Furyk wins RBC Heritage in playoff over Kisner

Sun Apr 19, 2015 4:20pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Jim Furyk ended a five-year PGA Tour victory drought with a birdie on the second playoff hole to beat fellow American Kevin Kisner for the RBC Heritage title on Sunday in South Carolina.

"I've let so many slide by," Furyk said about his long wait to hoist another tour trophy. "I really dug deep today and glad I got it done."

Furyk, the 2010 winner at Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island, fired an eight-under-par 63 for an 18-under total and Kisner used a birdie at the last to complete a 64 and force the sudden death playoff.

Both players birdied the first playoff hole, the par-four 18th, and moved on to the par-three 17th.

Furyk knocked his tee shot to 12 feet, and after Kisner missed his 20-footer for birdie, the 44-year-old tour veteran curled in his downhill putt to claim his 17th career PGA title and first since the 2010 Tour Championship.

Furyk sizzled on the first nine with four birdies in a row as he carded six-under 30. After his lone bogey of the day at the par-four 11th, he birdied three of the next four to charge up the leaderboard.

Kisner, 31, twice a winner on the Web.com tour, was looking for his first PGA Tour win, with his best result a tie for fourth this season at The McGladrey Classic.

The South Carolina native eagled the par-five second and added five birdies in a bogey-free round.

"I'm proud of the way I handled it. I gave myself chances," said Kisner, ranked 257th. "I'll live with that and try to win next week."   Continued...

Jim Furyk tees off on the 16th hole during the final round of play at the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports