Dustin Johnson to make first RBC Heritage start since 2009
World No. 1 Dustin Johnson has put the RBC Heritage on his schedule this season, the first time he’ll play the PGA TOUR event in his native South Carolina since 2009. Johnson made the announcement after becoming the latest RBC brand ambassador, joining a team that includes more than a dozen players across multiple Tours. “This year will be the first time in a long time I’ve gone back to my home state of South Carolina to play the RBC Heritage, so I’m very excited about that,” Johnson told Golf Channel. Johnson, among the longest hitters on TOUR, has made two career starts at Harbour Town Golf Links, considered one of the TOUR’s premier shotmakers’ courses. He missed the cut in both 2008 and 2009. RBC also sponsors the RBC Canadian Open, an event Johnson has played five times, including the last two years when he finished inside the top 10. Johnson also has that tournament on his schedule again this year. Johnson sits seventh on the FedExCup standings in 2017-18 and said he is “grateful” for RBC’s ongoing support. “Their commitment to the game of golf … you can’t ask for any more,” he said of the Canadian bank. “Now that my relationship with RBC has expanded to brand ambassador, I can’t wait to achieve more milestones together.” Mary DePaoli, the EVP and Chief Marketing Officer of RBC, said Johnson is a “unique and natural talent.” “He shares (RBC’s) commitment to hard work, strength and determination – and we’re happy to have him on our team,” she said. The 33-year-old is in the field this week at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am – an event he won in back-to-back years in 2009 and 2010 – and will play with Wayne Gretzky, hockey’s all-time great and father to fiancée Paulina Gretzky. Johnson, who won the Sentry Tournament of Champions in January, becomes the 10th member of the PGA TOUR to join Team RBC, joining 2012 FedExCup champion Brandt Snedeker, Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk, 2010 U.S. Open winner Graeme McDowell, TOUR winners Ryan Palmer and Matt Kuchar, and Canadians Graham DeLaet, David Hearn, Adam Hadwin and Nick Taylor.
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