Dufner eagles twice to lead RBC Heritage
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. - Jason Dufner had two eagles on the way to a 6-under 65 and a one-shot lead Saturday heading into the final round of the RBC Heritage.
Dufner started three shots behind co-leaders Graham DeLaet and Luke Donald. But the 2013 PGA Championship winner quickly closed that deficit with eagles on both front-nine par 5s at Nos. 2 and 5. He also birdied No. 15, Harbour Town Golf Link’s other par 5 as part of a three-birdie run that put him in front at 13 under.
DeLaet was second after a 69, the Canadian’s third straight sub-70 round after having just five in five previous appearances here.
Kevin Kisner and Webb Simpson were at 11 under. Kisner shot a 66, and Simpson, the former U.S. Open champ, had a 68.
Dufner got his round going with the early eagles. He blasted a 215-yard approach on the second hole to 11 feet for his first eagle. He was short of the fifth green in two, then chipped in from about 100 feet for his second eagle.
Dufner plays Harbour Town often, but without much success. His best finish was a tie for 14th and only once in seven previous fourth rounds has shot in the 60s. He is chasing his fifth PGA Tour title — and just the second since winning the Wanamaker Trophy at Oak Hill four years ago.
DeLaet played a steady, workmanlike round to keep himself in the mix for his first career tour victory. It appeared some nerves might be in play when DeLaet three-putted No. 1 for a bogey. But he rebounded a hole later to retake the lead.
DeLaet caught Dufner at 13 under on the 15th hole, but fell back on No. 18 when he three-putted from 35 feet for a bogey.
Kisner followed up his 64 with a second straight bogey-free round at Harbour Town. The last of his five birdies — a 30-footer on No. 17 — pushed him into the tie with Simpson.
Simpson was the hottest player on the course when the round began, going 4-under over his first six holes including an eagle-3 at the par-5 fifth. Then Simpson cooled off, with 11 pars and a bogey on the 16th that dropped him two shots behind.
PGA Tour Champions
DULUTH, Ga. - Stephen Ames shot a 4-under 68 to take a one-stroke lead over five players into the final round of the PGA Tour Champions’ Mitsubishi Electric Classic.
Ames had five birdies and a bogey at TPC Sugarloaf to reach 9-under 135. The 52-year-old naturalized Canadian is winless on the senior tour after winning four times on the PGA Tour.
First-round leader Bob Tway followed his opening 65 with a 71 to drop into a tie for second with Kenny Perry (64), Billy Andrade (66), Brandt Jobe (68) and Kevin Sutherland (69).
RABAT, Morocco - Paul Dunne will take a 2-shot lead into the final round of the European Tour’s Trophee Hassan II with a 4-under 69, giving him a chance at his first professional title.
The Irishman had six third-round birdies, including on the last hole, to get to 8 under overall and increase his advantage over second-placed Renato Paratore. The one slip from Dunne was a double-bogey on No. 13.
Cristie Kerr won the LPGA Lotte Championship on Saturday for her 19th tour title, closing with a 6-under 66 for a three-stroke victory.
The 39-year-old Kerr broke the tournament record at 20-under 268, a day after shooting 62 at Ko Olina to match the event mark. She earned $300,000 to top $18 million in her career.
Kerr ended a 30-event victory drought since the 2015 season finale. She was 16 under the final two days, soaring into contention with the third-round 62 that included seven back-nine birdies. She made six more birdie putts the final round, taking the lead on the 14th hole.
Jason Dufner tees off on the eighth hole during the third round of the RBC Heritage golf tournament. Dufner had two eagles on the way to a 6-under 65 and a one-shot lead Saturday heading into the final round.