2013 RBC Heritage leaderboard: Graeme McDowell joins Webb Simpson in lead

Streeter Lecka

There's a three-way tie atop the leaderboard on the Sunday back nine at a windy Harbour Town.

The RBC Heritage is annually one of the best tournaments on the PGA Tour, and it looks like the 2013 edition is living up to those expectations as three familiar names are tied atop the leaderboard on the back nine on Sunday. Graeme McDowell, Webb Simpson, and Charley Hoffman all share the lead at 9-under at Harbour Town, a classic layout that is often cited as one of the pros favorites in surveys.

Hoffman and Simpson started the day in the final group at Hilton Head, but it's been McDowell who has made the move ahead of them with a bogey-free round. McDowell remains one of the world's elite players, but he has not won on the American circuit since his 2010 U.S. Open victory. That's his only professional win stateside, unless you count the unsanctioned World Challenge event. But there have been several close calls for McDowell, and a Heritage win would be a nice addition to his resume as attention turns towards the season's second major. On Sunday, he's battled through the high winds on the South Carolina coast to avoid bogey in his first 14 holes, adding two birdies to pull even with the leaders who have fallen back to the pack.

Hoffman and Simpson exchanged blows throughout the front nine, trying to hold on in the 30 mph winds at Harbour Town. Hoffman started the day with a two-shot cushion but that was quickly gone in the first four holes, as Simpson carded back-to-back birdies to momentarily take a one-shot lead. Last year's U.S. Open champ would drop two shots going out, however, and turn in even-par 36. Hoffman is searching for answers with his putter, the club that carried him to the 54-hole lead. He struggled early with a couple good birdie chances, and then missed several par-saving putts to come back to the field. Both Hoffman and Simpson have more holes to break the tie with McDowell, but the Northern Irishman has the momentum late on Sunday.

Here's a current snapshot of the leaderboard, along with some other notables playing at Harbour Town:

Score Player Thru
-9 Charley Hoffman 12
-9 Webb Simpson 12
-9 Graeme McDowell 14
-7 Luke Donald F
-4 Camilo Villegas 14
-3 Jordan Spieth 17
-2 Bill Haas 16
E Jason Day F
1 Jason Dufner F
1 Matt Kuchar F
2 Boo Weekley F
3 Jim Furyk 17
5 Brandt Snedeker F
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