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Jordan Spieth holds the championship trophy after winning the RBC Heritage Golf Tournament, Sunday, April 17, 2022, in Hilton Head Island, SC (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

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Jordan Spieth hit a 56-foot shot from a greenside bunker 7 inches out and beat Patrick Cantlay with the tap-in par putt on the first hole of a playoff Sunday at RBC Heritage.

Playing four groups ahead of Cantlay, Spieth birdied the 18th hole of the Harbor Town Lighthouse par 4 in regulation, drilling a 10-footer for a total of 5-under 66 and 13-under 271. Cantlay parried the 18th in regulation to a 68.

When Spieth finished he was one shot behind Shane Lowry. But Lowry’s chip on the par-3 14th ran across the green and into the water, leading to a double bogey. He finished one stroke back after a 69.

In the playoffs, Cantlay also hit in the front bunker, his lie looking like a fried egg. He went 35 feet past the cut and missed the par putt.

Three shots behind Harold Varner III entering the round, Spieth hit the first two par-5s to enter the mix for his 13th PGA Tour title.

Spieth has already won from the bunker. He beat Daniel Berger with a greenside bunker shot on the first extra hole at the 2017 Travelers Championship.

Cam Davis (63) was also a comeback hit along with Varner (70), JT Poston (64), Cameron Young (66), Sepp Straka (68), Matt Kuchar (68).

LPGA TOUR

EWA BEACH, Hawaii (AP) — Hyo Joo Kim dodged a late charge from Hinako Shibuno to win the LPGA TOUR’s LOTTE Championship on Saturday.

Kim closed with a 1-under 71 – after a bogey at the par-4 17th with a birdie tapped at the par-5 18th – to finish 11-under 277, two strokes clear of Shibuno at the Breezy Hoakalei Country Club .

Kim won $300,000 for her fifth LPGA Tour title. The 26-year-old South Korean star had a three-stroke lead after the second and third rounds.

Shibuno of Japan finished with a bogey-free 70. Hye-Jin Choi finished third at 7 under after a 69.

KORN FERRY TOUR

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Tyson Alexander became the first player in Korn Ferry Tour history to successfully defend a title, rallying to win the Veritex Bank Championship on Saturday.

Alexander closed with a 6-under 65 to finish 22-under 262 at Texas Rangers Golf Club, two strokes ahead of Pontus Nyholm (62) and Byeong Hun An (66).

Alexander capped his bogey-free round with a birdie at the par-5 18th. The 33-year-old former University of Florida player won $135,000 for his second victory on the tour. Last year he finished with a 64 to win the inaugural event at under 23.

OTHER TOURS

Kazutaka Higa closed with a 1-under 70 for a one-stroke victory over Rikuya Hoshino at the Kansai Open on the Japan Golf Tour. … Sihwan Kim double-bogeyed on the last hole and still had enough of a lead to win the Trust Golf Asian Mixed Stableford Challenge by two points over Ladies European Tour player Maja Stark. Kim won her second Asian Tour title in six weeks and leads the Order of Merit. The event was co-sanctioned by the LET. … Nozomi Uetake closed with a 1-under 71 and won a four-way elimination match in the KKT Cup Vantelin Ladies Open on the LPGA of Japan. … Ji Young Park finished with a 3-under 69 for a six-stroke victory in the Mediheal Hankook Ilbo Championship on the Korean LPGA.