A pair of US Open champions battled into overtime Sunday for the Tartan Jacket that goes to the RBC Heritage champion. Defending Open champion Webb Simpson missed a seven foot par putt on the extra hole and 2010 Open champion Graeme McDowell, who had two putted for par, walked off with his second PGA Tour victory.
On a day in which the wind was again a major factor with gusts well over 30 MPH, McDowell managed to come from four shots off the pace with a two under 69. He had a chance to win in regulation but bogeyed the 72nd hole from 12 feet to fall back in to a tie with Simpson at nine under. That was his only bogey of the day.
Simpson, playing in the final group of the day with third round leader Charley Hoffman, also had a chance to win in regulation as well but he rolled his 22 foot birdie putt three feet past the cup.
The pair retreated to the 18th tee for the playoff. Simpson pushed his six iron approach to the right of the green 34 feet from the pin. Using his putter, Simpson just missed holing a miraculous birdie putt. But the ball scooted seven feet by, thanks to a strong wind gust.
McDowell also used six iron on his approach and landed his ball safely on the green about 15 feet below the hole. He two putted for his par to place all the pressure on Simpson. Simpson expected a left to right break but did not play enough break and he missed to the right of the cup.
The victory was worth over a million dollars to McDowell and boosted him to sixth in the FedEx Cup Standings.
Third round leader Hoffman saw his chance for victory diminish when he found the water off the tee on the par three 14th. That double bogey left him at seven under par. Bogeys at 17 and 18 finished off a round of 77 leaving Hoffman in a tie for sixth at five under.
Luke Donald fired a 69 to tie Kevin Streelman for third at seven under. Daniel Island’s Russell Henley had the only other sub-70 round, also a 69, to finish in a tie for sixth at five under. Greer’s Bill Hass finished with a 76 and a one under par total.