Jordan Spieth took his first win of the season with the RBC Heritage after a dramatic playoff win over Patrick Cantlay.
The American defeated his compatriot on the first hole of their ‘sudden-death’ play-off at Harbor Town Golf Links and scored a par while Cantlay only managed a bogey.
It capped off a remarkable Sunday for Spieth, who battled a five-under 66 – including two eagles in the first five holes – to take the clubhouse lead to 13-under par.
Cantlay mapped a final round 68 to add Spieth to the top of the standings, but after both players found the bunker on the 18th hole in the playoff, Spieth produced a magical moment out of the sand to claim his 13th PGA Tour win with FedExCup champion Cantlay could only find the back of the green with his bunker shot.
Afterwards, three-time major winner Spieth praised his wife, Annie, for bringing him some peace of mind after a disappointing round on Saturday.
“I was about as upset after the round yesterday as I was ever in a golf tournament,” Spieth told media.
“There’s just no excuse for that kind of brain farts as a pro for myself, but also for Michael (Greller), going out of his way to go out and do that, that could affect the outcome of a tournament. And that I have done this route a number of times in the past four weeks.
“So Annie told me last night, ‘You have to take five seconds now’ — and she never comments on my wave. “If you miss a putt, take five seconds to tap-in.” So I thought about it today. There were a few times where I would just rake it, and I was like, ‘No, I need to take five seconds.’ I’m just glad it didn’t affect everything in the end, to be honest. Made it just a little more exciting in the end.”
Spieth’s win comes after an entertaining few days in South Carolina.
A deer was the star of the show on Friday, when it broke out of the trees and began to prance down the fairway as the former No. 1 in the world took some practice swings.
And there were more surprises on the course in Sunday’s final round, especially for South African Dylan Frittelli.
On the par-four sixth hole, Frittelli hit his drive which drifted to the left and into a group of trees.
Instead of finding his ball on the ground at an awkward angle to the green, it was even more challenging for the 31-year-old.
His ball was caught in the branches of the tree and came about at eye level. So to avoid a drop and a penalty, Frittelli grabbed his putter and knocked it out of the tree and onto the fairway.
From there, he hit his iron shot on the green and cleared the putt to save what appeared to be a remarkable par.
Or so he thought then.
“I thought this would be the best Par of my life,” Frittelli tweeted. “I was assessed a 2-stroke penalty for ‘straddling my intended line of play’ on this shot. The rules of golf remain unbeaten.”
He finished one-over par and tied for 66th in the field.