Tracker: McDowell beats Simpson in Heritage playoff

Graeme McDowell reacts to a tee shot on the first hole during the final round of the RBC Heritage.

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Graeme McDowell was bogey-free until the 72nd hole, which allowed Webb Simpson to par his way into a playoff.

McDowell didn't make the same mistake twice.

The Northern Irishman made a two-putt par on the first hole of a playoff -- the same 18th hole -- to win the RBC Heritage on Sunday, securing only his second career PGA Tour victory.

His other was the 2010 U.S. Open.

McDowell fired a final-round 69, while Simpson an even-par 71.

See how it all unfolded:

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Update #29: 6:32 p.m. EDT

Off the tee: Graeme McDowell tees first and he hammers it up the middle of the fairway with driver. Webb Simpson backs off one time after a gust of wind and then smashes it into the right-center part of the fairway.

Approach shots: Simpson's second shot pushes a bit right and is in the short rough about 20 feet right of the green. McDowell hits a fantastic approach to about 10 feet under the hole.

Around the green: Simpson nearly drains a putt from well off the green, but it runs about 6 feet past on the left. McDowell comes up short on his attempt and taps in for a par. But that's enough after Simpson runs his par putt past on the right.

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Update #28: 6:21 p.m. EDT

Simpson hits a nice putt that runs about 2 feet past, just missing on the left of the hole. He knocks in the par putt to force a playoff with Graeme McDowell. They'll head back to 18.

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Update #27: 6:06 p.m. EDT

After a long wait in the fairway, Webb Simpson sticks it pin-high and about 25 feet left of the hole.

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Update #26: 6 p.m. EDT

Webb Simpson splits the fairway with his tee ball and will be able to attack the green.

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Update #25: 5:55 p.m. EDT

Graeme McDowell's approach hits the green and runs off the back, but chooses to use putter from off the green. His birdie attempt runs 12 feet past to leave a knee-knocker for par. And he misses to fall back to 9 under and is now tied for the lead.

Meanwhile, back on No. 17, Webb Simpson two-putts for par to stay at 9 under.

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Update #24: 5:45 p.m. EDT

Webb Simpson leaves himself about 50 feet for birdie at the 16th and hits a great lag putt to about a foot left of the cup and he settles for a par. He's likely going to need a birdie over his final two holes, as Graeme McDowell is safely in the fairway at 18.

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Update #23: 5:36 p.m. EDT

After running off the back of the green with his tee ball, Graeme McDowell gets up-and-down to save par at the par-3 17th hole, making a 4-footer to do so. He stays at 10 under, one clear of Webb Simpson heading to the 18th hole, which is playing as the second toughest hole on the course.

McDowell is bogey-free today.

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Update #22: 5:32 p.m. EDT

Webb Simpson fails to take advantage of the par-5 15th, with his 10-footer for birdie sitting on the right edge of the cup. He is in a bit of disbelief after staying at 9 under, one back of Graeme McDowell.

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Update #21: 5:25 p.m. EDT

Graeme McDowell has taken the outright lead at 10 under with an 8-footer for birdie at No. 16, moving one shot ahead of Webb Simpson.

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Update #20: 5:15 p.m. EDT

Graeme McDowell two-putts for par on the par-5 15th, missing his long birdie attempt to the right of the cup. He stays at 9 under, tied with Webb Simpson.

Simpson has trouble off the tee at the par-3 14th, but his second shot with putter out of the rough runs to about 18 inches and he makes par to stay tied in the lead.

Charley Hoffman found the water off the tee at No. 14 and picks up double-bogey to fall back to 7 under, currently T-3 with Luke Donald.

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Update #19: 5:01 p.m. EDT

Both Webb Simpson and Charley Hoffman both come within a foot of a birdie at the par-4 13th, but settle for tap-in pars to stay at 9 under, tied with Graeme McDowell for the lead.

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Update #18: 4:56 p.m. EDT

Luke Donald is the clubhouse leader at 7 under, firing a 2-under 69 in the tough, windy conditions at Harbour Town. Donald was 2 over on the final nine holes, including a bogey at the par-5 15th hole.

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Update #17: 4:47 p.m. EDT

Things are heating up at Hilton Head.

Charley Hoffman falls out of the lead with a bogey at No. 12, hitting a bunker with his approach and missing a 20-footer to save par and he drops to 9 under. Webb Simpson follows that miss with a birdie make from 8 feet after a great second shot and he moves to 9 under.

Meanwhile, Graeme McDowell makes a 30-footer to save par on 13 to stay at 9 under.

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Update #16: 4:34 p.m. EDT

Charley Hoffman two-putts from 50 feet for par on No. 11 to stay at 10 under, one shot ahead of Graeme McDowell, who pars the 12th hole ahead of the final group.

Webb Simpson stays within two by holing a 5-footer for par on No. 11.

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Update #15: 4:24 p.m. EDT

Russell Henley finishes his solid round with a bogey and finishes at 5 under for the tournament, a good number considering his 2-over 73 in the first round. He is currently T-8, which would be his second top-10 of the season after winning the Sony Open.

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Update #14: 4:18 p.m. EDT

Graeme McDowell buries a long birdie putt on No. 11 to move to 9 under, one back of Charley Hoffman.

Hoffman got up and down from a gulley to the left of the green for par on the 10th, staying at 10 under. Meanwhile, Webb Simpson picks up another bogey and has fallen back to 8 under.

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Update #13: 4:05 p.m. EDT

Webb Simpson misses an opportunity to get back into a share of the lead, as he misses an 8-footer for birdie on the short par-4 9th to stay at 9 under, one back of Charley Hoffman, who also pars No. 9.

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Update #12: 3:50 p.m. EDT

Charley Hoffman is back in the lead after a solid par at the tough par-4 8th hole, staying at 10 under, one clear of Webb Simpson, who hits a poor second shot and misses a 6-footer to save par after a fantastic flop shot into the green. Simpson is alone in second at 9 under while Luke Donald and Graeme McDowell are 8 under.

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Update #11: 3:35 p.m. EDT

Webb Simpson hits a fabulous tee ball into the par-3 7th, leaving himself about 10 feet for birdie. But the wind is already getting inside their heads, as Simpson simply jabs at it and doesn't get it to the hole and he settles for par to stay at 10 under. Charley Hoffman narrowly misses a 20-footer on No. 7 and also pars to remain tied with Simpson.

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Update #10: 3:31 p.m. EDT

Luke Donald overcooks his second shot into the 13th green and can't get up-and-down from the back and drops his second shot on the back nine, falling back to 8 under.

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Update #9: 3:25 p.m. EDT

Charley Hoffman hits a tree off the No. 6 tee, hits a branch trying to get out of it, hits his third to 10 feet, but can't find the bottom of the cup and settles for his second bogey of the day to fall back to 10 under. He is tied with Webb Simpson, who pars No. 6. Luke Donald is one back.

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Update #8: 3:22 p.m. EDT

Of those within four shots of the lead, Kevin Streelman is the only player to win this year, while Webb Simpson is the only other player that has a title in the last 12 months (2012 U.S. Open). Simpson and Graeme McDowell finished 1-2 at the U.S. Open at Olympic Club in San Francisco.

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Update #7: 3:11 p.m. EDT

Webb Simpson comes up woefully short on his third shot into the par-5 5th and then can't get up-and-down from the fringe, picking up bogey at one of the easiest holes on the course. Simpson falls to 10 under, while Charley Hoffman makes birdie on the 5th to regain a one-shot advantage over the field.

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Update #6: 3:03 p.m. EDT

Luke Donald responds to his first bogey of the day at No. 10 with a birdie at No. 11 to get back to 9 under, two shots back of Webb Simpson.

Neither Donald or Simpson have won in 2013.

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Update #5: 2:54 p.m. EDT

Webb Simpson now stands alone in the lead after Charley Hoffman bogeys the par-3 4th hole. Simpson pars to stay at 11 under, one ahead of Hoffman.

Luke Donald drops his first shot of the day to fall back to 8 under, tied with Graeme McDowell, who just picked up birdie at the par-5 5th hole.

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Update #4: 2:39 p.m. EDT

We are all tied up at Harbour Town, as Webb Simpson buries a birdie attempt at No. 3 to move to 11 under, while Charley Hoffman settles for a third consecutive par to open his day.

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Update #3: 2:33 p.m. EDT

Luke Donald misses a 12-footer for birdie on No. 9 and makes the turn at 9 under, two back of Charley Hoffman.

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Update #2: 2:25 p.m. EDT

Webb Simpson picks up a shot on Charley Hoffman, tapping in for birdie at the par-5 2nd hole to move to 10 under, while Hoffman comes up short of the green and into a bunker with his second shot and fails to get up-and-down.

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Update #1: 2:11 p.m. EDT

Charley Hoffman opens his round with a solid par to stay at 11 under. He'll need to fend off Luke Donald, who is 4 under through seven holes and now 9 under overall. Defending U.S. Open champ Webb Simpson is also at 9 under after a par at the opening hole.

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Saturday coverage

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Thursday coverage

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