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7 pictures that explain the final round of the 2014 RBC Heritage

By Luke Kerr-Dineen

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- For a fourth-straight week, it was almost another tournament win that wasn't for Matt Kuchar. With Luke Donald charging and Kuchar's lead -- which at one point on Sunday had stretched to three shots -- down to just one, Kuchar knocked his approach shot close on 17 but three putted, dropping him into a tie with Luke Donald. Eye on Golf, who took a vine of the putt(s), said it best: Welp!

But this week was different. After leaving his second shot into the 18th hole short, Matt Kuchar knocked his bunker shot into the hole for a Sunday 64, and as a result converted his fourth-consecutive back nine Sunday lead into a victory. "I told my caddie before that last shot, 'I'm about due to make one of these,'" Kuchar said.

Given Kuchar's recent form, it's hard to begrudge him winning the RBC Heritage, but it was also tough to see Luke Donald lose. In his best finish since starting work with Jason Dufner's swing coach, Chuck Cook, Donald made some mistakes but consistently fought back with birdies. He finished one shot back of Kuchar with a three-under 69 on the day, which included birdie putts that burned the edge on two of his last three holes. He may not have won this week, but his swing changes are clearly starting to click into place.

"With Chuck's method I use the bigger muscles a little bit more," Donald said. "The last couple of days it's kind of shown on a course with tiny greens."

Did we mention it was Easter Sunday? Happy Easter! The whole tournament had a very Easter Bunny feel on Sunday and everyone seemed generally happy about it. Just look at the tournament's tee markers.

But the tee markers weren't the only things to boast a sense of occasion. Jonathan Byrd, who dressed like Clemson University's mascot on Saturday, dressed like an Easter Bunny gone golfing on Sunday. Those pants!

Those at the RBC Heritage on Sunday -- or all week, for that matter -- couldn't miss the biggest yacht in the harbor even if they tried. "Top Five," which Patrick Reed aptly almost hit a day earlier, was the talk of the tournament. "I bet that guy throws some sick parties on that thing," one spectator said.

Yes, of course we're mentioning Matt Fitzpatrick for a third-straight day. A day after going bogey-free, the U.S. Amateur champion made 18 consecutive pars to finish the tournament two under and record his first top 25 on the PGA Tour. So, when's this kid turning pro? "I'm not going to let anyone pressure me," he said.