June 21 (UPI) — Following a three-hour climate delay, Webb Simpson rattled off 5 birdies in a six-hole stretch on the back 9 to declare a one-shot win over Abraham Ancer within the RBC Heritage.
Simpson closed with a bogey-free 7-under 64 on Sunday at Harbour City Golf Hyperlinks in Hilton Head, S.C. He completed at 22-under 262, breaking the event document set by Brian Homosexual in 2009 by two strokes.
“It was a loopy day,” Simpson mentioned. “I did not get it going till [hole] 12 after which the putts began stepping into and I began getting assured. It is wonderful to be standing right here proper now.”
Simpson — who gained the Phoenix Open in February — jumped to No. 5 on this planet after his victory, tying his career-best place (2012). He additionally climbed to the highest of the FedEx Cup standings.
Ancer tied for the lead with a birdie on gap No. 15 and stayed within the sport with one other on No. 17, however he could not pull any nearer to the red-hot Simpson. He hit all 18 greens and completed with a bogey-free 65.
Daniel Berger, who gained final week’s Charles Schwab Problem, was within the combine after chipping in for birdie on No. 17 and shutting with a 65. Tyrrell Hatton shot 66 and tied with Berger for third.
Sergio Garcia and Joaquin Niemann had been tied for fifth at 19-under par for the event. Brooks Koepka closed with a 65 Sunday and completed seventh, his finest outcome because the Tour Championship.
Rory McIlroy closed with a 70 and tied for 41st, his second consecutive end outdoors of the highest 30 after going seven straight occasions with no outcome worse than fifth.
The PGA Tour now travels to Connecticut for this week’s Vacationers Championship.