Jordan Spieth wins the RBC Heritage
Monday, April 18, 2022
Jordan Spieth Wins the RBC Heritage and Shane Lowry Loses the Lead Jordan Spieth wins the RBC Heritage
and Lowry loses the lead. Here's what we learned about Spieth's putting woes and Lowry's double bogey. Also‚ read about the upcoming Sentry Tournament of Champions in Kapalua and how Lowry might have been able to salvage the situation. After reading all this‚ you will be better prepared to see Spieth's next tournament.
Jordan Spieth wins RBC Heritage
For the third time in his career‚ Jordan Spieth has won a major tournament. The RBC Heritage in South Carolina was his first victory since missing the cut at Augusta National two weeks ago. He was particularly frustrated after his worst performance ever at the Masters earlier this month. The win at the RBC Heritage was also Spieth's first since the Texas Open on Easter Sunday. However‚ the win didn't come without controversy‚ as Spieth was not the only player to win. The RBC Heritage was Spieth's second title of the year‚ and his victory was even more improbable given that he didn't have a putter. Spieth said he felt like he was in a hole Saturday‚ but he knew how to close it. He was just one of many winners this year‚ with his earnings now topping $50 million. While he admitted to having some trouble on Saturday‚ he had no problems closing it and putting the tournament away. There was plenty of action on Sunday as many players had a chance to win. Spieth had four players tied on 13 under at one point in the second round. Despite the pressure‚ he was able to dodge pursuers and reach a 13-under-par total. Two other players‚ Shane Lowry and Cam Davis‚ finished a stroke behind. After a bogey at the last hole‚ Spieth had a birdie to seal his victory. Spieth sank his sand shot to the 18th green in a playoff‚ making a birdie. His last hole birdie was just one stroke better than Lowry's. At the same time‚ Spieth showed off his superior scrambling skills. At No. 18‚ he hit an epic shot from the front greenside bunker lip. Cantlay missed a par-saving putt.
Lowry loses lead at RBC Heritage
The Irishman was just one shot behind the leader when he threw sand into the water on the 14th hole and lost his lead at the RBC Heritage. Lowry finished the tournament with a double bogey five‚ but was still in contention to advance to the play-off. In the opening round‚ Lowry had birdied four holes and moved up to a one-shot lead. He made his third birdie of the day on the par-three eleventh hole‚ but a double-bogey five on the final round. The Irishman is one shot out of the lead in the RBC Heritage after a third round of 63 at Harbour Town Golf Links. He is trying to win his first PGA Tour event and has a chance to do that. But to get there‚ he'll need crisp golf on Sunday. He'll be up against FedEx Cup champion Patrick Cantlay and American Shane Lowry‚ who tied for second in the field last week. Shane Lowry's consistency over the past few years has earned him a spot in the top 50 of the world rankings. After all‚ he's now within three strokes of the top 50. After hitting a tee shot into the waste bunker on the par-3 14th‚ Lowry rolled his second shot across the green into the water. The double bogey cost him a shot and dropped him to 12 under. The Irishman had a one-shot lead with five holes to go‚ but his mistake sent him back to -12. After Speith's birdie on the 18th‚ Lowry needed to find a birdie to get back in the tournament. Lowry found a bunker on the 16th and scrambled for par on the last hole. Patrick Cantlay then birdied the 18th to join Lowry at -13.
Spieth's putting woes
Jordan Spieth's putting troubles after winning the RBC Heritage were a major cause for concern after the tournament. The RBC Heritage champion was working on a 4-under-par round‚ and made an eagle on the par-5 15th. But Spieth's subsequent miss on a par putt left him two shots back. This was a humbling moment for the American‚ who ranks 180th on the PGA Tour in Strokes Gained Percentage. Spieth's final round was marred by missed putts on the first and sixth holes. However‚ after making birdies on his first and fifth holes‚ Spieth made two more on the back nine to go even closer to winning. In fact‚ he was only one shot behind at one point during the day. His last four putts were in the seven-inch range. The RBC Heritage is Spieth's first major victory as a father. He walked to the 18th green to make a 10-foot birdie‚ and his victory put the putting woes behind him. The RBC Heritage is played at Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island. At the RBC Heritage‚ the candy-cane-striped lighthouse rises behind the green. After missing the cut at the Masters‚ Spieth won the RBC Heritage in a playoff. Spieth had tied Patrick Cantlay on 13 under par and needed a hole-in-one putt to win. Then‚ in the first playoff hole‚ the two players were trapped in the greenside bunkers. Spieth's par-hole was a dunk‚ and Cantlay's long putt from the green failed to land.
Lowry's double bogey at RBC Heritage
Shane Lowry finished in a tie for third at the RBC Heritage on Monday‚ one shot off the lead. He carded a 69 on 12 under par‚ one shot behind joint leader Jordan Speith. However‚ Lowry lost his lead with a pulled tee shot and a chip shot that went over sleepers on the 14th hole. Lowry had three more chances to win on Sunday‚ but failed to do so‚ as he doubled bogey. The Irishman was one shot off the lead entering the final round‚ but his day was over after a disastrous double bogey on the 14th hole at the RBC Heritage. The double bogey putt from 20 feet moved him to -14‚ but his next hole was a par three‚ and he ran his pitch into the water. Then‚ the chasing pack hit it low. Two of the US Ryder Cup stars‚ Cam Davis and J.T Potson‚ finished with fine rounds‚ but Lowry's final round was the difference between winning the tournament and a play-off. Shane Lowry is now one shot off the lead at the RBC Heritage‚ but Tommy Fleetwood and Harold Varner III are both in contention. After a six-under 65 on Friday‚ Lowry sits at 10 under. Harold Varner III shot the round of the day‚ and he was one shot behind Lowry. Lowry's bogey on the 14th was his second of the day. After his bogey on the 15th‚ Lowry dropped from the outright leader to the group chasing Jordan Spieth. He needed to birdie the last two holes to force a play-off‚ and he had a chance to do that with a 10-foot par putt. The bogey on the 17th forced him to settle for a bogey from 12 feet and a one-putt on the last green to tie for third.
Spieth's par putt to keep playoff alive
The back nine was a game changer‚ as Jordan Spieth birdied two holes and made two bogeys to stay three shots behind Ryan Moore. After a bogey on the previous hole‚ Spieth hit a stunning tee shot over the water on 18 to make par. Jordan Spieth's par putt from six feet on the 18th was a tough slog‚ but he pushed it into the left side of the cup and kept his playoff hopes alive. Spieth eagled his final hole and finished the tournament at 13-under-par. It was the best golf round of his career‚ and his par putt on 18 to make the playoff was just a few inches off the cup. After two rounds of bogeys‚ Spieth sunk a 10-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole and made it to the green. The par putt gave Spieth enough cushion to win the tournament‚ and he finished one shot ahead of Patrick Cantlay. A few weeks ago‚ Spieth was leading in Strokes Gained and Strokes Made‚ but the change in his swing has been working for him. He hasn't relied on his putter to win majors‚ but he has been putting better than most of the field for the last three weeks. He rolled in more birdies than anyone else in the field‚ and his putting continues to improve. After missing the cut at the Masters one week ago‚ Spieth had two tournaments in Hawaii. He finished ninth at the Sentry Tournament of Champions and 18th at the Sony Open. He also made a par putt during the second round on Sunday‚ and a playoff with Dustin Johnson was required to decide who would win the tournament. The two players will play a playoff at the PGA Championship next week.