RBC Heritage. Branden Wins, Luke Second Again.

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Branden Grace wins the RBC Heritage, his first PGA Tour win, Luke Donald comes second again at Harbour Town Golf Links.

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Branden carded a last round -5 under par 66, to win his first PGA Tour victory, the RBC Heritage, with a -9 under par total, a two shot winning margin;

“This really puts the cherry on top of the cake, and I’m excited for things to start.”

“I’m stoked. It’s come very quick and I’m just grateful to be in this position.”

“I can tick this one off the box and head into the next couple of majors trying to win it.”

 “I have one notch, I’ve done it before and I can do it again.”

“I had to stay patient and grind it and that’s what I managed to do.”

Luke was second again, and seems destined to never win this title, a last round of even par 71, and a -7 under par total nowhere near good enough;

“I think I’ve got to put myself three or four behind on Sunday, leading doesn’t seem to be working out for me.”

Russell Knox, -4 under 67 today moving him up the leaderboard to -7 under par overall, he was tied with Luke in second place.

New professional out on the PGA Tour Bryson DeChambeau, -3 under par 68 today, tied in fourth place with Kevin Na -2 under 69, both finished with -5 under par totals.

RBC Heritage. Luke Leads at Harbour Town.

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Luke Donald leads the RBC Heritage tournament at Harbour Town Golf Links.

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Luke shot a third round -2 under par 69 to top the RBC Heritage leaderboard with a -7 under par total, and will take a one shot lead into tomorrow’s final round.

Luke is looking  to end his hard-luck history at Harbour Town, having five top-three finishes without a win;

“I think it’s a bit dangerous to say a place owes you.”

“I can’t sit back on my heels.”

“Certainly, I’ve knocked on the door many times. I’d love to put that tartan jacket on tomorrow.”

Jason Kokrak, -3 under par 68 today, and Charley Hoffman, even par 71, share second place, that one shot back at -6 under par.

Charley let it all slip late in the day, carding two bogey’s on final two holes. He said he needs to dig down and come up with something special;

“Hopefully, I can reach down deep, I know I’ve done it before.”

Patton Kizzire holds fourth spot at -5 under par, he carded an even par round of 71.

World number one Jason Day signed for a +8 over par 79, making five bogeys in a six-hole span, even though he felt there was a good score to be had on the day;

 “I felt like there was a good score out there today if you hit it in the right spots.”
 “And unfortunately, I just kept missing it in the wrong spots.”
Boeing, showed off another of its 787 Dreamliners to the RBC Heritage crowd.
The sleek aircraft glided along the 18th hole over Calibogue Sound before leaving.
It’s the fourth time the company, the presenting sponsor of the tournament, has showcased its aircraft with a flyover.
This display was pretty tame compared to the barrel roll the Boeing company did with 707 when it first appeared on the scene.

RBC Heritage. Three Tied at the Top.

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There are three players, Jason Day, Kevin Chappell and Charley Hoffman all tied at the top of the RBC Heritage leaderboard after two rounds at Harbour Town Golf Links.

Jason Day hits a tee shot on the 11th hole during the second round of the 2016 RBC Heritage. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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Jason, Kevin and Charley share the RBC Heritage lead at -6 under par, giving them a one shot advantage going into the weekend.

Kevin and Charley had -3 under par 68’s today, while Jason carded -2 under 69.

Kevin has yet to win, and has contested 151 PGA Tour tournaments, but said his game is on the up;

“I’m still on form and really excited to be here and really excited about where things are at.”

“I think I’ve been a little aggressive in the past at Harbour Town.”

“But I feel I have a better formula this year, a little more simple.”

“It’s no secret that I play my best golf when I’m really enjoying and smiling, and I think having family here and getting away from the game helps kind of forget that you’re here on a work trip.”

Luke Donald, even par 71 today,  was tied for the first-round lead after a -5 under 66, opening effort, he is now a stroke back of the leaders at -5 under, tied in fourth place with Russell Knox, -5 under 65 today and Patton Kizzire -3 under 68.

New professional on Tour,  Bryson DeChambeau is having fun out on the course, but would like to putt better. He shot -4 under par 67 in the second round and has a tournament total of -3 under;

“It was a fun day out there, again, missed a couple of putts and a couple momentum shifts on 17 and 18.”

“I made that 6-footer on 17, par on 18. The round may have ended with a deep number.”

“Trying to get my speed a little bit better.”

“I three-putted somewhere out there, I can’t remember what hole, it’s a blur to me right now.”

“But I’ll definitely be working on that again going into the weekend. If I get a couple of putts to drop I’ll be right there.”

RBC Heritage. Luke Donald and Branden Grace at the Top

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Luke Donald and Branden Grace top the RBC Heritage leaderboard after the first round at Harbour Town Golf Links.


Luke Donald, former No. 1 in the world, is ranked 95th in the Official World Golf Ranking. (Jared Tilton/Getty Images)

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Luke and Branden both carded opening rounds of -5 under par 66 at Hilton Head to lead the RBC Heritage by just one shot.

Luke said he was annoyed at not being at The Masters, but his putting stats are not good;

“I don’t want to be sitting at home watching the majors on TV; yet.”

“I haven’t looked statistically at my putting, but it’s probably outside the top 100 right now.”

 “For five straight years I was number one, that’s a big difference.”

“I feel like I’ve got a few good years ahead of me.”

“I have some good memories and good mojo here, it’s nice to continue that with a solid round today.”

Second place is shared by four players all on -4 under par, Matt Kuchar, David Lingmerth, Tony Finau, and World number one Jason Day.

Jason seemed to be cruising through 17 holes, before taking an unplayable lie in the bunker at 18, and making bogey to finish. He is really concentrating on enlarging the gap between himself and the other contenders for his #1 spot, plus of course dealing with the weather conditions;

“It was a tough break, it was a little bit unlucky, but I shouldn’t have been in that bunker.”

 “It’s unfortunate, but things happen.”

“At this point I’ve got to try to extend the gap in the world rankings. That’s my main focus right now.”

“They say it’s going to gust at times 40 miles an hour, 20 to 30 mile an hour winds with rain, it should be very difficult.” 

It should be mentioned that neither Jordan Spieth or Rory McIlroy are in the field this week.

Bryson DeChambeau, last year’s NCAA and U.S. Amateur Champion, played his first event as a pro at Harbour Town and opened with a -1 under par 70.

RBC Heritage. Fabulous Furyk Wins.

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Jim Furyk won the RBC Heritage with a fabulous final round at Harbour Town Golf Links.

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Jim shot a final round -8 under par 63, to get himself into a play-off for the RBC Heritage title at Harbour Town Gold Links, at -18 under par for the tournament.

Joining him on that final total of -18 under par was Kevin Kisner, who carded a final round -7  under par 64, which sent them into a sudden death play-off. Jim birdied the second extra hole, the par four 17th, to claim the win.

Jim said it was the perfect place to break his win drought, after nine unconverted win 54 hole leads;

“It’s been a little over four and a half years, to be exact, and I think that dropping that putt and getting excited on 17, there was a lot of pent-up frustration.”

“I can’t think of a more fitting place to kind of break that streak and get another win under my belt.”

“This is my favorite event. I love being here. And outside of winning another major championship, this is the perfect place to do it.”

“In 2010 when I won in Tampa, I said I was happy but I was more relieved, this week, for one reason or another it’s not really relief at all. It’s zero percent relief and 100 percent joy. It felt really good.”

“I’ve let so many slide by, I really kind of dug deep today, and I got it done.”

Kevin Kisner who had the shot of the day came as close on Sunday as any South Carolina native ever has in 47 years to winning the RBC Heritage, his home state’s annual PGA TOUR event, he tied with Jim after shooting a final round -7  under par 64;

“I knew the scores were going to be low, and I managed to shoot low.”

“But every time I looked up on the back nine, Jim was making another birdie.”

“You don’t expect a guy of Jim’s caliber to miss an eight footer straight up the hill.”

“I never felt like I was in the lead. I was always chasing, it was never like I was going to win at any moment. I had a chance, but man, I’m just proud of the way I handled it down the stretch.”

Troy Merritt finished in third place, at -16 under par, after a mediocre -2 under par last round of 69, a sad end to his great attempt to winning this title.


RBC Heritage. Can Troy Triumph Tomorrow ?

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Can Troy Merritt triumph tomorrow? that is the question on everyone’s mind at the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links, as he holds on to top spot of the leaderboard today.

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Troy carded a third round -2 under par 69 at the RBC Heritage to maintain his place at the top of the leaderboard, going into the final round tomorrow with a three shot advantage at -14 under par.

The pressure was getting to him, as he spoke about the fear, and dropping a ball in the water;

“I was starting to feel the fear and being afraid, like I would when I was an amateur.”

“It’s not a bad fear, it’s the fear of being caught. And I think it’s worked for me in the past. “

“You go out there, play solid golf, take care of your business and you see how the other guy is doing.”

“I had a little bit of a tug with a 6-iron, and unfortunately watched it splash in the water, but it was a spectacular splash. I enjoyed that.”

“I ground out a six-footer for double. You don’t want to walk off that hole making 7, when you’re playing pretty solid.”

“It was a spectacular splash. I was going to try and get the momentum back, and I was able to do that.”

“Just play solid golf, put as much pressure on them as I can, make them try and take some risks, and just try and make pars, throw in an occasional birdie, and make them come and get me.”

There are three players tied in second place at -11 under par, including the defending champion Matt Kuchar, along with Brendon Todd and Kevin Kisner.

Low round of the day went to Brendon, a -8 under par 63, Kevin was -4 under today and Matt -3 under.

Matt had to overcome a double-bogey 5 after hitting a tree on the seventh hole, but he bounced back with birdies on the next two holes;

“There’s a tree that hangs out over the green protecting that, and it was a Dikembe Mutombo swat away from the basket, that was tough.”

Kevin is going to stick to his game plan;

“I’ll try to stick with the process, the kind of things I’ve been doing, and hopefully the results will come.”

“Whatever happens, happens. If I keep playing like I’m doing, hopefully I’ll have a chance.”

Jim Furyk, No. 10 in the world, was four shots behind the leader at -10 under par, with Masters Champion and FedExCup leader Jordan Spieth another stroke back at -9 under.

Jordan does not intend to go away quietly;

“Tomorrow I’ll be happy to be kind of in this quiet zone, coming from behind and hopefully making some noise.”

“I’m going to be really aggressive. If it doesn’t work out, then it was still a great stretch. And if I get out there and hit the shots that I want to hit, then I’ve got a possibility of contending again.”



RBC Heritage. Every & G-Mac Lead.

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Matt Every and Graeme McDowell lead the RBC Heritage at Hilton Head, at the end of day 1.

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Matt chipped in for birdie, twice in a row, at six and seven on his way to his best round ever to share the lead in the RBC Heritage at -5 under par, following his opening round 66.

He did admit that his short game was awesome today;

“Man, my short game was, the best it’s been in a long time.”

“I saved a ton of shots, I probably shouldn’t have shot 5-under, more like even, but I’ll take it.”

“The Harbour Town course wasn’t playing that easy either, but I got a lot out of my game, for sure. It’s nice. I felt like I stole one; I probably stole five or six shots today.”

G-Mac, who has won here at Harbour Town said you have to be patient, and he was good at putting. he also had a -5  under par first round;

“I just felt really good on the greens, you just have to stay real patient.”

“You have to position your ball well at times; you have to be really aware of the wind on this golf course.”

Sangmoon Bae is in third place at -4 under par, and was happy to be back in contention after suffering a bout of poor ball striking recently, but a new coach has changed things around for him;

“I couldn’t play well the last couple of weeks because my ball-striking wasn’t great.”

“Ball-striking was really, really bad the last couple of weeks, but things are a little improved right now.”

“That’s why I played good today and played well last week at the Masters.”

“I couldn’t play well the last four or five weeks. I hit the ball, like, to the left, or very thin or fat.”

“I’m trying to focus on my short game and putting which is really important on this golf course. I’m still working on it, but a little came back.”

“Tee shot is really hard on this course, so I’m just trying to get a little wide space, left or right, not necessarily the center of the fairway, where it may be impossible to hit the green.”

“I didn’t try to shape shots a lot, no, these greens are really small, so I hit the ball to the center of the green, then make more birdies chances.”

It doesn’t matter where the pin is, I’m trying to hit it center of the green. Course management.”

Hometown boy Kevin Kisner is in a five-way tie for fifth place at -3 under par.

Kevin does not like poa annua greens, it makes it difficult for him to putt well;

“I’m glad to be back in the Lowcountry, my home state tournament, so excited to perform in front of family and friends.”

“I always struggle on the West Coast, a good ol’ Southern boy doesn’t putt on poa annua too well. I’m getting back to some grass that I like.”

“I started a trend Thursday in the right direction. This is probably about where I start playing my best in the previous years. Last year I did okay here, and then got on a run at Charlotte,Wells Fargo Championship, and the Byron Nelson. Hopefully, it’s going that way again.”

“Days like this, with blustery breezes in the morning round, you want to make all those birdie chances you get, because you know you’re not going to have that many opportunities.”