Robert Streb and Kevin Kisner both know how to win on the Seaside Course at Sea Island Resort, and this time they went to a playoff.
Streb, the 2014 champion of what was then the McGladrey Classic, nearly holed his approach shot from 160 yards on the second playoff hole and tapped in for a birdie to turn back Kisner to become the first two-time winner of what is now the RSM Classic in St. Simons Island, Ga.
“First off, I was just happy not to be in the bunker again (after driving into it on the first extra hole),” said Streb, whose only two PGA Tour victories have come in this event. “It looked like my ball might jump out of a lie in the first cut (of rough), so I went with a pitching wedge and it just came out perfectly.
“Kis played a great round today, but I snuck one in (for birdie) on the 17th hole and was fortunate to get into the playoff. I do like it here, even though my finishes have been all over the lot. The greens are pure and if you are playing well, you can score.
“It’s nice to get another (win) knocked off.”
Streb, who held at least a share of the lead from the second round until the back nine on Sunday, sank an 11-foot birdie putt at No. 17th but missed a 14-footer on the last hole that would have given him the victory in regulation.
After taking a three-stroke lead into the final round, Streb finished with a 68 for a 72-hole total of 19-under 263.
Kisner, who has won three times on the PGA Tour including the 2015 RSM Classic, collected seven birdies—one out of the bushes at No. 7—while closing with a 63 that put him one stroke ahead until Streb’s birdie at No. 17.
On the first playoff hole, Kisner missed a 14-foot birdie putt that would have made him a winner.
After Streb made an eight-foot putt to save par on the first extra hole after driving into the bunker, Kisner sank a 20-footer to save par on the second playoff hole before Streb tapped in the winner from about a foot away.
“Hats off to Robert,” said Kisner, whose last victory came in the 2019 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Championship. “He hit a heck of a shot on 18 and he played great as well to come back, birdie 17 and he’s a deserving champion.”
Cameron Tringale of Mission Viejo, who played college golf at Georgia Tech, birdied the last five holes on the front nine en route to a 62 and was one shot back in solo third, while Bernd Wiesberger of Austria collected five birdies on the front nine in a 63 and was one more back in a tie for fourth with Andrew Landry, who holed a 23-foot eagle putt on No. 15 in a bogey-free 64.
Harris English recorded six birdies on the front nine in a 62 and was three strokes behind in a tie for sixth with Camilo Villegas of Colombia and Kyle Stanley, who both shot 66, and two-time major winner Zach Johnson, who rallied from a triple-bogey 8 at No. 7 to finish at 68.
Corey Conners of Canada carded a bogey-free 64 to wind up four down in a tie for 10th with Patton Kizzire, who had three bogeys coming home to total 68.
Former world No. 1 Jason Day of Australia, who has struggled with a back injury, tied for 12th after a 65, while 10th-ranked Tyrell Hatton of England tied for 23rd after a bogey-free 65, and sixth-ranked Webb Simpson, who has lost twice in playoffs at the RSM Classic including last year, closed with a bogey-free 66 to tie for 37th.
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