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GOLF ROUNDUP: Donald leads Heritage by two strokes

by The Associated Press on April 20, 2014 1:19 AM

Luke Donald shot a 66 to take a two-stroke lead over John Huh after three rounds of the RBC Heritage on Saturday.

Donald has done just about everything on Harbour Town Golf Links the past five years — except win. He lost in a playoff to Brandt Snedeker here in 2011, part of a run of four top-three finishes since 2009. Donald had an eagle and six birdies to finish at 8-under 205 and carry the lead into Sunday here for the second time in that stretch.

Huh shot a 68 and was at 6 under.

Major champions Charl Schwartzel (68) and Jim Furyk (71), Nicholas Thompson (68) and Ben Martin (71) were tied for third at 5 under.

Matt Kuchar, ranked sixth in the world, shot 70 as part of a group of five golfers another shot back at 4 under.

Donald’s performance capped a long day at soggy Harbour Town, where 65 golfers had to finish the second round before the third could begin with K.J. Choi, Furyk and Ben Martin tied for the lead.

But by midafternoon, the moisture had softened things up and competitors were treated to slick greens easily accepting approach shots.

At times, it looked more like a local club shootout than a PGA Tour stop.

Thompson, whose sister Lexi won her first LPGA Tour major at the Kraft Nabisco Championship earlier this month, got things going with five birdies on the front nine to lead at 7 under.

But bogeys at the 16th and 18th holes dropped him back into the group at 208.

Schwartzel, the 2011 Masters champion, was among those with an early start and jumped into the chase with a third-round 68 to move to 5 under. He said the course held up well despite more than 2οΎ½ inches of rain that fell here Friday.

“I think if I can continue the ball striking and giving myself chances I can make a few (birdies) tomorrow and give it a shot,” he said.

 

CHAMPIONS TOUR: Miguel Angel Jimenez, extending his impressive Champions Tour debut, shot 2-under 70 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead over defending champion Bernhard Langer into the final round of the Greater Gwinnett Championship.

Jimenez and Langer were tied at 8 under entering the final hole. Jimenez reclaimed sole possession of the lead with a birdie. Langer settled for par and his second straight 68. Fred Couples, who shot 68, is in third place, two shots behind Jimenez.

Jimenez began the day with a three-stroke lead after his tournament-record 65 on Friday.

 

EUROPEAN PGA: Lee Westwood saw his four-shot lead trimmed to just one on Saturday after a bogey at the final hole on day three of the Malaysian Open.

Westwood had a third-round 71 for a three-round total of 14-under 202 but is only one shot ahead of English compatriot Andy Sullivan, who had a 66 as he chases his first tour title.

They appear set to fight out the title between them today, as there is a three-stroke gap between Sullivan and third-placed Frenchman Julien Quesne, who had a 69.

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