Apr 16th, 2017
Jason Dufner takes solo lead at RBC Heritage
Poulter and Donald still in with a shout
Words: Keel Timmins Photography: Getty Images
Jason Dufner will enter the final round of the RBC Heritage with a one–shot-lead over Graham DeLaet after firing a third round 65 (–6) at Harbour Town Golf Links.
The American’s scorecard was made up of two eagles and five birdies, leaving the Duf on a 13–under par total heading into Sunday.
Ian Poulter is still right in the mix though after the Englishman went round in 69 (–2), just three shots adrift of Dufner. Poults needs to finish in the top 12 this week to secure his PGA Tour card after taking a medical leave last season.
Poulter went out in a superb 32 (–4), but faltered on the back nine with a double bogey at 10, complete with alligator trouble(!), and a bogey at 11.
“I’m being more aggressive, going at more pins. I wish I could go and tee off for the fourth round right now!” Poulter said after his round.
“The game feels good and I’m confident going into tomorrow.”
Compatriot Luke Donald is also in contention, but shot a round of 72 (+1) to drop four shots behind. Another good scrambling performance from Donald offset his poor long game after only hitting 28% of greens in regulation.
Kevin Kisner, one of our tips for the week, posted a round of 66 (–5) to get within two shots as he looks to win for the second time on the PGA Tour. Having lost out in a play–off at this tournament to Jim Furyk two years ago, the American will be eager to go one better this week.
Tyrrell Hatton is also going along nicely at eight–under par as he continues his American adventure on the PGA Tour. With two 4th place finishes already this season on US soil, another top–five finish is certainly not out of the picture.