Charl Schwartzel ... The 2011 Masters champion from South Africa is making his debut at Harbour Town and doing so as a first-time father. His daughter Olivia was born on March 16. He's in his fourth season with PGA TOUR membership and sits 91st in the FedExCup standings on the strength of two top 10s and another two top 25s. It's still relatively early given the RBC Heritage is just his seventh start, but it's worth noting that he's 202nd in greens in regulation, so he'll need to tap into the efficient putting has buoyed him thus far. The 29-year-old ranks T30 in strokes gained and third in one-putt percentage.
Carl Pettersson ... The 2012 champ settled for a T35 in his title defense, but he's surged a bit of late. He arrived for his 12th straight appearance at Harbour Town having survived his last five cuts this season, three of which going for a top 20, including a season-best T4 in Puerto Rico. Years ago, Sweden's first PGA TOUR winner, Jesper Parnevik, affectionately dubbed the now-36-year-old Pettersson as a "redneck Swede." Pettersson moved to Greensboro, N.C., as a teenager and played collegiately at North Carolina State University. He currently lives in Raleigh and became a U.S. citizen in 2012. Fittingly, he and Parnevik have five TOUR titles apiece.
Martin Laird ... The Scot is 7-for-9 on the season but has misfired on too many occasions. As a result, the best of his three top 25s is a T19 at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. He's 130th in the FedExCup standings. However, he warned us early in 2014, telling Golf World magazine that "golf is going to take a back seat" due to his wife's pregnancy. She gave birth to a boy, Jack, on Feb. 25. The first-time father took four weeks off until finishing alone in 76th place at Bay Hill. He's survived one of three cuts at Harbour Town.
Aaron Baddeley ... Broke through for the first of his three PGA TOUR victories here in 2006. He's added five top 25s since but none since a T14 in 2011. Now 33 years of age and the father of three children, "Badds" arrives for his 10th start at Harbour Town sitting 100th in the FedExCup standings. He's perennially among the best putters -- currently fifth in strokes gained and 10th in scrambling -- but his tee-to-green game continues to apply pressure. The Aussie ranks 198th in fairways hit, T193 in greens in regulation and 200th in proximity to the hole.
Nick Faldo ... The Hall of Famer won the first of his nine PGA TOUR events here in 1984. (Six of his titles occurred in majors.) That victory at Harbour Town exempts him this week as all champions through 1999 (and since 2009) are invited. The 56-year-old from England last appeared here in 2006. He missed the cut by two at 2-over 76-68=144, suffering double bogeys on the 15th and 16th holes of his opening round. That was also his last appearance in a non-major on the PGA TOUR. He's played in five Open Championships since while juggling work as a television analyst and course designer among other pursuits.