Japan’s Satoshi Kodaira held off South Korea’s Si Woo Kim in a sudden-death playoff at the RBC Heritage on Sunday for his first PGA Tour victory.
The pair traded pars on the first two playoff holes (both at the par 4 No. 18) and then moved on to the par 3 17th hole. Kodaira had a chance at a birdie putt on the first hole, but missed, while Kim missed a 25-footer potential winner on the second.
Kodaira then sank a 25-footer for birdie on the third playoff hole to seal it.
It’s the first PGA Tour win for Kodaira, who has six victories on the Japan Golf Tour. He finished 28th at this year’s Masters.
Kodaira fired a 5-under 66 in regulation to move 11 spots up the leaderboard and qualify for the playoff.
Kim, the 2017 Players Championship winner who entered the day in second place, shot even par in regulation.
Luke List needed to birdie one of the final two holes of regulation to reach the playoff after playing the previous six holes in 3-over, but only managed a pair of pars. Instead of continuing his quest for his first career PGA Tour victory, List had to settle for a tie for third at 11-under with Bryson DeChambeau, who shot a 5-under 66 while taking advantage of better earlier conditions.
Webb Simpson and Billy Horschel tied for fifth place at 10-under.
With the forecast calling for 40 mph winds, tournament officials moved up the final round’s start, with players teeing off split tees beginning at 7 a.m. ET and the leaders teeing off at 9 a.m. The decision was also made to slow the greens a bit to help players deal with the winds expected to increase throughout the day.
Third-round leader Ian Poulter from England struggled to adjust to the slower greens, consistently leaving putts short during a 4-over round of 75 to finish in a seven-way tie for seventh at 9-under. Poulter made the turn at 1-under for the day, but bogeyed five holes in carding a 40 on the back nine.
World No. 1 Dustin Johnson turned in his best round of the tournament, carding a 4-under 67 in the tougher conditions. He climbed 25 spots to tie for 16th.
Harris English shot the low round Sunday with a 6-under 65 to jump 37 spots into a tie for 32nd.
–Field Level Media