Jim Furyk finally broke his title drought on the PGA Tour, doing so in dramatic fashion Sunday at the RBC Heritage with a playoff victory over Kevin Kisner, who was playing in front of his home state fans in Charleston, South Carolina.
“It’s really not relief at all,” he said. “It’s zero percent relief and 100 percent joy. It feels really good.”
It was a streak of 100 starts without a win, but Furyk birdied both ends of the two-hole playoff. He won the RBC Heritage in 2010 as well, a year that also saw him earn top honors at The Tour Championship in route to being awarded the FedEx Cup.
Furyk shot a closing round 63, Kisner a 64. Both men birdied the first playoff hole, but only Furyk was able to repeat the process on the second one.
Furyk was absolutely on fire for much of Saturday, going 6-under on the front nine, including four straight birdies to close it. His only blemish was a bogey on 11, and he followed it up with birdies on 12, 13, and 15.
Kisner could hardly be faulted for his effort either, shooting between 64 and 68 all four days. He had five birdies and an eagle in the regular frame on Saturday.
Both men finished two strokes ahead of Day 3 leader Troy Merritt, who fired three 69s and his Day Two 61.
Masters champion Jordan Spieth finished tied for 11th with a closing-round 70, eight strokes off the leaders. Spieth had three birdies on the front nine, but a bogey on 10 and a double on 14 effectively eliminated him from any sort of grandiose finish.