Gambling golf fans might play a hunch with Las Vegas native and UNLV grad Charley Hoffman to win the RBC Heritage Sunday. Hoffman, who is known as much for his flowing blonde hair as he is for his golf game, continued his strong play of late Saturday with a five under 66 to take the outright lead at 11 under par heading to the final round.
Hoffman finished in a tie for third in his last outing two weeks ago, the Valero Texas Open, and he’s had rounds of 66, 70 and 66 over the three days at Harbour Town giving him 11 straight sub par rounds. His bogey free round on Saturday included a 31 foot birdie putt at the first and a 38 footer for birdie on 15. Hoffman needed only 21 putts on his round. He birdie four of his first five holes Saturday.
Defending US Open Champion Webb Simpson looms large in Hoffman’s rear view mirror. He also had a bogey free round of six under 65 and sits at nine under par after two rounds. The round equals Simpson’s season best and is his best ever at Harbour Town.
Kevin Streelman sits alone in third at eight under par after a round of 69. Greer’s Bill Haas remains in contention after a one under 70 that left him in a tie for 6th at six under par. Daniel Island’s Russel Henley fired a 67 and is at three under par. Clemson’s Jonathan Bird slipped to a 73 on Saturday and will start Sunday at one over par.
Wofford’s Bill McGirt fell victim to the 54 hole cut. Because 91 golfers made the 36 hole cut, another cut was required after Saturday’s round to trim the field to the low 70 golfers. That cut fell at two over par. McGirt ballooned to an 80 that left him at seven over par.