Furyk goes from fun in NMB to triumph in Hilton Head

golf-furykehootieJim Furyk started the busy week with a relaxing loss in the Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am at Barefoot Resort and finished it with a playoff victory in the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town.

Furyk, who won the Hootie and the Blowfish charity event in 2014 but lost the PGA Tour event in Hilton Head, reversed the trend this year with Sunday’s impressive day of golf.

Furyk made a birdie on the second playoff hole to beat Kevin Kisner and shot a final-round 8-under-par 63, the best round of the day, on his way to his first PGA Tour title since 2010.

Kisner, who was after his first PGA Tour win, fired a 7-under 64 in the final round, including a birdie on the final hole that forced a playoff. Both Furyk and Kisner birdied the first playoff hole before heading to the par-3 17th.

Furyk, who missed the cut at the Masters, and Kisner both finished at 18-under 266 for the tournament, two strokes ahead of Troy Merritt, who led the field by three strokes heading into Sunday’s play but shot a 2-under 69 in the final round to finish third.

One stroke behind Merritt was Brendon Todd, who finished one shot ahead of fifth-place finisher Matt Kuchar. Masters champion Jordan Spieth fired a final-round 1-under-par 70 and finished at 10-under, eight strokes off the lead and tied for 11th.

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