Submitted by George Hines
With excitement and surprises the Masters brought last week. we head to Hilton Head, South Carolina. The Heritage presented by RBC and Boeing. The promise of a fly by by the newest creation of Boeing. The recovery of of a tourney by RBC injecting new money into the golf tournament only fueled the excitement that was to occur on the course layout this week.
The Harbour Town layout measures out at 7,101 yards featuring narrow fairways, small greens and a tricky wind this week for our golfers. This week the golfers were greeted with a Par 5 2nd hole that gave up 14 of 16 Eagles for the tourney placing a premium on ball placement more than length of drive. The GIR was the highest on this Par 5 at 78%. Putting on this green averaged at 1.52 for the lowest tally on the course. Far and away the toughest hole was 18 giving up only 17 birdies. The seaside Par 4 finishing hole famous for it lighthouse background was also famous for undoing many a golfers score: 120 over par scores including 71 bogey scores, 31 Double bogeys, and 13 other scores that led many of golfers to the 19th hole at the nearest grill.
Jeff Maggert opened on Thursday opening up the course with 9 birdies and 3 bogey holes to lead by one with a 65. A quartet of golfers came in right behind him at 66 Bill Haas, Zach Johnson, Webb Simson and Bud Cauley. In third at 67 Scott Piercy, Rich Beem, Sunghoon Kang, Chad Collins, Blake Adams and DJ Trahan followed closely behind.
Webb Simpson took control of the tourney with his record setting 62 round on Thursday. Low score for the 2012 ASG PGA Tournament season. Webb scored 10 birdies and only one bogey on the first hole. (He would bogey the first hole for the next two days). DJ Trahan moved into 2nd with -3 from yesterday 3rd place finish. Justin Leonard moved into third place with another -3 round.
Scores seemed to be going back to par over the next two days. Webb Simpson struggled with a +2 on Saturday and fell to -12 for the tourney. Four Bogeys led to his less than stellar round. Bill Haas who made a run at Webb with a 68 was four back. DJ Trahan slipped back to even par and was seven back.
The moderate winds continued on Sunday but both scored even par rounds and Webb Simpson won the tourney by 5 strokes over DJ Trahan with Zack Johnson coming in third 8 strokes back.