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McDowell Wins RBC Heritage
Graeme McDowell clinched his first victory since 2010 after dramatically overcoming Webb Simpson in a play-off at the RBC Heritage.
The Hilton Head course was the venue for this encounter and with incessant wind whipping about the greens no player was ever entirely comfortable in their performances. In the end, however, it was Northern Irishman McDowell who took the spoils, after finishing the game on nine-under, joint with shared leader Webb Simpson.
It took the first hole of the 18th in a play-off to separate the two golfers, and McDowell got the win when Webb failed to convert his par putt.
McDowell carded a final-round 69 in South Carolina but then let his lead slip after bogeying the final hole. Simpson was then on hand to par the notoriously difficult 18th and send the game into a play-off.
Both players returned to the 18th and McDowell secured his par before Simpson bogeyed following a miss on the 12-foot putt.
The last time Graeme McDowell tasted victory, which was in the Valderrama Masters, came in the same year he won the US Open at Pebble Beach. It is also McDowell’s first success on the regular PGA Tour circuit.
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