It’s not every day that a kid from Sheffield, England, calls Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, his other home. Vacationing there every year since the age of six, Matt Fitzpatrick experienced a full-circle moment this week at Harbour Town Golf Links, claiming the 2023 RBC Heritage title following an incredible playoff against defending champion, Jordan Spieth.
Commenting earlier in the week about the tennis courts underneath the media center and the fond moments he enjoyed in Hilton Head as a youth, the Englishman now adds his second PGA Tour victory to his memory bank.
“It’s hard to describe,” said Fitzpatrick. “I said to Billy [Foster], it doesn’t get better than this, walking down here, looking around, it’s a course that I’ve dreamed of playing when I was young. I managed to play it a couple times with my dad. This one means more than anything.”
Entering the final round with a slim lead over Spieth and Patrick Cantlay, Fitzpatrick fought not only two of the top names in the game, but also a very pro-Spieth crowd following the final threesome.
Absorbing a flurry of punches thrown by Spieth in the early stages – the Texan birdied four of his first six holes – Fitzpatrick saw his name removed from the top of the leaderboard by the time the group walked to the back nine.