RBC Heritage 2014: Winners and Losers from Hilton Head

Ben Alberstadt@benalberstadtFeatured ColumnistApril 20, 2014

RBC Heritage 2014: Winners and Losers from Hilton Head

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    While Masters champion Bubba Watson puts his feet up at the Greenbrier Resort, basking in the afterglow of his second Augusta triumph, plenty of PGA Tour professionals worked the week after the season's first major. 

    Watson earned his green jacket at Augusta last week. This week, however, Matt Kuchar earned himself a plaid jacket (awarded to the winner of the RBC Heritage) in Hilton Head, S.C. 

    Kuchar, and his coat that rivals Joseph's, is an obvious winner this week. 

    Who (and what) joins him on our list of winners, and what occupies the opposite side of the ledger? Read on to find out.

Winner: The Color Blue

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    Blue. It's a great color, right? In addition to featuring prominently all week in the RBC Heritage telecast in the form of both the Atlantic Ocean and rains during the second round, it was all over the leaderboard Sunday. 

    Kuchar (winner), Luke Donald (second) and John Huh (tied for third) all outfitted themselves in the color on Sunday. 

    And the tournament's sponsor, the Royal Bank of Canada, what do you think the dominant color in their logo is? 

    You guessed it.

Loser: Plaid

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    Sorry. It has to be said: The plaid jacket the winner of the RBC Heritage gets looks like either an ironic Christmas blazer or something your Scottish grandfather might wear.

    Even with their "Get Your Plaid On" initiative, the RBC Heritage can't make the silly coat pictured above look cool. Only one tournament ought to give its winner a jacket. And we all know that jacket is green. 

    The tartan pattern has a long and glorious history. Unfortunately, the Heritage Plaid, in its jacket form, is not part of that history.

Winner: The Happy Warrior Mentality

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    Kuchar three-whacked it from four feet on the 17th hole during the final round of the RBC Heritage. He walked off the green tied with Donald instead of leading by three strokes, which he would have been had he managed to hole the four-footer. 

    When Kuchar's approach shot at 18 found the right front bunker, all he did was calmly hole his bunker shot to move one shot clear of Donald.

    It was good enough to win the tournament.

    Many golfers would have been undone by the events on the 17th green, but Kuchar, with his omnipresent smile and cheery demeanor, confidently stepped into the bunker on the final hole and painted a masterpiece, giving us one of the great highlights of the season in the process.

Loser: Bill Haas' Wrist

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    Bill Haas withdrew from the RBC Heritage prior to the second round with a wrist injury

    Haas, who had never before withdrawn in his 10-year career, wasn't able to make a go of it on Friday, thus ending an impressive period of longevity on the PGA Tour. 

    Haas has notched two top 10s this season.

Winner: South Carolina's Weather

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    Difficult weather, including rain and strong winds, which compromised the second round, made golfers' lives tough this week. 

    During the final round, strong winds forced Donald into a poor tee shot early in the round. Eventually, he came up a stroke short of victory when his pitch at the final hole couldn't find the cup, and he tapped in for par and a second-place finish. 

    Wind also clearly contributed to Kuchar's multiple missed short putts on the 17th hole. As Kuchar's pant legs flapped in the breeze, he uncharacteristically three-putted from close range.

Loser: Matt Kuchar's Composure on the 17th Green Sunday

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    With an opportunity to put the tournament away and head to his final hole with a two-stroke lead, Kuchar three-putted from just over four feet on the 17th green.

    As he pathetically pulled his first putt past the left edge of the cup and it rolled along Harbour Town's beautiful Bermuda grass, the first-round leader couldn't have imagined he'd miss his comeback attempt.

    However, that's exactly what he did, greatly diminishing his chances of winning as he headed to the final hole.

Winner: Amateurs at Hilton Head

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    See the 11-year-old boy in this photo? Just kidding, that's 19-year-old amateur Matthew Fitzpatrick, who posted a four-day total of two-under-par 282 to finish inside the top 25 at the RBC Heritage.

    The young Englishman has had a whirlwind tour of the United States. He narrowly missed the cut at the Masters and was the tournament's low amateur. 

    Amateur Hunter Stewart also played well, missing the cut by just a stroke. 

Loser: Viewers

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    Golf Channel and CBS commentator Nick Faldo teed it up at the RBC Heritage this week. He fired rounds of 77 and 76 to miss the cut.

    If the divisive 56-year-old Englishman had made the cut, he'd have been playing the weekend. Thus, he wouldn't have been announcing on the weekend and would have been absent from our television screens. 

    Likewise, newly minted Golf Channel personality Chris DiMarco also played this week and missed the cut. 

    But really, commentating is a thankless job, and we thank Sir Nick.