Winner’s Circle: Matt Fitzpatrick Claims Overtime Victory at RBC Heritage

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Matthew Fitzpatrick Wins 2023 RBC Heritage
Matthew Fitzpatrick celebrates after winning the RBC Heritage in a playoff at Harbour Town Golf Links on Apr 16, 2023 in Hilton Head, SC. (Photo by Ben Jared for the PGA TOUR via Getty Images)

Matt Fitzpatrick shot a final-round 68 at Harbour Town and then defeated Jordan Spieth (66) in a playoff.

The Englishman trailed Spieth by two shots with five to play but made birdies on Nos. 15 and 16s to tie for the lead on 17 under.

In overtime, Spieth, the defending champion, had two prime chances to close it out. First, with a 12-foot birdie putt on 18: as he raised his putter in celebration, the ball caught the right edge and spun out. Then Speith came up short on a 9-foot birdie putt on 17.

Fitzpatrick won it on the next hole – the second time on 18, stuffing his approach to a foot, then tapping in for birdie to secure his second career PGA Tour victory.

Spieth was still stunned his first playoff putt didn’t drop.

“I think if I hit the same putt 10 times, it does in eight,” said Spieth said. “It should go left at the very end there on the grain. It just wasn’t meant to be.”

For his victory at Hilton Head, Fitzpatrick earned $3,600,000 and 500 FedExCup points. He will move to No. 9 on the money list and 22nd in points. He also picked up 67 world ranking points and is expected to move into the top 10 of the OWGR for the second time in his career.


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Pro-File: Matt Fitzpatrick

Matthew Fitzpatrick Wins 2023 RBC Heritage
Matthew Fitzpatrick celebrates with caddie Billy Foster after winning the RBC Heritage in a playoff at Harbour Town Golf Links on Apr 16, 2023 in Hilton Head, SC. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox via Getty Images)

Name: Matthew Thomas Fitzpatrick
Nationality: England
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 165
Birthdate: Sep 1, 1994 (age 28)
Native: Sheffield, England
Resides: Jupiter, FL
College: Northwestern
Turned Pro: 2014
Best Masters: T7 (2016)
Best PGA: T5 (2022)
Best Open: T20 (2019)
Best U.S. Open: Won (2022)
Equipment: Titleist


Leaderboard: 2023 RBC Heritage

Matthew Fitzpatrick Wins 2023 RBC Heritage
Matthew Fitzpatrick tees off on the 16th hole during the final round of the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links on Apr 16, 2023 in Hilton Head, SC. (Photo by Ben Jared for the PGA TOUR via Getty Images)
Top-10 Finishers

Pos-Player-To Par (Rd 4 Score)
1. Matt Fitzpatrick -17 (-3)*
2. Jordan Spieth -17 (-5)
3. Patrick Cantlay -16 (-3)
4. Xander Schauffele -15 (-5)
5. Sahith Theegala -14 (-6)
5. Hayden Buckley -14 (-4)
7. Brian Harman -13 (-4)
7. Sungjae Im -13 (-4)
7. Emiliano Grillo -13 (-3)
7. Cam Davis -13 (-3)
* Won in a playoff

Top-3 Check Cashers

1. Matt Fitzpatrick – $3.6m
2. Jordan Spieth – $2.18m
3. Patrick Cantlay – $1.38m


Video: Fitzpatrick’s Winning Highlights

In the final round of the 2023 RBC Heritage, Matt Fitzpatrick defeated Jordan Spieth in a three-hole playoff to claim his second win of his PGA TOUR career.


Fitzpatrick’s Winning Numbers

Matthew Fitzpatrick Wins 2023 RBC Heritage
Matthew Fitzpatrick celebrates after winning the RBC Heritage in a playoff at Harbour Town Golf Links on Apr 16, 2023 in Hilton Head, SC. (Photo by Ben Jared for the PGA TOUR via Getty Images)

Driving: 303.5 yards (15th)
Longest Drive: 329 yds (T36)
Fairways: 36/58, 62.07% (56th)
Greens: 51/75, 68.0% (23rd)
Putts/GIR: 1.569 (2nd)
Sand Saves: 5/6, 83.33% (T9)
Birdies: 20 (T6)
SG Total: 13.676 (T1)


Fitzpatrick’s PGA Tour Season

Matthew Fitzpatrick Wins 2023 RBC Heritage
Matthew Fitzpatrick poses with the trophy after winning the RBC Heritage in a playoff at Harbour Town Golf Links on Apr 16, 2023 in Hilton Head, SC. (Photo by Jason Allen for ISI Photos via Getty Images)

Starts: 11
Cuts Made: 7
Wins: 1 (RBC Heritage)
Additional Top 10: 2
Earnings: $5,166,268 (9th)
FedExCup Pts: 818 (22nd)
World Rank Before/After: 16/8


WITB: Matt Fitzpatrick 2022

Matthew Fitzpatrick Wins 2023 RBC Heritage
Matthew Fitzpatrick plays a sand shot on the 7th hole during the final round of the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links on Apr 16, 2023 in Hilton Head, SC. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox via Getty Images)

The reigning U.S. Open champion won in Hilton Head playing a mixed bag of PING and Titleist, including a Pro V1x golf ball.

Driver: Titleist TSi3 (9°)
3-wood: Ping G425 Max (14.5°)
Fairway: Ping G410 (20.5°)
Driving Iron: Ping i210 (4)
Irons: Ping S55 (5-PW)
Gap Wedge: Vokey SM9 (52°)
Sand Wedge: Vokey SM9 (56˚)
Lob Wedge: Vokey SM9 (60˚)
Putter: Bettinardi DASS BB1 Flow Tour Dept
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x


Credits: Getty Images, USGA, GolfWRX


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