2018 RBC Heritage Recap
RBC Heritage- Hilton Head Island, South Carolina- Another playoff determines another PGA
victory. This victory crowned first time PGA Tour winner Satoshi Kodaira after 3 playoff holes
and a miraculous six stroke comeback.
The 28 year old player from Japan methodically shot a 5-under 66 on Sunday to take on
Si Woo Kim in extra holes. Kodaira was still three strokes behind Kim after nine but Si Woo
would bogey three late holes and miss a 6 foot birdie putt to seal the deal. Kodaira and Kim
would play the 18th hole twice, where they parred both times, and would move on to the par-3
17th. With similar tee shots and just over 20 feet for birdie, Kodaira would sink his 25 footer
while Kim would fall just short of the hole.
It may come as a surprise to most U.S. fans to see Kodaira win but it is no shock to fans
who tune in to the Japan Golf Tour. Kodaira had only cracked the top 30 once in his first 14
starts on tour, last week at the Masters, and this was his first victory within the top 25 this year.
With a win and a two-year PGA Tour exemption, Kodaira plans on agreeing to a PGA Tour
As for Si Woo Kim, he had many chances to win this weekend but never took advantage
of the moments. He was 3-under after the front nine and held on to a two shot lead over the rest
of the field. He would go on to miss multiple putts under 15 feet in the final five holes and shot a
1-over par 72 to end Sunday.
-Bryson DeChambeau, 36 hole leader, looked like he was cruising to victory until he teed
off on Saturday. DeChambeau would shoot an abysmal 75 and fall to T-20 before the final 18 on
Sunday. Things would come back together but just a little bit too late. Bryson finished tied for
3rd with a final round 66.
-Luke List missed a 10-footer on 18 that would have also put him in the playoff, but he
could not find the bottom of the cup. This poor putting would haunt him for 6 bogeys on Sunday
and make it quite remarkable he was even in the running for the top of the leaderboard.
-Ian Poulter lead after Saturday but completely fell apart on the back nine. With bogeys
at the 10th, 13th, 14th, 16th, and 17th, he would finish with a final round 75 and tied for seventh.
We head to the Valero Texas Open where we see if Kevin Chappell can defend his 2017
victory at TPC San Antonio.
Satoshi Kodaira’s Winning What’s In The Bag
Driver: PRGR RS Prototype 10.5° (Graphite Design Tour AD-DI Quattro Tech 75X)
3 Wood: TaylorMade M2 2017 15° (Graphite Design Tour AD-DI Quattro Tech 75X)
5 Wood: PRGR iD Nabla 18° (Graphite Design Tour AD-GP Quattro Tech 75X)
Driving Iron: PRGR iD Nabla RS Tour 3 Iron (Graphite Design Tour AD HY-105TX)
Irons: PRGR Tune 4-P (True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue)
Wedges: PRGR iD Nabla Tour 52, Fourteen Golf RM-22 60-10 (True Temper Dynamic Gold
Putter: Scotty Cameron Tour Only Prototype (Scotty Cameron Pistol Grip)
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x