He may be best known at the RBC Heritage presented by Boeing as the guy who for years played in the pro-am with Steve Spurrier.
Big crowds followed Spurrier as the trash-talking, visor-tossing football coach who led the University of South Carolina Gamecocks to their greatest heights.
But his playing partner, who few recognized, sports a winning record in a different field that may never be matched.
That tall, tanned man is Joe Rice of Mount Pleasant. He’s one of the most successful trial lawyers ever. He has negotiated the largest settlements in American history. The dollar figures soar into the hundreds of billions, with cases that have household names like asbestos, tobacco, BP and 9/11.
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But besides playing for nearly a quarter of a century in the pro-am, Rice is literally a big part of the Heritage.
He is the owner of the 100-foot yacht, the Rice Quarters, that makes everyone touring the Harbour Town Yacht Basin stop, gawk and whisper. This year, it is flying a large tartan flag as the Heritage celebrates is 50th year.
The pile of shoes