‘Very, very special’: Matt Fitzpatrick denies Jordan Spieth to win RBC Heritage

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Spieth missed two excellent chances to successfully defend a title for the first time in his career.
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April 16, 2023
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Matt Fitzpatrick beat Jordan Spieth in a play-off to win the RBC Heritage (Stephen B. Morton/AP)

US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick defeated Jordan Spieth in a thrilling play-off to win his first regular PGA Tour title in the RBC Heritage.

Fitzpatrick birdied the third extra hole at Hilton Head after the pair had finished tied on 17 under par, with Spieth missing two excellent chances to successfully defend a title for the first time in his career.

Spieth was dismayed to lip out for birdie on the first play-off hole, the three-time major winner raising his putter in celebration before seeing his ball catch the edge of the cup and spin out.

Both players had birdie chances on the second extra hole, the par-three 17th, with Fitzpatrick missing an almost identical putt to the one he had in regulation and Spieth’s attempt from nine feet drifting agonisingly across the hole.

But Fitzpatrick then sealed victory in stunning fashion as the pair returned to the 18th, the 28-year-old’s approach from 186 yards pulling up just inches from the hole to set up the easiest of winning birdies.

“It was another nine iron,” a smiling Fitzpatrick told CBS, a reference to the club he used to make par from a fairway bunker on the 72nd hole of his US Open triumph at Brookline last year.

“It’s hard to describe. I said to Billy (Foster, his caddie) it doesn’t get better than this, walking down here, it’s a course I dreamed of playing when I was young.

“I managed to play it a couple of times with my dad and this one means more than anything.”

Spieth, who beat Patrick Cantlay on the first hole of a play-off 12 months ago, began the day two shots behind Fitzpatrick but birdied four of the first six holes and took the outright lead when Fitzpatrick bogeyed the seventh.

Cantlay then birdied the ninth and 10th, where Spieth got up and down from 168 yards for par after pulling his tee shot into the water, to move into a tie for the lead, but bogeyed the 13th as Spieth made birdie to briefly enjoy a two-shot lead.

Spieth and Cantlay both bogeyed the 14th after missing the green left, Cantlay’s chip running across the green and almost into the water before getting stuck against a wooden pylon on the edge of the hazard.

Fitzpatrick finally ended a run of seven straight pars with birdies on the 15th and 16th to join Spieth in the lead and missed from seven feet for another on the 17th, with neither player able to birdie the last to win in regulation.

“Of every single one on the calendar, this is the one that I’d want to win most,” added Fitzpatrick, who used to attend the tournament as a spectator while on holiday with his family.

“So far I’ve been very lucky in my career, I’ve won a major and now this and multiple times in Europe as well and this one is just very, very special.

Pos.PlayerTo ParR1R2R3R4Total
1Matt Fitzpatrick-1766706368267
2Jordan Spieth-1768676666267
3Patrick Cantlay-1669656668268
4Xander Schauffele-1567667066269
T5Sahith Theegala-1470686765270
T5Hayden Buckley-1469686667270
T7Brian Harman-1365706967271
T7Sungjae Im-1366726667271
T7Emiliano Grillo-1368676868271
T7Cam Davis-1370676668271
T11Scottie Scheffler-1268656970272
T11Chez Reavie-1272666569272
T11Taylor Moore-1268676770272
T11Mark Hubbard-1268666870272
T15Sam Burns-1169706965273
T15Jon Rahm-1172646968273
T15Rickie Fowler-1167686870273
T15Tommy Fleetwood-1169656871273
T19Christiaan Bezuidenhout-1071687164274
T19Tyrrell Hatton-1068707066274
T19Carson Young-1068686969274
T19Patrick Rodgers-1068716669274
T19Russell Henley-1072666670274
T19Matt Kuchar-1068676871274
T25Justin Thomas-969687266275
T25Denny McCarthy-971666969275
T25Justin Rose-966677270275
T25Jimmy Walker-965657273275
T29Wyndham Clark-867736670276
T29Michael Thompson-871686770276
T31Beau Hossler-769687268277
T31Adam Schenk-771696968277
T31Tony Finau-770687069277
T31Nate Lashley-769677170277
T31Ben Griffin-770657171277
T31Gary Woodland-769687070277
T31Collin Morikawa-772686671277
T31Adam Scott-769686872277
T31Corey Conners-770686772277
T31Patton Kizzire-770656973277
T41James Hahn-670697168278
T41K.H. Lee-671696969278
T41Ben Martin-671687069278
T41Adam Svensson-671677070278
T41Nick Taylor-670706771278
T41Chris Kirk-669696872278
T41Lee Hodges-670676873278
T48Garrick Higgo-573667367279
T48Aaron Rai-563717174279
T48Keegan Bradley-573676475279
T51Kevin Streelman-470697467280
T51Cameron Young-471687071280
T51Brendon Todd-470676875280
T54Zach Johnson-366717371281
T54Doug Ghim-368687372281
T56Danny Willett-270687470282
T56Ernie Els-268707173282
T56Scott Stallings-266726876282
T59Matthew NeSmith-171697469283
T59Viktor Hovland-164707871283
T59Andrew Putnam-167727074283
T59Adam Long-168726875283
T63Harris EnglishPar70707470284
T63Max McGreevyPar70707272284
T63Lucas HerbertPar72677174284
T63Davis ThompsonPar72657275284
T67Luke Donald+170707669285
T67Jim Herman+169717372285
T67Shane Lowry+170697472285
T67Austin Smotherman+169707373285
71Justin Lower+470707672288
72Kramer Hickok+568717575289
73Justin Suh+873677478292
CUTCallum Tarren-17368--141
CUTAlex Smalley-17170--141
CUTTom Kim-17170--141
CUTRobert Streb-16972--141
CUTJ.T. Poston-17071--141
CUTStewart Cink-16873--141
CUTDavis Riley-17170--141
CUTScott Piercy-16972--141
CUTMin Woo Lee-17170--141
CUTTroy Merritt-17269--141
CUTDavid Lipsky-17071--141
CUTJoel Dahmen-16675--141
CUTErik van Rooyen-16972--141
CUTTaylor Pendrith-17368--141
CUTThomas DetryPar7468--142
CUTKevin TwayPar7270--142
CUTTyler DuncanPar7369--142
CUTWebb SimpsonPar7072--142
CUTSam RyderPar7171--142
CUTSatoshi KodairaPar7072--142
CUTTrey MullinaxPar7072--142
CUTAndrew LandryPar7369--142
CUTMaverick McNealyPar7270--142
CUTKurt KitayamaPar7072--142
CUTRyan PalmerPar7072--142
CUTGreyson SiggPar7171--142
CUTChesson HadleyPar7171--142
CUTDoc Redman+17370--143
CUTBilly Horschel+16974--143
CUTMackenzie Hughes+17073--143
CUTC.T. Pan+17370--143
CUTWesley Bryan+17271--143
CUTBrandon Wu+17271--143
CUTSam Stevens+17271--143
CUTMatthias Schwab+17271--143
CUTJ.J. Spaun+17469--143
CUTRyan Brehm+16974--143
CUTNick Hardy+27074--144
CUTStephan Jaeger+27074--144
CUTTaylor Montgomery+27371--144
CUTSi Woo Kim+27074--144
CUTNico Echavarria+27470--144
CUTAdam Hadwin+37471--145
CUTPeter Malnati+37372--145
CUTMartin Laird+37570--145
CUTKeith Mitchell+37273--145
CUTMax Homa+37372--145
CUTKelly Kraft+37471--145
CUTRyan Moore+37669--145
CUTLanto Griffin+47373--146
CUTRichy Werenski+47373--146
CUTChad Ramey+47274--146
CUTAkshay Bhatia+47571--146
CUTJason Dufner+47274--146
CUTSepp Straka+57671--147
CUTBen Taylor+57572--147
CUTCameron Champ+57374--147
CUTTommy Gibson+57176--147
CUTLucas Glover+66979--148
CUTDavis Love III+67276--148
CUTLuke List+67474--148
CUTBrian Gay+77475--149
CUTTom Hoge+77475--149
CUTSeamus Power+77772--149
CUTMatt Wallace+97774--151
CUTRussell Knox+97774--151
CUTJim Furyk+97378--151
W/DKevin Kisner-79---79
W/DDylan Frittelli-80---80
W/DRyan Fox------
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RBC Heritage 2023

Date: April 13th - 16th 2023

Location: Harbour Town Golf Links, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Purse: $20,000,000

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