Graeme McDowell returns to world's top 10 after Heritage play-off victory

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Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell has returned to the top 10 of golf's world rankings after a memorable play-off victory against Webb Simpson in the RBC Heritage in South Carolina.

The 33-year-old recorded his first ever success on the regular PGA Tour circuit - and first tournament win since the Valderrama Masters in 2010 - after carding a final round of 69 at Hilton Head, to finish level with the reigning US Open champion on nine under par.

As the players returned to the 18th tee for the first play-off hole, McDowell secured par before Simpson bogeyed after missing a 12-foot putt, to gift the devoted Manchester United fan victory.

"This is one of the premier events on the PGA Tour and it's great to have taken a win on this tour," he is quoted by BBC Sport. "It's a bit special as it's a long time since I won and it feels really nice.

"I played really solidly on Sunday and I holed out well, which was the key to my round. I didn't make a ton of putts this week but I didn't make many bogeys, and that's the key to playing well at Hilton Head."

England's Luke Donald, and Kevin Streelman of the United States, finished two shots behind McDowell and Simpson, and were tied in third place.

Meanwhile, overnight leader Charley Hoffman - who started Sunday with a two-shot advantage - finished joint sixth on five under par, one shot behind his compatriot Jerry Kelly in fifth.






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