HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (WTOC) - Bluffton native Bryson Nimmer will tee it up in next month’s 53rd RBC Heritage after receiving a sponsor’s exemption.
It will be the fourth career PGA Tour appearance for the former Hilton Head Christian standout, but the first appearance in the tournament played in his backyard. He told WTOC that growing up he dreamed of playing in two tournaments specifically.
“Growing up down here in South Carolina and the Lowcountry, it’s, probably the two events for me are: Heritage and The Masters, and the Heritage even more so, just because, you know, it’s 15 minutes from where I’ve always lived, so I’m super stoked for that one and then hopefully maybe The Masters one day.”
Nimmer has a history with Heritage Classic Foundation events. He won the Sea Pines Junior Heritage in 2014, holing out to force a playoff, and finished as the runner-up in the 2017 Players Amateur.
“I just kind of wanted, from that point, kind of wanted to try to do everything I could to kind of try to prove to them that I deserved the spot, and kind of go out and earn it, because I didn’t want them to just give me a spot because I was from here. I kind of wanted them to give it to me, because not only was I from here, but I had already been playing well,” Nimmer told WTOC. “Steve Wilmot, the tournament director, called me and...it was just a great phone call. You know, he called me, and he was very calm about it, you know, because he does it every year, but for me it was like the biggest thing in the world.”
He was also on site for the 2020 Heritage, but as a caddie. Nimmer carried the bag for his friend Spencer Ralston, who earned a spot after winning the 2019 Players Amateur.
“I think caddying last year almost kind of helped, because I was able to see the course, from like a competition standpoint, and it definitely gave me some visuals as to, you know, what it looks like, what it looks like with all the other guys out there,” he explained.
In last week’s Puerto Rico Open, Nimmer earned his career best finish at a PGA Tour event. He finished T-39 after a final round 69. All three of Nimmer’s PGA Tour appearances have been made at the Puerto Rico Open.
The former Clemson All-American dominated in the Local IQ Series in 2020. Nimmer won two events and finished second in another during the eight-tournament series created by the PGA Tour after the cancellation of several of the PGA Tour’s developmental tours due to the COVID-19 pandemic. His wins in the series earned him an exemption into the 2021 RBC Canadian Open, which will be played this June in Toronto.
In 2019, Nimmer made eight cuts in 11 Mackenzie Tour appearances.
The 53rd RBC Heritage will be held April 12-18 at Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island.