Englishman Luke Donald parred the 18th at Harbour Town Saturday afternoon while defending champion Jim Furyk bogeyed out of the backside bunker, and that’s the difference between the two after three rounds of The Heritage.
Donald, ranked 3rd in the world and poised to move to #1 with a win, fired a 70 Saturday and has the lead going into the final round at 11 under par. Furyk, who started the day two shots back of Donald, stands alone in second place at 10 under par after a 69 on Saturday.
It was a picture postcard day at Hilton Head with thousands on hand, including South Carolina governor Nikki Haley, her husband, and several of her staff members. Haley made an appearance on CBS with Jim Nance. Haley has been a strong supporter of The Heritage whose future is in doubt due to a lack of sponsorship. But those close to the tournament are optimsitic a new sponsor will be announced in the near future.
Donald was the second round leader and got off to a rough start with a double bogey on the par 5 second hole. But he got back to even on his round by the turn and added a birdie on 16.
Brendon de Jonge and Scott Verplank are tied at third at nine under. And Bishopville’s Tommy Gainey played his way into contention with a round of 67. He’s in a group at eight under along with Ricky Barnes and Jason Day. Gainey finished his round with a birdie by holing out from a bunker on 18.
Other scores from state players…Matt Bettencourt (70) -5; Bill Haas (69) -4; DJ Trahan (73) -4; Ben Martin (73) -3; and Kris Blanks (74) +1.