HILTON HEAD, S.C. -- Graeme McDowell found just the pick-me-up after a frustrating week at the Masters.
The 2010 U.S. Open champion missed the cut at the season's first major by a stroke. Disappointed, he left Augusta National and headed to the RBC Heritage with his fiancee, parents and several friends to de-stress and have fun.
''Yeah, it was a workweek, but it was kind of a low-key workweek,'' McDowell said. ''I came here. I did my work and I went home.''
He's heading home with the RBC Heritage trophy, standing tall on a wind-swept Sunday that blew away most of the competition at Harbour Town Golf Links. He also climbed back into the top 10 of the Official World Golf Ranking, rising 10 spots from 18th place up to eighth.
Also this week, Raphael Jacquelin rose from 146th place up to 119th with his nine-hole playoff victory at the Spanish Open.
The top four places in the world ranking stayed the same with No. 1 Tiger Woods, No. 2 Rory McIlroy and No. 3 Adam Scott holding a significant lead over No. 4 Justin Rose. Luke Donald inched up from sixth to fifth place, while Brandt Snedeker slipped from fifth to sixth.
Louis Oosthuizen hung tight at No. 7, while McDowell slotted into eighth. Steve Stricker fell from eighth to ninth place, and Matt Kuchar dropped from ninth into the 10th spot.
The second includes No. 11 Phil Mickelson (down from 10th), No. 12 Lee Westwood (down from 11th), No. 13 Keegan Bradley (down from 12th), No. 14 Sergio Garcia (down from 13th), No. 15 Charl Schwartzel (up from 16th), No. 16 Bubba Watson (down from 14th), No. 17 Ian Poulter (down from 15th), No. 18 Webb Simpson (up from 20th), No. 19 Dustin Johnson (down from 17th) and No. 20 Jason Dufner (down from 19th).
McDowell outlasted Simpson, the reigning U.S. Open champion, in a playoff, his two-putt par from about 15 feet taking the victory when Simpson couldn't answer. It was McDowell's second career PGA Tour victory, the first since he won his major at Pebble Beach three years ago.
McDowell was grateful for laid-back Harbour Town and the chance to wipe away the wall-to-wall stress of the Masters.