RBC Heritage 2014: Luke Donald leads through 54 holes

Tyler Lecka

Luke Donald took advantage of receptive greens, firing a 5-under 66 on Saturday to take the third round lead.

While rain was a major impediment on Friday at the RBC Heritage Open, things cleared up some on Saturday and the wet conditions led to some low scores. The moisture resulted in receptive, soft greens and players took advantage, going pin hunting in the third round. Luke Donald was among those who found success and his 5-under round of 66 was good enough to give him the 54-hole lead.

Donald is now 8-under for the tournament, two strokes ahead of John Huh. While his 66 was tied for the best round of the day, he took an interesting path there. He recorded an eagle on No. 2, but followed it with three bogeys on his next five holes. He settled in from there, carding five birdies on his final 11 holes. Although he'll open the final round with the lead, several players are within striking distance. Six players are 5-under or better, including Jim Furyk and Charl Schwartzel. Matt Kuchar is four strokes off the lead after he shot a 70 in the third round to move to 4-under.

Saturday was an eventful day at Harbour Town. The day started with 65 players heading back on the course to complete their second rounds. The field was then cut -- with Hunter Mahan and Marc Lieshman among the players missing the cut -- and the third round began not long after. Heavy rains and gusty winds made for a challenging first two rounds, but conditions were much friendlier for the third round.

If Graeme McDowell is going to repeat as champion, he'll have his work cut out for him. He finished the second round with a 69 to move to 2-under, but dropped back with a 1-over 72 in the third round. He sits at 1-under through 54 holes, seven strokes off the lead. Here is a full look at the leaderboard through three rounds:

Place

Player

Score

1st Round

2nd Round

3rd Round

Total

1

Luke Donald

-8

70

69

66

205

2

John Huh

-6

71

68

68

207

T3

Charl Schwartzel

-5

70

70

68

208

T3

Nicholas Thompson

-5

70

70

68

208

T3

Ben Martin

-5

69

68

71

208

T3

Jim Furyk

-5

71

66

71

208

T7

Russell Knox

-4

69

72

68

209

T7

Brian Stuard

-4

69

72

68

209

T7

Brian Harman

-4

69

71

69

209

T7

Matt Every

-4

69

70

70

209

T7

Matt Kuchar

-4

66

73

70

209

T12

Jason Kokrak

-3

71

73

66

210

T12

Richard Lee

-3

70

69

71

210

T12

Ted Potter, Jr.

-3

70

69

71

210

T12

Scott Brown

-3

70

69

71

210

T16

Matthew Fitzpatrick

-2

71

71

69

211

T16

Robert Allenby

-2

69

72

70

211

T16

Rory Sabbatini

-2

69

72

70

211

T16

Kevin Streelman

-2

69

72

70

211

T16

Geoff Ogilvy

-2

72

68

71

211

T16

K.J. Choi

-2

70

67

74

211

T22

Ken Duke

-1

72

71

69

212

T22

J.B. Holmes

-1

72

71

69

212

T22

Charley Hoffman

-1

73

71

68

212

T22

Ryo Ishikawa

-1

77

68

67

212

T22

Gonzalo Fdez-Castano

-1

74

71

67

212

T22

Graeme McDowell

-1

71

69

72

212

T22

Martin Kaymer

-1

73

67

72

212

T22

Kevin Stadler

-1

71

69

72

212

T22

Woody Austin

-1

74

71

67

212

T22

Bo Van Pelt

-1

69

70

73

212

T22

Chesson Hadley

-1

72

67

73

212

T22

Billy Hurley III

-1

70

69

73

212

T34

Patrick Reed

E

71

72

70

213

T34

Jordan Spieth

E

69

74

70

213

T34

William McGirt

E

66

76

71

213

T34

Paul Casey

E

74

67

72

213

T34

Tim Herron

E

69

72

72

213

T34

Kevin Kisner

E

73

72

68

213

T34

Justin Hicks

E

75

70

68

213

T34

Jerry Kelly

E

76

70

67

213

T34

Stuart Appleby

E

73

73

67

213

T43

Tim Clark

1

72

71

71

214

T43

Chris Kirk

1

71

72

71

214

T43

Stewart Cink

1

70

72

72

214

T43

Shawn Stefani

1

74

69

71

214

T43

Tim Wilkinson

1

70

71

73

214

T43

Zach Johnson

1

71

73

70

214

T43

Scott Langley

1

66

73

75

214

T50

Andrew Loupe

2

70

73

72

215

T50

Billy Horschel

2

69

74

72

215

T50

James Hahn

2

72

74

69

215

T53

John Mallinger

3

69

74

73

216

T53

Camilo Villegas

3

72

71

73

216

T53

Charles Howell III

3

69

73

74

216

T53

Chris Stroud

3

71

71

74

216

T53

Harris English

3

68

73

75

216

T53

Steve Marino

3

72

72

72

216

T53

Brice Garnett

3

73

71

72

216

T53

Robert Garrigus

3

71

74

71

216

T53

Spencer Levin

3

72

74

70

216

T62

Pat Perez

4

74

69

74

217

T62

Dudley Hart

4

73

69

75

217

T62

Jonathan Byrd

4

71

73

73

217

T62

Ricky Barnes

4

72

73

72

217

T62

Brendon Todd

4

75

71

71

217

T67

Trevor Immelman

5

74

69

75

218

T67

Briny Baird

5

72

72

74

218

T67

Brian Gay

5

70

74

74

218

T67

Erik Compton

5

70

75

73

218

T67

Ernie Els

5

72

73

73

218

T67

David Toms

5

73

73

72

218

T67

Jeff Maggert

5

70

76

72

218

T74

Brandt Snedeker

6

72

73

74

219

T74

Brian Davis

6

71

75

73

219

T74

Boo Weekley

6

73

73

73

219

77

Mark Anderson

7

71

75

74

220

78

Tommy Gainey

8

72

74

75

221

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