Most popular golfers will be at RBC Heritage at Sea Pines. Here’s some ticket advice

Thinking about attending next year’s RBC Heritage golf tournament on Hilton Head? Steve Wilmot, tournament director of the PGA event, has this advice: buy now.

Wilmot’s suggestion came Wednesday, when the PGA Tour announced that four additional events, including the Heritage, would see elevated purses and guaranteed appearances by top players in 2023. The four events joined the 13 previously announced elevated tournaments.

Ticket prices for the 2023 RBC Heritage will not change, said Wilmot, noting that tickets already were on sale at the time of Wednesday’s announcement.

“I’d buy your tickets today,” Wilmot said.

The tournament may look at adding some additional venues on the golf course in 2023 but there are no plans to increase the number of tickets that will be sold, Wilmot said. The tournament, he noted, can only handle so many spectators without affecting parking and lines and other factors that can contribute to the quality of the experience.

The tournament sold out last year and there should be even more demand for tickets in 2023 with the announcement of the larger purse and the addition of top players.

Rans at the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing watch as then-world No. 1 Dustin Johnson tees off on Saturday, April 18, 2021.
Rans at the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing watch as then-world No. 1 Dustin Johnson tees off on Saturday, April 18, 2021.

Through the Player Impact Program, players who generate the most most interest in the game are financially rewarded. And the top 20 players in the 2022 Player Impact Program are required to participate in all elevated events for which they are eligible. In 2023, there will be 17 elevated events, including the Heritage, and the Tour’s four major tournaments.

“You will have the top players in the world,” Wilmot said. “Not just best in the world but the ones the spectators want to see.”

That will include players like Scottie Scheffler, who is currently ranked No. 1 on the PGA Tour, Rory McIllroy, Jon Rahm and others.

In the past, Wilmot said, the RBC Heritage has had great fields, but 2023 will be even better.

“More than anything it’s a guarantee the top players in the world will play,” Wilmot said.

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