McDowell Wins RBC Heritage

Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell secured his first victory since 2010 after beating Webb Simpson at the RBC Heritage.

McDowell defeated fellow U.S. Open champ Simpson in a playoff for his second career victory on the PGA Tour.

The two players were tied on nine under after 72 holes but it would take just one extra hole to separate them. A par at the first play-off hole was enough to see McDowell win his first tournament of the year after Simpson's birdie putt was cruelly blown away from the cup, with the American then unable to salvage a par.

"I played well all week - my putter was cold before I got it going in the final round," said McDowell.

McDowell's been at the center of some of golf's biggest moments, from his US Open triumph at Pebble Beach in 2010 to capturing the winning point for Europe in that year's Ryder Cup matches. He has six European PGA victories, too, but he hadn't triumphed in the weekly grind of the world's top tour.

"This game kicks you more often than it gives you a pat on the back," McDowell said. "It's hard to win."

But on a wind-blown Harbour Golf Links McDowell found what was necessary to win on the first extra hole.