Dustin Johnson moved into the lead of the RBC Heritage by shooting a 3-under-par 68 during Saturday’s third round at Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head, S.C.
He’s at 10-under 203 after his third straight sub-70 round.
Going into today’s final round, South African Rory Sabbatini (68), England’s Ian Poulter (67) and Ireland’s Shane Lowry (71) are at 9 under.
Johnson is a local favorite from his time as a college golfer at Coastal Carolina. The South Carolina native also is coming off a runner-up finish in the Masters.
Johnson hadn’t played the Hilton Head course in about a decade until entering this week’s tournament.
Yet with windy conditions, there were rough closing stretches for several golfers.
Johnson had birdies on Nos. 13-15 before carding consecutive bogeys on 16 and 17.
Lowry led at the conclusion of play in each of the first two days, though he had to finish holes from the second round when play resumed Saturday. He held a one-stroke lead at the tournament’s midway mark.
In the third round, Lowry was 3 under through nine holes before giving those back during a 3-over backside.
Patrick Cantlay (66) is at 8 under in a tie for fifth place tie with Trey Mullinax (71), Scott Piercy (68), Taipei’s C.T. Pan (69), Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo (70) and South Korea’s K.J. Choi (69).
Cantlay, who was among the contenders in the final round last weekend at the Masters, was 3 under on the backside Saturday.
Sam Burns (69) is at 7 under, hurt by a double-bogey on the last hole. He shares 11th place with Matt Kuchar (68).
Webb Simpson carded a bogey-free 65 for the low round of the day and stands tied for 13th.
Fifty-six golfers had to finish the second round Saturday morning after weather-related delays interfered a day earlier.