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Luke Donald in position to win at RBC Heritage

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Luke Donald holds a two-shot lead at the RBC Heritage in South Carolina after the close of play on the third day.

Donald, who tops the leader-board at eight-under par, carded an impressive score of a five-under-par 66 to put a bit of distance between him and his nearest rival, John Huh.

The Englishman played the front-nine in one-under par - after one eagle, two birdies and three bogeys - but found a consistency to his play on the back-nine and shot a four-under par score of 31, without dropping a shot to put himself into a commanding position heading into the final-day.

Of his round, Donald told reporters: "I felt really comfortable out there today. I just felt like I was going to play well, and obviously I did."

He is used to playing well round the South Carolina course, too. The 36-year-old has only finished outside the top three here once since 2009, although he has never previously secured the title – coming closest in 2011, when he lost in a playoff to Brandt Snedeker.

His old adversary will not be causing that situation again this time around, mind, as Snedeker could only manage a round of 74 today, to leave him at six-over for the tournament.

Donald’s main challenge this time is likely to come from one of the chasing pack, which consists of the aforementioned Huh and then four players who are in five-under-par. This group includes the likes of Jim Furyk and Charl Schwartzel.

The former was steady, shooting even par for his round, whilst the latter will carry a lot of momentum into the final day having gone round in 68, thanks to four birdies and only one dropped shot.

The South African, who won the Masters championship in 2011, said: "I think if I can continue the ball striking and giving myself chances I can make a few (birdies) tomorrow and give it a shot.”

One player who looks like he won’t be challenging for the title is K.J. Choi, though. The South Korean had led the tournament over-night, after inclement weather meant that play was brought to an abrupt halt yesterday and many of the players had to complete their rounds this morning, but he went round in 74 today and fell six shots behind Donald at the close of play.

Elsewhere, 20-year-old, amateur, Matthew Fitzpatrick, who very nearly made the cut at the Masters last week, continued his fine form and showed his ability to compete in the professional game, by getting to two-under-par for the tournament after 54 holes.

Another prodigiously talented youngster, Jordan Spieth, however, hasn’t been able to carry on the form that shot him to fame after his second placed finish at the Masters. He has been steady rather than spectacular this week – and sits in T34 position, on even par.

Meanwhile, Graeme McDowell doesn’t appear as if he will be retaining his crown, after his success here last year. He is in T22 spot, at one-under-par.


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