Kevin Kisner, whose playoff loss to Jim Furyk a year ago at Harbour Town proved to be a harbinger of a breakthrough season, heads a list of seven new additions to the roster for next month's RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing.
Kisner birdied three of his final five holes in regulation to push Furyk into a playoff, but couldn't match Furyk's birdie on the second extra hole to extend play. It was the first of three playoff losses Kisner endured in 2015, including The Players Championship, before he finally won November's RSM Classic at Sea Island, Ga.
Fellow Georgia alumni Chris Kirk, Brendon Todd and Hudson Swafford join Kisner as new additions to the field. So are former U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover, fellow Clemson grad Ben Martin and Wofford product William McGirt.
They join a list now at more than two dozen Heritage commitments, including reigning major champions Jason Day and Zach Johnson, five-time Harbour Town winner Davis Love III and fellow RBC Heritage champions Brandt Snedeker and Matt Kuchar.
Heritage Week begins April 11 with the traditional opening ceremony, with the first round set for April 14.
Kisner's victory at Sea Island was one of four consecutive top-10 finishes this season, giving him the FedExCup lead until Adam Scott wrested it away two weeks ago with back-to-back wins in Florida.
"I definitely saw a huge confidence boost from close calls," the Aiken native told reporters earlier this year. "Then to go out and play the way I did on Sunday at the RSM with a three-shot lead was a huge confidence builder."
Now up to 22nd in the world rankings, Kisner will try once again to become the first South Carolina native to win the state's PGA Tour stop. Glover and Martin also would fit that bill.
Confirmed RBC Heritage participants:
Paul Casey, Stewart Cink, Ben Crane, Glen Day, Jason Day, Bryson DeChambeau (a), Ernie Els, Lucas Glover, Bill Haas, Zach Johnson, Chris Kirk, Kevin Kisner, Jason Kokrak, Matt Kuchar, Justin Leonard, Davis Love III, Peter Malnati, Ben Martin, Graeme McDowell, William McGirt, Seung-Yul Noh, Carl Pettersson, Brandt Snedeker, Hudson Swafford, Vaughn Taylor, Brendon Todd, Boo Weekley
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