Shane Lowry watched in agony as his winning streak extended to 1002 days as he ended a shot outside of a playoff for the RBC Heritage at Hilton Head.
Without a win since The Open in 2019, he went a stroke behind Harold Varner III going into the finals, but while he was racing four birdies ahead in his first 11 holes, a double bogey finally left him on the par-3 14 Am 18th, he needed a birdie to join a playoff with Jordan Spieth and Patrick Cantlay at 13 under par.
He hit a perfect tee shot on the 18th but fell short with his approach in the sand and had to make a nine-foot shot for par and a two-under 69 to be in a seven-way tie with Varner, Cam Davis , to land third. JT Poston, Matt Kuchar, Sepp Straka, and Cameron Young.
Spieth made two eagles on the front nine and a 10-footer for birdie on the 18th for a five-under 66 to set the target at 13-under.
He was eventually joined at the front by Cantlay, who birded 17th from nine feet to the tie but missed last with a 15ft for the overall and tapped for a 68 to secure extra holes.
Coming back for the playoffs in 18th, Spieth paced up and down the sand to earn his 13th PGA Tour win when Cantlay pocketed the same bunker and failed to extend the action from 35 feet.
It was a brave performance from Lowry, who topped his second place second on the par 5 but got going from fourth with three straight birdies to tie the lead.
After making an eight foot on the 185-yard par 3, he chipped to birdie four feet on the par five fifth and fired a 167-yard approach to six feet on the sixth.
He then fought for pars on the next two holes to turn 33 before making a clear shot on the 11th where he rolled a 20-foot hole to finish 14-under.
He was in trouble again after going long on two on the 12th but played a sensational chip at five feet and rapped in the putt.
Spieth shagged the last from 15 feet for a 66 that included two Eagle threes on the front nine to get inside one of Lowry.
But while the Clara-man paced from 99 yards on the 13th and celebrated clenched fists as his six-footer fell on par, a double-bogey five proved at the dangerous 198-yard-14. as deadly.
Left in a sandy area off the tee, his pitch lost spin on a drop and ran through the green into the water.
That left him a shot behind Spieth in a seven-way tie for second place at 12-under, but he couldn’t find the birdie he needed to get home.
He had chances too, but failed to birdie on the par-5 15th, then missed a 16-foot on the 16th and a nine-foot after a glorious nine-iron on the par-3 17th. Graeme McDowell made five birdies in a three-under 68 to finish in eight-under tied 21st.
https://www.independent.ie/sport/golf/shane-lowry-comes-up-short-as-spieth-claims-rbc-heritage-after-playoff-41562301.html Shane Lowry comes up short as Spieth claims RBC Heritage after playoffs