second in 2009 and tied for third in 2010, was among five international commitments revealed by tournament officials Monday. Ernie Els, Peter Hanson, Henrick Stenson and Mike Weir have also committed to play at Harbour Town Golf Links.

Donald might be among the early favorites. He earned his third career PGA Tour victory at this year's Accenture Match Play Championship and last week finished tied for fourth at the Masters. Donald is currently No. 3 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Els will be making his 12th appearance at Harbour Town, where the South African owns seven top-10 finishes. After a third-place finish on the 2010 money list, Els has made cuts in all eight events he's played in 2011.

Hanson, a Swede, will make his first appearance at Harbour Town. The No. 42 player in the world has won five times worldwide since turning professional in 1998.

Stenson will also be making his first appearance at the Heritage. The 35-year-old has won twice on the PGA Tour, including the 2009 Players Championship.

Weir will make his third appearance at Harbour Town. The Canadian and Utah resident has won eight times on the PGA Tour. He missed much of 2010 with a partial ligament tear in his right elbow and finished outside the top 125 for the first time since his rookie year in 1998. In his first tournament of 2011, he finished sixth at the Bob Hope Classic after a final-round 66.

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