Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
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Kodaira triumphs at Hilton Head for first PGA Tour win

Kodaira triumphs at Hilton Head for first PGA Tour win

"This is what I was dreaming about", Kodaira, who tied for 28th at last week's U.S. Masters, said through a translator.

Kodaira, who trailed Kim by five shots heading into the final round, shot a five-under 66 to finish 12 under for the tournament.

The tournament appeared in steady hands with Kim, whose bulldog focus and shot-making held everyone off to win The Players Championship last May.

England golfer Ian Poulter extended his recent run of form with a four-under 67 yesterday morning (Singapore time) that gave him a one-stroke lead heading into the final round of the RBC Heritage in SC.

Both had made bogeys at 17 in the final round but Kodaira solved the tricky hole for the victory.

Kim blasted out of greenside bunkers to within five feet to birdie the par-5 second and fifth holes, then holed out from 22 feet at the ninth to make the turn on 15 under. Kodaira matched Kim with two pars on the 18th hole before rolling in his winning putt on the par-3 17th. Kodaira said that was the most nervous he was during his wait of about an hour before the playoff.

Kim came up short on his 21-footer for birdie to keep the playoff going. "I wish some of those putts would have dropped".

World number 31 Poulter enjoyed a bogey-free trip around Harbour Town on Hilton Head Island to reach 13 under for the week and move one shot clear of South Korea's Kim Si-woo (68) and American Luke List (67).

Playing Harbour Town for the first time, Kodaira opened with a 73, then followed with the tournament's best round of the week, 63, on Friday.

Sunday's win could represent Kodaira's breakthrough on the Tour as he looks to become more of a mainstay on the final day.

Dustin Johnson finished with his best round of the week, a 67, and tied for 16th, ensuring that he will stay at No. 1 in the world for at least the next two weeks.

Whoever leader Bryson DeChambeau (seventy five) faltered early using a triple-bogey at the par-five moment and inserted two double-bogeys over his last six holes sit seven shots. The weather, while overcast and windy at times, remained calm enough to get in the final round without disruption.

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