Jordan Spieth Claims RBC Heritage Thriller

Not only did Spieth claim his 13th PGA Tour title, but his first as a father, as he defeated Patrick Cantlay in a dramatic play-off

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Speaking after his round, Jordan Spieth stated: "I won this golf tournament without a putter." After picking up his 13th PGA Tour title, we somewhat agree, with the 28-year-old securing his first ever victory as a father.

It had been a thrilling final day at the RBC Heritage, with multiple players vying for the title. However, at Harbour Town, it was Spieth who came out on top, defeating Patrick Cantlay at the very first play-off hole.

Beginning the final round, it was Harold Varner who started at the top of the leaderboard. On a day where scoring was very gettable, it was Australian, Cam Davies, who set the early marker, with a stunning eight-under-par 63 final round, putting down a 12-under-par tournament target.

There was still a lot of golf to look forward to though and, after the front nine, it was Eric Van Rooyen and Shane Lowry who held the initiative, as both men stood at 13-under-par and just a shot ahead of an extremely congested leaderboard.

As the back nine progressed, it was Lowry who took the lead. That was until he chipped in the water at the par 3 14th. Away from the mishap, it was Spieth who was making up the ground, with birdies at the 13th and the 18th setting the target at 13-under.

Many thought that may have not been enough, but, as many struggled over the more difficult nine, that score looked more and more competitive. Had it not been for a missed 18-inch putt on Saturday, Spieth would have won outright. Instead, his score was joined by Cantlay, who produced a late birdie to join his fellow countryman.

Spieth kisses his wife

Spieth and wife, Annie Verret, celebrate with son, Sammy, on the 18th green 

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For Lowry and Varner, both would need to birdie the last to secure a spot in a play-off. However, both men couldn't muster the needed three, with the duo visibly disappointed.

Heading to a play-off, Spieth and Cantlay placed their tee shots perfectly on the fairway. The first mistake though came from Spieth, with the American sticking his approach in the bunker short of the green. All Cantlay had to do was not follow him, but the 30-year-old did, with his ball also finding the bunker short. The difference was that Cantlay's ball was badly plugged...

What followed was a stunning shot from Spieth that forced Cantlay to also get up-and-down. However, with a plugged lie, his shot flew 25-feet past, with his putt failing to drop. As a result, Spieth tapped-in for his first win in a year, and his first as a father. 

With the win, the 28-year-old moves back inside the World's top 10 and also excites the golfing world as he picks up his second win in a row at Easter time. You may ask why this is exciting, well, it may be worth noting that The Masters next year falls on Easter Sunday...

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x