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By : BGA Proshop
The long lay off with the coronavirus did not affect the tour professional on the PGA Tour as there was stunning golf played again at the RBC Heritage, the second tournament back from the virus. At the start of the Sunday round, there were 4 players tied for the lead at 15 under including eventual winner Webb Simpson.
With the leaders just kicking off their round, players like Dylan Frittelli and Justin Thomas had finished their rounds with a 9 under and 8 under respectively, placing them with a tie for the lead at 17 under. Frittelli who put on a ball-striking clinic made 9 birdies for the day and no bogeys with 5 of the bridies made were with 4-foot putts or less.
At that stage, there were 7 players at 17 under and another 6 players at 16 under. The field was bunch with players like Brooks Koepka, Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia, Abraham Ancer and Bryson Dechambeau all trying to win their first tournament after the layoff. Even last weeks winner Daniel Berger was in the mix at one stage but finished tied 3rd for the tournament.
Simpson who got off to a solid start stayed in touch with the group with an outward 34 but knew he needed to get the round going if he wanted to win the tournament. He kicked things off with a birdie on the 12th and managed to reel off another 4 over the closing 6 holes. His most crucial birdie came on the par 3 17th hole which gave him the one-shot lead heading into the last.
Ancer who was playing behind Simpson was unlucky to take the tournament into a playoff. He was superb all day hitting all greens in regulation and birdied the 17th himself. He needed a birdie on the 18th to take it to extra holes but unfortunately came up 2 feet short.
"It was a crazy day," Simpson said. "I didn't get it going until 12 and then the putts started going in and I started getting confident. It's amazing to be standing here right now."
"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 U.S. Open on Father's Day, and the 2018 Players Championship on Mother's Day.