Jin Makes History at Harbour Town
Although Cheng Jin hasn’t been able to make the cut at the RBC Heritage, he has already made history. In the previous 48 versions of the PGA Tour event at Harbour Town Golf Links, a player from China has never made a start at the Pete Dye-Jack Nicklauscollaboration. Jin, a 19-year-old from Beijing who is nearing the completion of his freshman year at the University of Southern California ended that streak. Jin won the 2016 Players Amateur in nearby Bluffton, South Carolina, and along with the big trophy came an invite to this tournament. Playing in a professional tournament is nothing new for Jin, who has played in 27 total professional events as an amateur - the RBC Heritage was his first pro event since enrolling at USC in the fall of 2016, and, overall, that was his second career PGA Tour start, his first coming at the 2016 Masters Tournament.