Daily Wrap-up: RBC Heritage, Round 4text sizeApril 21, 2013
For all the big moments in Graeme McDowell's career, his resume was short on PGA TOUR victories.
McDowell relished what he called his first authentic TOUR win, defeating fellow U.S. Open champ Webb Simpson in a playoff at the RBC Heritage on Sunday.
McDowell's been at the center of some of golf's biggest moments, from his rousing triumph at Pebble Beach in 2010 to capturing the winning point for Europe in that year's Ryder Cup matches. He has six European tour victories, too, but he hadn't triumphed in the weekly grind of the world's top tour.
"This game kicks you more often than it gives you a pat on the back," McDowell said. "It's hard to win."
Not on this day for McDowell, who pushed forward on wind-blown Harbour Town Golf Links when his rivals were moving backward, unnerved by the 20 to 30 mph winds that rattled the course.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Some hangovers last longer than others; it all depends on how much you drink.
“I’ve been working my ass off since September of 2011 to get over the U.S. Open hangover and everything that goes with it,” Graeme McDowell said Sunday night at the RBC Heritage, beer in hand. “This has been a work in progress for two years.” Click here to read more
Jim Furyk finished a tough Sunday in style, holing this 58-foot bunker shot for birdie on the par-4 18th.
Updated standings Rank Player Points Points back 1 Tiger Woods 1,740 --- 2 Brandt Snedeker 1,397 343 3 Matt Kuchar 1,069 671 4 Kevin Streelman 915 825 5 Adam Scott 870 870 6 Graeme McDowell 838 902 7 Phil Mickelson 813 927 8 Dustin Johnson 810 930 9 Steve Stricker 795 945 10 Russell Henley 775 965 Click for complete FedExCup standings
• Graeme 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 four winners in their 20s and two in their 40s.
• 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 extends his PGA TOUR status through the 2016 season.
• McDowell wins in his fourth start at the RBC Heritage this week (T70-2005, MC-2006, T61-2011, 1st-2013).
@RobertGarrigus: One crazy
week had 3 doubles and a triple
and finished under par for the
week a lot of good things to come
just need to stop the boo boos!
Garrigus finished 1-under and
T24 despite leading the field in birdies. The 18 circles
on his cards were offset by the triple, three doubles
and eight bogeys.
@ZachJohnsonPGA: Congrats @Graeme_McDowell.
Patience and perseverance. Much deserved. Tip of the
hat to @webbsimpson1. #heritage
That's a good way to sum up what it took to win on a
windy Sunday at Harbour Town Golf Links.
McDowell carried two of Cleveland's newest 588 MT irons, and a 58-degree Cleveland 588 RTX wedge. Here's a look at the entire bag.
Graeme McDowell's bag
Driver: Cleveland Classic 290 (46-inch Miyazaki Kusala Indigo 56 X-Flex shaft), 9 degrees
3-wood: Cleveland Launcher FL (Miyazaki Kusala Indigo 72 X-Flex shaft), 14 degrees
Hybrid: Adams Idea a7 PNT (Miyazaki Kusala Indigo 83 X-Flex shaft), 22 degrees
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- A day after taking just 21 putts, Charley Hoffman had 33 in the final round of the RBC Heritage.
The result? A 6-over 77 and a tie for sixth for Hoffman, who began the day with a two-stroke lead.
His third-round statistics are a bit misleading when you consider he hit just eight greens in regulation, but the point is no less important.
"I actually hit the ball all right today, I just didn't make the putts like I needed to make yesterday," said Hoffman, who also hit just 10 greens on a wild, windy day at Harbour Town.
Still, Hoffman was in the tournament, tied for the lead on the back nine -- until he hit his tee shot into the water on the par-3 14th hole. Read more