RBC Heritage. Maiden Win For Satoshi Kodaira.

 

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It was a PGA Tour Maiden win for Satoshi Kodaira of Japan in a sudden death play-off against Si Woo Kim, South Korea for the RBC Heritage title at Harbour Town Golf Links.Kodaira breaks through at Hilton Head

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Satoshi, -5 under 66 and Si Woo, even par 71, finished tied for the RBC Heritage lead at -12 under par. They went into a sudden death play-off which Satoshi won with a birdie on the third extra hole, the par three 17th.

Satoshi did not sound too  impressed with the Plaid Jacket, his words translated by an interpreter; 

“I will probably not wear it regularly,  but this is special.”

“I wasn’t really thinking about winning.”

“I wasn’t that nervous on the last putt, compared to the first two putts on 18.”

“This is a stage I’ve been dreaming about, and having this opportunity to play the PGA TOUR full time is a dream come true.”

Si Woo suffered from a bad day with the putter;

“I tried my best, and the putts didn’t drop. It is what it is.”

Tied in third place at -11 under par were Bryson DeChambeau, -5 under 66 today and Luke List, +1 over par 72, both players  from the USA.

54 hole leader Ian Poulter, England, suddenly started making bogey’s, five on the back nine, finishing T 7 at -9 under par, with a last round +4 over 75.

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RBC Heritage. Ian Poulter Has 54 Hole Lead.

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Ian Poulter of England has the RBC Heritage 54 hole lead at Harbour Town Golf Links.

Poulter holds one-shot lead after 54 holes

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Poults had another bogey free round of -4 under par 67 to lead the RBC Heritage by one shot after 54 holes with a -13 under par;

“It feels nice to be in form like this.”

Luke List, USA, -4 under 67 today, and Si Woo Kim, South Korea, -3 under 68, are tied in second pace at -12 under par.

Sharing fourth spot at -11 under par are, C.T. Pan, Taipei, and Billy Horschel, USA, both with -4 under 68 third rounds.

World #1 Dustin Johnson had another bad day with the putter, carding +1 over 73 today to be T 41 at -3 under;

“You’ve got to hole some putts if you want to compete.” 

Yesterdays leader Bryson DeChambeau collapsed today, having problems with the par fives. He shot +4 over 75, to drop out of contention;

“Unbelievable what’s happened on the par fives today.”

Tomorrows final round will start at 0700 local time, due the threat of thunder storms later in the day.

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RBC Heritage. Bryson DeChambeau Leads.

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Bryson DeChambeau, USA, leads the RBC Heritage after 36 holes at Harbour Town Golf Links.

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Bryson shot -7 under par 64 to lead the RBC Heritage by one stroke at -10 under par at the half-way stage of the competition;

“I’m figuring out a lot of great things that are helping me on the golf course.”

Tied in second place, one shot back at -9 under par are, Ian Poulter, England, also -7 under 64 today, and Si Woo Kim, South Korea with his second round score of -6 under 65.

Ian is in the mood for some more heroics, his last win has freed him up;

“After Houston, I went home, spent a day with the kids, went to Augusta on the Tuesday, made the cut, and then came straight here and had an RBC day to do.”

“It’s all ok, because I’ve got some time off next week, so enough time to reflect and maybe have a glass of champagne or two and get up some energy.”

“I’ve got a busy summer ahead, but I have a job to do here first.”

 “The win helps a lot, I can free myself up in my mind. I can start attacking pins and just play free golf.”

“And when you’re in that position, sometimes the game feels easy when sometimes it isn’t.”

Si Woo was assessed to have touched the sand in a bunker, resulting in a two shot penalty:

“This might be the first time that I’ve played so well with a triple bogey.”

“But I’m having great feel around the greens and I feel really confident.”

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RBC Heritage. Rory Sabbatini Signs for 64.

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Rory Sabbatini, South Africa, is the surprise leader after the first round of the RBC Heritage at  Harbour Town Golf Links.

Sabbatini jumps out to early lead at RBC

Rory shot a bogey free -7 under par 64 to lead the RBC Heritage by two shots after the first round;

“I think anytime you can birdie 18 on this golf course, it’s key because 18 is not a very forgiving hole.”

“All things considered, the course is probably as easy as I’ve ever seen it play.”

“I think anytime you can birdie 18 on this golf course, it’s key because 18 is not a very forgiving hole.” 

Four players are tied in second place at -5 under following opening rounds of 66, Matt Kuchar, Billy Horschel, Chesson Hadley and John Huh, all from the USA.

Matt mentioned the good greens and better putting here at Harbour Town;

 “Once you get on these greens, you feel like you have a chance to make putts.”

“To come from last week where getting on the green doesn’t mean much, you still have a lot of work to go.”

World #1 Dustin Johnson carded -2 under par 69 to be T 20;

“I haven’t played here in a while, so it’s definitely a little bit different being here.” 

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RBC Heritage. Wesley Bryan Wins Maiden Tour Title.

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Wesley Bryan wins Maiden PGA Tour title the RBC Heritage, at Hilton Head Golf Links.

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Wesley shot a final round -4 under par 67 to win the RBC Heritage by one shot with a -13 under par total;

“This is as good as it gets.”

“It’s one that I grew up dreaming on the practice green late at night when I was a kid, like this putt’s to win the Heritage.”

“And to get it done here is one of the coolest experiences ever.”

“I hit a lot of really, really bad shots out there.”

“Even today, I hit some of the worst I’ve hit in a long time. But was able to stay composed and had a couple good up-and-downs for bogeys this week.”

“They’re going to be bogeys on the scorecard, but they were kind of the momentum keepers, so to speak.”

Ex World number one Luke Donald is on the comeback trail, finishing second here at -12 under par, with a last round -3 under 68. Luke has been close to winning here before;

“I just keep trying.”

“Obviously the worst possible start. A double on two, which is kind of a birdie hole.”

“Just never felt very comfortable on that tee shot all week. But really happy with the grinding and the grit that I showed today to come back and give myself a chance.”

“It’s a place I feel comfortable and I like, and I’ve had a lot of success. I’ve just got to keep pounding away, and hopefully I’ll get there.”

Sharing third place at -11 under par were; Patrick Cantlay, -4 under 67 today, Ollie Schniederjans, -3 under 68, and William McGirt, -2 under 69.

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RBC Heritage. Double Eagles Ease Jason Dufner to the Top.

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Double Eagles ease Jason Dufner to the top of the RBC Heritage leaderboard after 54 holes at Hilton Head Golf Links.Dufner flies into RBC Heritage lead

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Jason carded -6 under par 65, helped by those two Eagles, to top the RBC Heritage leaderboard at -13 under par, after 54 holes. The difference in his play is down to not coming into the tournament with any expectations;

“That really gets in the way of playing well to be honest with you.”

 “So I think I maybe learned a little bit from the champion last week, where he kind of lowered his expectations, and got out of his way, so to speak, and let his talent and his game plan take it from there.”

“I feel like this golf course has always been a good set up for me.”

“I haven’t had amazing results here, but I’ve been pretty consistent. We’ll see how it goes tomorrow.”

Graham DeLaet, from Canada, holds second place at -12 under par, he shot a third round -2 under 69, he said a PGA Tour win is the only thing missing from his CV;

“Obviously, this is the one thing that’s kind of missing.”

“So there’s going to be some battles, inside,  that I’m going to have to deal with.”

Sharing third place, at -11 under par are Kevin Kisner, -5 under 66 today, and Webb Simpson, who signed for -3 under 68.

Ian Poulter is in fifth  spot at -10 under par, he managed -2 under 69 today to stay in touch with the leaders. Ian is playing here  on a medical extension, and needs to earn $145,000 of 117 FedExCup points over the next two weeks to enable him to keep his playing privileges intact. He’s in good spot right now as fifth place pays $260,000.

RBC Heritage. Luke & Graham Share Lead

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Luke Donald, England, & Graham DeLaet, Canada, share the RBC Heritage lead after 36 holes at Harbour Town Golf Links.

Donald, DeLaet surge to the top

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Luke and Graham share the RBC Heritage lead at -10 under par at the half-way stage on Hilton Head Island.

Luke chipped in for a birdie on the iconic 18th, the Lighthouse hole, to put himself in position to go on and win. that gave him -4 under 67 on the day;

“I’ve been in this position before and I’ve got to go out there and be aggressive and make some birdies.”

 “Certainly playing for pars won’t get it done out there.”

Graham made a chip in Eagle 2 at the par four ninth, he also carded -4 under 67 today;

“We couldn’t see the bottom of the pin, but there was reaction from the crowd so we figured it was in.”

Ian Poulter, -3 under 68 and Webb Simpson,-3 under 68, both share third position on the leaderboard at -8 under par.

Ian is playing on a medical exemption, and needs a good finish here to remain on the PGA Tour;

“I’m playing golf like I really don’t care, to be honest.”

“I’ve had to work on clearing everything out of my mind to go play good golf.”

A group of five players are at -7 under par for the tournament, Bud Cauley, Pat Perez, Jason Dufner, Nick Taylor and Sam Saunders.