Furyk captures RBC, first win since 2010 TOUR Championship

Final Round – PGA Tour – RBC Heritage – Harbour Town Golf Links  – Hilton Head Island South Carolina –

Despite trailing the leaders by five shots after round one and by four shots heading into the final round, Jim Furyk kept firing away and made nine birdies during his final-round 63 and captured the RBC Heritage in a two-hole playoff, when he rolled in his 10th birdie of the day with a deuce at the par-3 17th hole.

It marked Furyk’s 17th career PGA Tour victory and first since 2010 at the TOUR Championship when he also won the FedEx Cup. That was a three-win season for the former U.S. Open champion.

Furyk rallied Sunday at Hilton Head Island’s Harbour Town Golf Links making the turn at 6-under on his round. He opened a three-shot lead and eventually beat Kevin Kisner in a playoff.

Furyk finished 18-under with a bevy of birdies in his final round. Furyk, who was No. 10 in the Official World Golf Ranking heading into Hilton Head, won this event in 2010 as well.

Kisner shot 64 in the final round — logging four rounds in the 60s for his career-best effort. Overnight leader Troy Merritt was alone in third at 16-under, while Brendon Todd was fourth and defending champion Matt Kuchar finished fifth.

Plenty of players had a shot Sunday when Merritt blew a three-shot advantage early on, but Furyk seized the opportunity as a 20-t0-1 betting pick at

Masters champion Jordan Spieth was T-11 at 10-under.

Other Golf news:

  • After finding water on her 72nd hole off the tee, Sei Young Kim chipped in to force a playoff at the LOTTE Championship in Hawaii against Rolex Ranking World No. 2 Inbee Park. The rookie even holed-out from the fairway to capture her second LPGA Tour win of the season. The 20-1 pick finished the week 11-under.
  • The agent for Tiger Woods announced his player’s wrist is fine. Woods apparently hit a root on a swing during the final round of the Masters last week. Woods logged his first Top 20 finish in more than a season.
  • Olin Browne won the rain-shortened Great Gwinnett Championship at TPC Sugarloaf at 12-under. He shot 64 Saturday to reach the number. He edged Bernhard Langer by a shot.
  • Kirdech Aphibarnrat won the European Tour’s Shenzhen International in a playoff in China. He earned the week No. 116 in the world rankings and  as a 40-1 long shot.
  • The LPGA Tour heads to San Francisco next week for the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic. Kim’s victory in Hawaii moves her to second in the Race to the CME Globe season-long points competition behind Lydia Ko.