Graeme McDowell wins the 2013 RBC Heritage in a playoff over Webb Simpson.
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Savannah's Brian Harman struggles to a +5 finish at Harbour Town Golf Links.
NOTES FROM THE PGA TOUR:
Graeme McDowell 71-67-68-69—275 (-9)*
Webb Simpson 68-71-65-71—275 (-9)
Luke Donald 69-68-71-69—277 (-7)
Kevin Streelman 66-70-69-72—277 (-7)
*won with a par-4 on the first playoff hole (#18)
Graeme McDowell defeats Webb Simpson in Playoff at RBC Heritage
Graeme McDowell parred the first extra hole to defeat Webb Simpson at the 45th RBC Heritage.
Playoff records on the PGA TOUR: Webb Simpson (1-3), Graeme McDowell (1-0).
Sunday marked the third time in four years the RBC Heritage has been decided in a playoff. It was the 11th playoff in the 45-year history of the event.
The PGA TOUR has had four playoffs this season (Humana Challenge, Northern Trust Open, Masters Tournament, RBC Heritage).
Graeme McDowell (1st)
After entering the day trailing Charley Hoffman by four strokes, Graeme McDowell carded a final-round 2-under 69 to finish tied with Webb Simpson at 9-under 275. He then defeated Simpson on the first extra hole for his second PGA TOUR victory (2010 U.S. Open, 2013 RBC Heritage). The win came in his 106th start.
McDowell's victory comes at the age of 33 years, 8 months and 22 days. He is the ninth player in his 30s to win this year (11 wins), compared to 4 winners in their 20s and two in their 40s.
With the victory, McDowell collects 500 FedExCup points and moves from No. 50 to No. 6 in the standings, with 838 points. Tiger Woods continues to lead the FedExCup with 1,740 points.
McDowell is one of 11 RBC Golf Ambassadors on the PGA TOUR. The others: Stephen Ames, Graham DeLaet, Luke Donald, Ernie Els, David Hearn, Jim Furyk, Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan, Brandt Snedeker and Mike Weir.
McDowell extends his PGA TOUR status through the 2016 season.
Wins the Tartan Jacket, given annually to the RBC Heritage winner.
After Americans won the first 14 events of the 2013 season, international players have won the last three events: Martin Laird (Valero Texas Open), Adam Scott (Masters Tournament), Graeme McDowell (RBC Heritage).
Becomes the 10th international winner of the RBC Heritage and the first from Northern Ireland, joining Carl Pettersson (2012), Aaron Baddeley (2006), Peter Lonard (2005), Jose Coceres (2001), Nick Price (1997), Greg Norman (1988), Bernhard Langer (1985), Nick Faldo (1984) and Graham Marsh (1977).
McDowell's week at a glance: 42/56 fairways (T5), 48/72 greens in regulation (T7), 110 putts (T24).
Year Tournament Average Total Putts G
McDowell made his seventh start of the season this week, with top-10 finishes at the RBC Heritage (1st), WGC-Cadillac Championship (T3), WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship (T5) and The Honda Classic (T9).
McDowell wins in his fourth start at the RBC Heritage this week (T70-2005, MC-2006, T61-2011, 1st-2013).
McDowell has figured out Harbour Town. In three prior starts, six of his 10 rounds were over 74, including a 7-over 78 in the final round in 2005. This week he carded all four rounds at par or better (71-67-68-69). His week included a second-round 4-under 67, his best round in 14 rounds at Harbour Town.
Records the 14th come-from-behind victory in the 45-year history of the RBC Heritage.
Posts the fourth-consecutive come-from-behind victory on the PGA TOUR and the sixth overall this season.
About Graeme McDowell
Birthdate: July 30, 1979
Height/Weight: 5-11, 168
Birthplace: Portrush, Northern Ireland
Residence: Portrush, Northern Ireland; Orlando, Fla.
Turned Pro: 2002
Joined TOUR: 2009
Webb Simpson (2nd)
After entering the day trailing Charley Hoffman by two strokes, Webb Simpson carded a final-round even-par 71 to finish tied with Graeme McDowell at 9-under. A missed par putt of seven feet on the first playoff hole cost Simpson a chance to record his fourth victory on the PGA TOUR (2011 Wyndham Championship, 2011 Deutsche Bank Championship, 2012 U.S. Open).
The runner-up finish is the fourth of Simpson's career. The other three came during the 2011 season (Tampa Bay Championship, Zurich Classic of New Orleans, McGladrey Classic).
Simpson falls to 1-3 in career playoffs on TOUR (lost to Ben Crane at 2011 McGladrey Classic; defeated Chez Reavie at 2011 Deutsche Bank Championship; lost to Bubba Watson at 2011 Zurich Classic of New Orleans; lost to Graeme McDowell at 2013 RBC Heritage).
Simpson made his 11th start of the season this week, with top 10s at the RBC Heritage (2nd), WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship (T5) and the Northern Trust Open (T6). He moves to No. 11 in the FedExCup standings. It was his fifth start at the RBC Heritage (MC-2009, T14-2010, T14-2011, T52-2012, 2nd-2013).
After entering the day with a two-stroke lead (his first career lead heading into the final round on the PGA TOUR) over Webb Simpson, Charley Hoffman carded a final-round 6-over 77 to finish T6 and four strokes out of the playoff. It represents the fourth consecutive week that the 54-hole leader has failed to go on to victory (Stewart Cink/Bill Haas at the Shell Houston Open, Billy Horschel at the Valero Texas Open, Brandt Snedeker/Angel Cabrera at the Masters Tournament).
Making his 213th career start, Hoffman was seeking his third PGA TOUR victory (2007 Humana Challenge, 2010 Deutsche Bank Championship).
With the T6 finish, Hoffman moved to 45th in the FedExCup standings. He has not been inside the top 30 in the rankings since 2011 (a span of 73 weeks).
Hoffman's 77 snapped a streak of 11 consecutive sub-par rounds on the PGA TOUR, dating to the first round of the Shell Houston Open (T20). He entered the final round tied with Billy Horschel, who also saw his streak end at 11 rounds after a 3-over 74.
In his last two starts, Hoffman has finished T3 at the Valero Texas Open and T6 at the RBC Heritage.
Hoffman continues to improve in each RBC Heritage start (MC-2006, 75-2009, T8-2012, T6-2013).
Additional Player Notes
Luke Donald carded a 2-under 69 to finish T3. In eight starts at the RBC Heritage, the five-time PGA TOUR winner owns four top-3 finishes (T2-2009, T3-2010, 2nd-2011, T3-2013).
Two starts removed from his first-career victory at the Tampa Bay Championship, 36-hole leader Kevin Streelman finished T3 in his fifth start at the RBC Heritage (previous-best finish was T17 in 2012).
Sony Open in Hawaii champion Russell Henley finished T6 in his first start at the RBC Heritage. Just five players have won the RBC Heritage in their first appearance: Boo Weekley (2007), Jose Coceres (2001), Stewart Cink (2000), Bob Goalby (1970) and Arnold Palmer (1969).
Brendon de Jonge (T9) recorded a 67 on Saturday, but struggled to a 4-over 75 on Sunday. He has posted rounds of 67 or better in the third round at the event three times in five starts, but has never broken 70 on Sunday.
Carl Pettersson finished T35 in his attempt to join Payne Stewart (1989-90), Davis Love III (1991-92) & Boo Weekley (2007-08) as back-to-back winners at the RBC Heritage. He kept a 20-year streak intact this week, as no defending champion has missed the cut at the RBC Heritage since Davis Love III in 1993.
2012 FedExCup champion and 2011 RBC Heritage champion Brandt Snedeker made the 36-hole cut (2-over 144) and the 54-hole cut (2-over 215) on the number. He finished T59.
Jerry Kelly finished in solo-fifth for his best finish on TOUR since a T4 at the 2011 Wyndham Championship.
Of the four players who finished in the top 10 at the Masters Tournament, Marc Leishman was the only one to manage a top 10 at the RBC Heritage: Jason Day (3rd Masters/T30 RBC Heritage); Marc Leishman (T4/T9), Brandt Snedeker (T6/T59) and Matt Kuchar (T8/T35).
David Frost set the TOUR's all-time 72-hole putting record with 92 total putts at Harbour Town in 2005. The old mark was also set at Harbour Town when Kenny Knox needed 93 putts in 1989 (matched by Mark Calcavecchia at the 2002 Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic). This week, Mark Wilson led the field with 102 putts.
The RBC Heritage has 10 first-time winners: Hale Irwin (1971), Graham Marsh (1977), Doug Tewell (1980), Nick Faldo (1984), Davis Love III (1987), Glen Day (1999), Jose Coceres (2001), Peter Lonard (2005, Aaron Baddeley (2006) and Boo Weekley (2007).
For the third consecutive year, no player carded all four rounds in the 60s this week. A player has posted four rounds in the 60s 26 times throughout the history of the RBC Heritage, with Jim Furyk and Brian Davis the latest (2010). Nick Price holds the event record with nine straight sub-70 rounds.
Six players have won the RBC Heritage without having competed in the Masters the week before, since the RBC Heritage moved into its slot after the Masters in 1983 (2011 the exception when it was played two weeks after the Masters): Carl Pettersson (2012), Brian Gay (2009), Boo Weekley (2007), Aaron Baddeley (2006), Bob Tway (1995) and Davis Love III (1987).
There were 32 players in this week's field who competed last week at the Masters Tournament.
Past RBC Heritage champions: Stewart Cink (T24), Carl Pettersson (T35), Jim Furyk (T42), Boo Weekley (T42), Aaron Baddeley (T42), Brian Gay (T55), Justin Leonard (T55), Brandt Snedeker (T59) and Glen Day (MDF).