Written By;

Carl Sengstock

South Carolina born Wesley Bryan is the first person from South Carolina to win the RBC Heritage presented by Boeing.

Today Wesley Bryan came to play. His bogey on # 3 after pars on 1 & 2 almost threw him off stride but, birdies on the next 4 holes put Wes back into the hunt.

A bogey and a par to finish out the front nine in 34 left him nicely in line for the throne.

Back nine was money for this fine young man who recently shaved off his full beard to make him look about 18 years old again.

He starts the back with 3 straight pars then birdies #13 a tough par 4, pars #14 arguably one of the toughest par 3’s on tour, birdie on the par 5…15th hole, and finishes with 3 beautiful pars.

An absolutely great tournament for this fine young man who is 27 and a rookie on the PGA Tour.

Last week he was running all over Augusta National watching the Masters, next year he will be competing in the Masters tournament! Wow what a day for Wes.

I am so proud of second place because it belongs to Luke Donald for the 5th time. That’s amazing and I think he has been 3rd at least 2 times also.

I’m not sure why Luke can not get a win on Hilton Head it is just amazing that he has all these 2nds and 3rds.

Well actually we could rename this tournament the ” Luke Donald annuity tournament”.

He really has made a ton of money here but, I firmly believe he CAN & WILL win here, if not next year it won’t be long.

Speaking of next year………it’s the 50th year of the tournament and a little birdie told me they are trying to get the living past champions to come back for the celebration.

Only Arnold Palmer & Payne Stewart are not with us anymore. Wouldn’t that be great to see 30+ former champs here next year?

Patrick Cantlay, Ollie Schneiederjans, & William McGirt all tied for 3rd place at -11 under par. It was exciting because all 3 were in contention all day today!

Tied for 6th we have Brian Gay ( a former champion), JJ Spaun ( who really impressed me all week), & Graham DeLaet. These boys were playing hard and just fell short.

A 2 way tie for ninth featured local boy Brian Harman and 27 yer old Bud Cauley. I put Bud’s age in because he looks too young to drive.

Man alive, either these guys are really looking younger each week or I am getting older quick…….I think it’s the latter.

Here comes the BIG news.

There was an 11 way tie for 11th place. In this group is Ian Poulter who needed to win $144,000 to keep his card.

I haven’t seen the official money list yet but it seems like he is going to fall short because of all the ties.

They will add 11th place money thru 21st place money and divide by 11 and that’s what each of this 11 players will receive.

It may be enough but most likely not. He does have exemptions for 2 other tournaments but he really wanted to get it done here. We will have to wait til the dust settles.

Some other big names in 11th place are Matt Kuchar, Brandt Snedeker, & Brandon Grace ( all past champions here at Harbour Town).

Sam Saunders ( Arnold Palmer’s grandson ) also finished 11th.

I heard from several people that he his really trying to win this event because his grandpa won the very first one in 1969.

How about next year on the 50th anniversary of out tournament and Sam wins!?!?!?!?

The place will go crazy.

Again a PGA event on a pristine golf course under perfect weather certainly did not let us down. Excitement on top of excitement!

Hope everybody had a beautiful Easter Sunday.


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