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Heritage date may be moving

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND -- If there is a Heritage golf tournament in 2011, it apparently won't have its usual date on the PGA Tour calendar.

Hilton Head Island has hosted the Heritage the week after the Masters in Augusta every year since 1983, but that spot will be filled by the Valero Texas Open next year, the San Antonio Express-News reported Wednesday.

Also Wednesday, the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce's website listed dates for the Heritage as April 18-24, two weeks after the Masters.

Charlie Clark, chamber spokeswoman, said it posted those dates because hoteliers reported receiving tournament-related bookings for that time.

"We haven't confirmed those dates," said Rick George, the PGA Tour's executive vice president and chief of operations.

George said tour officials are discussing an April date for the tournament but a decision has not been finalized.

The tour has told Heritage organizers not to comment, tournament director Steve Wilmot said.

The Texas event, held in May the past two years, will move to April 14-17, Texas Open tournament director Tony Piazzi told the Express-News. The 2011 Masters is scheduled for April 7-10.

The Heritage is expected to receive a date in April or May, according to the Express-News.

Simon Fraser, chairman of the foundation that runs the Heritage, said this week he expects the tournament to obtain an April date.

Heritage organizers have searched for months for a company to pay up to $8 million to put its name on the tournament. Verizon's title sponsorship ended this year.

In recent weeks, organizers worked to prove to tour officials they have $5.9 million necessary to satisfy the Heritage's obligations to its purse and TV deals.

The foundation has about $4 million in reserves, and it has secured $2 million in commitments split between the Town of Hilton Head Island and Beaufort County should no new title sponsor emerge.

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