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Rory McIlroy fell to yet another poor final round as Webb Simpson came out on top at the RSC Heritage in South Carolina. The Northern Irishman found himself in contention at last week's Charles Schwab Challenge but fell away in the final round thanks to a poor Sunday showing. McIlroy's Sunday blues continued this week as the PGA Tour slowly returned to normality after two weeks of action following the months-long lockdown. The world number one failed to get going on the last day of the RSC Heritage and ended up finishing at one-over for the day and ultimately came eight shots off the lead. The Holywood native started the day strong at nine-under and he got his round off to an ideal start after a birdie on the second.
With McIlroy needing birdies to catch the leading group, he ended up taking a number of risky chances that didn't go his way. Rain and lightening eventually gave way to sunshine and Webb Simpson shone with three birdies in his final four holes to emerge as the winner. Honestly, I'm speechless right now', the American said after his victory having come into the day as part of a four-way tie for first. Webb Simpson had five birdies in a six-hole stretch on the back nine at Harbour Town and closed with a 7-under 64 for a one- shot victory over Abraham Ancer at the RBC Heritage at Hilton Head Island, S.C. (AP/Gerry Broome)--Webb Simpson celebrated another victory on Father's Day, this time with a tartan jacket instead of a U.S. Open trophy.
Simpson, who won the Phoenix Open in February, moved to No. 5 in the world. It was a tough runner-up finish for Ancer, trying to become the fifth consecutive winner of the RBC Heritage to capture his first PGA Tour victory at Harbour Town. He hit all 18 greens in regulation and tied for the lead with a bold fairway metal over the trees to the par-5 15th that set up a two-putt birdie. There was just no catching Simpson, whose only birdies were on the par 5s on the front nine until he couldn't miss. Colonial winner Daniel Berger also stayed in the mix by chipping in for birdie on the 17th and closing with a 65. Tyrrell Hatton, whose last tournament was his victory in the Arnold Palmer Invitational, was leading until a poor tee shot led to bogey on the 13th, and bogeys were hard to recover from on this day. Dylan Frittelli had the low score of a tournament filled with them, a 62 that put him in the lead before the final groups even teed off. He birdied the next two to get within one of the lead, but his hopes ended with a 5-foot birdie putt he missed on the par-5 15th. Koepka missed a pair of 5-foot par putts on the front nine. He closed with a 65 and finished seventh, his best result since the Tour Championship. "Six months off--three with the lock down and then three on my knee--so yeah, it feels like it's been a really long time since I've even felt some juices flowing," Koepka said. Rory McIlroy closed with a 70 and tied for 41st, his second consecutive result out of the top 30 after going seven consecutive events worldwide with no finish worse than fifth. The PGA Tour now heads to the Connecticut for the Travelers Championship, and it's still to be determined who will be playing until coronavirus tests are released for those on the charter flight. Until the first tournament back at Colonial in Fort Worth, the area around Harbour Town was crowded with the start of summer vacation. Webb Simpson lines up a shot on the first green during the final round of the RBC Heritage golf tournament, Sunday, June 21, 2020, in Hilton Head Island, S.C. Tyrrell Hatton reacts after hitting off the second tee during the third round of the RBC Heritage golf tournament, Saturday, June 20, 2020, in Hilton Head Island, S.C. Abraham Ancer reacts after missing a birdie to lose to Webb Simpson by one stroke on the 18th green, during the final round of the RBC Heritage golf tournament, Sunday, June 21, 2020, in Hilton Head Island, S.C. Webb Simpson waves as the sun disappears on the 18th green, on a course with no fans due to the COVID-19 pandemic, during the final round of the RBC Heritage golf tournament, Sunday, June 21, 2020, in Hilton Head Island, S.C. Brooks Koepka watches his shot off the second tee during the final round of the RBC Heritage golf tournament, Sunday, June 21, 2020, in Hilton Head Island, S.C. Abraham Ancer of Mexico hits on the 10th fairway during the final round of the RBC Heritage golf tournament, Sunday, June 21, 2020, in Hilton Head Island, S.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) 34-year-old father of five made sure it was an extra special Father's Day by recording his seventh career win on tour LONDON: Webb Simpson birdied three of his final four holes to emerge with victory at the PGA Tour's tightly-contested RBC Heritage in South Carolina on Sunday. The 34-year-old father of five made sure it was an extra special Father's Day by recording his seventh career win on the tour after his bogey-free 64 saw him finish on a combined 22-under-par 262, a stroke clear of Mexico's Abraham Ancer (65). At one point early on it looked like play might have to be completed on Monday after thunderstorms forced a two-hour and 45-minute delay but rain and lightning then gave way to sunshine at the Harbour Town course on Hilton Head Island. "It was a crazy day. Honestly, I'm speechless right now," said Simpson, who started the day in a four-way tie for first. "It looked like we weren't going to finish but we went back out. "It was a really long day on the golf course. I didn't really get going until (noon) and then the putts started going in and I was getting confident. "It's amazing to be standing here right now," added Simpson, who won the 2012 US Open on Father's Day, and the 2018 Players Championship on Mother's Day. Ancer pushed him close, the Mexican's long putt on 18 to force extra holes coming up short as the sun set. Daniel Berger (65), last week's winner at Colonial, and Englishman Tyrrell Hatton (66) finished tied for third a shot further back on 20-under 264. American Nick Watney withdrew after testing positive for Covid-19 prior to the second round on Friday.