The 48th annual RBC Heritage Golf Tournament kicked-off on Monday morning, as 2015 champion Jim Furyk teed-off on the 18th fairway of the Harbour Town Golf Course, as the traditional cannon fired into the Calibogue Sound.
“I’m telling you the ground–I don’t know how it felt from the peripheral– but the ground shook after it hit impact and I jumped. It was quite loud,” Furyk said.
“I didn’t hit it very well. I actually didn’t hit the tee. I hit the sand below it and kind of popped it up a little bit,” Furyk said.
Furyk will not play in this year’s PGA Tour stop in South Carolina, because he is recovering from wrist surgery. However, he will watch as a spectator, as others do and have for years.
“I love the golf course. I love the fact that you really have to maneuver the golf ball, hit a lot of different shots around this place,” Furyk says.
Even some tournament volunteers, like Hilton Head Island resident Jessie Iverson, say they keep coming back to see the golf game each year.
“I’ve been volunteering for 16 years. I’ve been on this 18th hole for 7 years,” Iverson says.
“I think the Heritage is part and parcel to the identity of Hilton Head just like the lighthouse is. They all go together,” he says.
On Monday afternoon, players teed-off for the Pro-Am Tournament. Practice rounds begin Tuesday morning, with other events like a putting contest and kids’ activities. The First Round of the tournament begins Thursday morning. Follow NEWS 3’s continuing coverage of the Lowcountry event throughout the week.