HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Webb Simpson celebrated another success on Father’s Day, now using a tartan coat rather than a U.S. Open decoration.
At a crazy sprint to the end after a three-hour storm postpone, Simpson ran off five birdies in a six-hole stretch to the back nine in Harbour Town and shut using a 7-under 64 to get a one-shot victory over Abraham Ancer.
Simpson won the U.S. Open at Olympic Club at 2012. The U.S. Open was scheduled to finish on Father’s Day each year because 1976, however, it had been transferred to September this season due to this COVID-19 pandemic.
The RBC Heritage stuffed the place on the program, and Simpson, a father of five, turned into a winner for the second time this season with a record score in Harbour Town.
He did not have a great deal of choice, with a lot of low scores to a gentle course with minimal breeze. He ended 22-below 262, busting by 2 the championship record set by Brian Gay in 2009.
“It was a crazy day,” Simpson explained. “I did not get it moving till 12, and the putts started going in and I started becoming convinced. It is great to be standing here now.”
Simpson, who won the Phoenix Open in February, transferred to No. 5 on earth. He also moved into the Peak of the FedEx Cup.
It was a challenging runner-up end for Ancer, attempting to become the fifth straight winner of this RBC Heritage to catch his first PGA Tour victory at Harbour Town. He struck all 18 greens in regulation and tied to the lead with a daring fairway metal across the trees into the par-5 15th that put a two-putt birdie. In addition, he remained in the match with a birdie on the 17th.
Ancer shot 65.
There was simply no catching Simpson, whose sole birdies were about the par 5s on the front nine before he could not miss. He rolled in birdie putts from 10 ft and 20 ft on the 12th and 13th, two-putted for birdie on the 15th then sealed it with two birdies from 15 ft and 18 ft )
Colonial winner Daniel Berger also remained in the combination by chipping in for birdie on the 17th and final using a 65. Tyrrell Hatton, whose final tournament was his success at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, was top until a bad tee shot caused by bogey on the 13th, and bogeys were difficult to recuperate from on this particular day. He shot 66 and tied for third party.
Dylan Frittelli had the low score of a championship filled together, a 62 that set him in the lead prior to the last bands teed off. Justin Thomas needed a 63 and tied him. Both knew it was not going to hold up, particularly after returning from a storm postpone to softer conditions.
However, it resulted in a carousel of contenders, as well as Brooks Koepka obtained in the combination.
Koepka hit driver on the 331-yard hole which struck the slope over the bunker and settled three ft because of his eagle. He also birdied the next two to get inside one of their guide, but his hopes ended with a 5-foot birdie putt he missed about the par-5 15th. Koepka missed a set of 5-foot par putts on the front nine.
He shut using a 65 and finished seventh, his very best result since the Tour Championship.
“Six months away — three with the lockdown, then three in my knee so yeahit seems as though it has been a very long time since I have even felt some juices flowing,” Koepka explained. “It just felt nice to be in contention.”
Rory McIlroy closed using a 70 and tied to 41st, his second directly result from their best 30 after moving seven consecutive events globally with no end worse than fifth.
The PGA Tour now heads into the Connecticut for its Travelers Championship, and it is still to be decided who’ll be playing until coronavirus evaluations are published for people on the charter flight.
The uncertainty stems from the very first positive test — Nick Watney on Friday — combined with 11 evaluations for those who’d been connected with Watney. Until the very first championship back in Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, the region round Harbour Town was packed with the beginning of summer holiday.
Those not on the charter is going to be tested upon arrival in Connecticut. Any positive test means a participant must draw.