It was a battle of the Carolinas. Bragging rights and a new club cover were on the line as South Carolina native Dustin Johnson took on North Carolina native Webb Simpson in a skills challenge Wednesday at the RBC Heritage.
“It was a fun challenge for RBC,” World Number One golfer Dustin Johnson said. “Me and Webb are good buddies we grew up playing against each other in college.
The RBC ambassadors tackled trick shot, chipping/cornhole, and putting challenges as dozens of fans looked on. Johnson’s caddie hit a putt and South Carolina came home with the win.
“If I beat him on Sunday I’ll be a lot happier,” Simpson said with a smile. “Even though today is fun and all, I’ll let him feel good about that.”
Through this event, fans were able to peel back the curtain and see what golfers are like when the competition isn’t in full-swing.
“I think it’s cool, when we are in competition the fans can hardly see any interaction between us,” Simpson explained. “We are out here, laid back, it’s not official or anything like that. I think it’s great, especially in the media age we are in people see it.”
In his first round of this year’s RBC Heritage, Simpson will tee off from Hole #10 at 8:10 a.m. with Francesco Molinari and Jordan Spieth Thursday morning. Johnson starts his first round tomorrow on Hole #1 at 12:10 p.m. with Kevin Kisner and Xander Schauffle.