Graeme McDowell triumphed over his opponent Webb Simpson in the RBC Heritage play-off to strive back into the world’s top 10. The Irishman started off the final day four shots behind the leader but he dug deep, found his form and managed to get into a play-off against Webb Simpson.
Graeme McDowell straight away hit the ball to only 15 feet away from the hole, something Simpson couldn’t match. McDowell sinked his ball after 2 putts, following the long shot into the green and when Simpson failed to match any of McDowell’s shots, including a putt from 10 feet, he handed him the win and the RBC Heritage Trophy.
Whilst Graeme McDowell won the tournament and Webb Simpson finished runner-up, England’s Luke Donald and USA’s Kevin Streelman were tied for third, two shots behind the winner and the runner-up. McDowell produced birdies at the 5th hole, 11th hole and 16th hole, before bogeying the final hole. Simpson shot a level par round of 71 including birdies at the 2nd hole, 3rd hole and 12th hole but he played poorly bogeying the 5th hole, 8th hole and 10th hole. Charley Hoffman was the leader overnight but poor play on the final day meant he fell down the rankings fast and was out of contention for the trophy.
Graeme McDowell commented after the Heritage, “I played well all week. My putter was cold before I got it going in the final round. This is one of the premier events on the PGA Tour and it’s great to have taken a win on this tour. It’s a bit special as it’s a long time since I won and it feels really nice. I played really solidly on Sunday and I holed out well, which was the key to my round. I didn’t make a ton of putts this week but I didn’t make many bogeys, and that’s the key to playing well at Hilton Head.”
Author Daniel Foster.
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