Thanks to a blistering 8-under 63 and birdies on both extra holes, Jim Furyk ended a four-and-a-half year winless drought on the PGA Tour, beating Kevin Kisner in a playoff to claim his second tartan jacket at the RBC Heritage. Here’s what you may have missed thanks to wet weather and early tee times in Hilton Head:
Leaderboard: Furyk (-18), Kisner (-18),Troy Merritt (-16), Brendon Todd (-15), Matt Kuchar (-14), Sean O'Hair (-13)
What it means: The victory is Furyk’s first since the 2010 Tour Championship. In between wins, the 44-year-old recorded 31 top-10s, blew nine 54-hole leads, posted seven runner-ups and earned $14.8 million on Tour, not including his FedEx Cup payments. Sunday’s triumph is the 17th of Furyk’s PGA Tour career and his second at Harbour Town, where he also won in 2010.
Round of the day: Two back to start the round, Furyk rocketed to the lead with a 6-under 30 on his front nine, which included a stretch of four straight birdies on Nos. 6-9. His first and only slip-up came in the form of a three-putt bogey on the par-4 11th. Thereafter, he circled Nos. 12, 13 and 15 and tapped in a testy 4-footer for par on the 72nd green to post 18 under, with Kisner one hole behind him. Once in the playoff, the two halved 18 with birdies before Furyk poured in a 12-footer on the par-3 17th, putting away Kisner and finally ending his drought.
Best of the rest: Kisner got out in 32 thanks to two birdies and an eagle and then cut Furyk's three-shot lead to just one with back-to-back birdies on 14 and 15. Needing birdie to force a playoff, Kisner hit his approach from the 18th fairway to 7 feet and made the putt for a 7-under 64. He re-created that magic with a second birdie on 18 in the playoff, but couldn't make it three in a row, falling to Furyk on the second extra hole.
Biggest disappointment: In search of his first PGA Tour victory, 54-hole leader Troy Merritt stumbled out of the gate, made the turn at 1 under, and then fell out of contention with a double bogey at the par-4 12th. Merritt blew his drive right, took a drop, reached the green in three and proceeded to three-putt. Too far back to factor in the finish, he nonetheless closed eagle-par-birdie to place solo third.
Shots of the day: Both Merritt and O'Hair holed out from the 16th fairway for eagle. O'Hair did it from 113 yards and Merritt from 115.
Quote of the day: "That was four-and-a-half years of frustration in that celebration." - Furyk on dropping his putter and pumping his fists in victory.