Luke Donald recovered from a double-bogey at the second hole to maintain his slender lead at the Heritage. Donald, who had started the third day holding the lead double-bogeyed the second but had got back to level-par by the seventh. A bogey-birdie on the 8th and 9th holes was followed by eight pars and a birdie on the 16th hole Donald back into the lead.
Donald closed with a 1-under par round of 70 to card a three-round total 202 and take a one shot lead into the final round. He leads defending champion Jim Furyk, who had overtaken the Englishman for the lead and would have finished as joint-leader but for a bogey on the closing hole.
Brendon de Jonge and Scott Verplank are two shots further back at 9-under par. The Zimbabwean de Jonge shot a third round 66, while United States’ Verplank fired a third round 67.
US Masters runner-up, Australian Jason Day, Ricky Barnes and Tommy Gainey all finished on 8-under par.
Donald can become the world number one in the Official Golf World Rankings with a victory at the Harbour Town Links Club, and has finished second and third in the Heritage event in the past two seasons.
Aaron Baddeley spearheads the tipster’s challenge; the Australian carding a third round 69 to close on 6-under par and a share of 12th place. Meanwhile two-time Heritage winner Boo Weekley and Ryder Cup player Matt Kuchar shot rounds of 70 and 69 respectively to share 24th spot on the leaderboard with 4-under par totals.