RBC Heritage - R3

Dustin Johnson takes 1-shot lead

April 18-21
Harbour Town GL, Hilton Head, South Carolina
$6,900,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4


World number one Dustin Johnson, seeking his third victory of the year, fired a three-under par 68 to grab a one-stroke lead after Saturday’s third round of the US PGA Heritage tournament.

Johnson, who shared second in last week’s Masters at nearby Augusta National, stood on 1-under 203 after 54 holes at Harbour Town in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

The 34-year-old American, a native of state capitol Columbia, won a European Tour event in Saudi Arabia and the WGC Mexico Championship in February but hopes to capture his 21st PGA title in his home state.

“It would be special,” Johnson said. “But there are a lot of guys around. I’m going to have to play really special tomorrow if I want to win.”

One stroke adrift were England’s Ian Poulter, Slovakia’s Rory Sabbatini and Ireland’s Shane Lowry, while Americans Patrick Cantlay, Scott Piercy and Trey Mullinax, Taiwan’s Pan S.T., South Korean K.J. Choi and Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo shared fifth on 205.

Lowry led after the second round was concluded early Saturday due to storms that interrupted play Friday, and he stretched the margin to three shots with birdies at the par-5 second and fifth holes and another from 33 feet to close the front nine and stand on 12-under.

But Lowry found two bunkers at the par-4 13th, water at the par-3 14th and more sand on the par-4 16th on the way to bogeys on each hole that dropped him back as Johnson charged.

Johnson, who moved back atop the rankings after losing the number one spot to England’s Justin Rose last week, sank an eight-foot birdie putt at the second and holed a 19-footer for birdie at the par-4 sixth.

“I feel like I’ve been driving it well,” Johnson said. “That’s a big key around here.”

After answering a bogey at the eighth with a tap-in birdie at the par-4 ninth, Johnson made a crucial par save at the par-4 12th, his tee shot well right of the fairway but a 12-foot par foot rescuing him.

“That was a really nice save,” Johnson said. “That was one of my bad tee shots.”

Johnson followed with an 18-foot birdie putt at the par-4 13th, then holed a 47-footer for birdie at the par-3 14th.

“I was definitely surprised,” Johnson said of his long birdie putt. “I just laughed.”


Johnson was smiling again at the par-5 15th, where he went into a greenside bunker with his second shot but blasted out to 13 feet and sank his birdie putt to seize the lead alone.

But Johnson missed the green on the par-4 16th and par-3 17th on his way to bogeys, missing par putts from nine and five feet respectively.

“The course played very difficult, especially the last three holes with the wind direction we had,” Johnson said. “I hit good putts on 16 and 17 that ended up being bogeys.”


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Dustin Johnson
USA
-10
68
67
68
203
T2
Ian Poulter
ENG
-9
70
67
67
204
T2
Rory Sabbatini
SVK
-9
67
69
68
204
T2
Shane Lowry
IRL
-9
65
68
71
204
T5
Patrick Cantlay
USA
-8
67
72
66
205
T5
Scott Piercy
USA
-8
67
70
68
205
T5
Cheng Tsung Pan
TPE
-8
71
65
69
205
T5
K. J. Choi
KOR
-8
70
66
69
205
T5
Emiliano Grillo
ARG
-8
68
67
70
205
T5
Trey Mullinax
USA
-8
66
68
71
205
T11
Matt Kuchar
USA
-7
69
69
68
206
T11
Sam Burns
USA
-7
67
70
69
206
T13
J. J. Spaun
USA
-6
70
69
68
207
T13
Chez Reavie
USA
-6
68
71
68
207
T13
Kevin Streelman
USA
-6
69
69
69
207
T13
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
-6
68
69
70
207
T13
Charley Hoffman
USA
-6
68
69
70
207
T13
Daniel Berger
USA
-6
66
69
72
207
T13
Webb Simpson
USA
-6
69
73
65
207
T20
Michael Thompson
USA
-5
68
71
69
208
T20
Seamus Power
IRL
-5
68
72
68
208
T20
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
-5
71
69
68
208
T20
Peter Malnati
USA
-5
67
72
69
208
T20
Alexander Noren
SWE
-5
67
74
67
208
T20
Denny McCarthy
USA
-5
70
68
70
208
T20
Troy Merritt
USA
-5
69
67
72
208
T27
Boo Weekley
USA
-4
69
70
70
209
T27
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-4
71
68
70
209
T27
Luke Donald
ENG
-4
70
70
69
209
T27
Joel Dahmen
USA
-4
70
68
71
209
T27
Jason Kokrak
USA
-4
69
68
72
209
T27
Billy Horschel
USA
-4
67
70
72
209
T27
J. T. Poston
USA
-4
71
71
67
209
T34
Brian Gay
USA
-3
71
68
71
210
T34
Scott Stallings
USA
-3
70
69
71
210
T34
Kevin Na
USA
-3
67
72
71
210
T34
Harris English
USA
-3
72
69
69
210
T34
Zach Johnson
USA
-3
69
69
72
210
T34
Brian Stuard
USA
-3
68
70
72
210
T34
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
-3
71
71
68
210
T34
Nick Taylor
CAN
-3
72
70
68
210
T42
Kevin Kisner
USA
-2
71
68
72
211
T42
Danny Lee
NZL
-2
72
69
70
211
T42
Jordan Spieth
USA
-2
71
66
74
211
T42
Ryan Palmer
USA
-2
66
71
74
211
T42
Brandt Snedeker
USA
-2
71
71
69
211
T47
Graeme McDowell
NIR
-1
68
71
73
212
T47
Luke List
USA
-1
66
73
73
212
T47
Mackenzie Hughes
CAN
-1
70
70
72
212
T47
Ryan Moore
USA
-1
66
74
72
212
T47
Brandon Harkins
USA
-1
71
67
74
212
T47
Patton Kizzire
USA
-1
72
69
71
212
T53
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
KOR
Par
70
69
74
213
T53
Andrew Landry
USA
Par
69
71
73
213
T53
Bud Cauley
USA
Par
69
72
72
213
T53
Hudson Swafford
USA
Par
68
74
71
213
T53
Jason Dufner
USA
Par
73
69
71
213
T58
Adam Hadwin
CAN
1
71
69
74
214
T58
Xander Schauffele
USA
1
71
70
73
214
T58
Cody Gribble
USA
1
72
69
73
214
T58
Jonathan Byrd
USA
1
68
73
73
214
62
Ryan Armour
USA
2
72
69
74
215
T63
Marc Leishman
AUS
3
70
69
77
216
T63
Richy Werenski
USA
3
74
68
74
216
T65
Wyndham Clark
USA
4
70
69
78
217
T65
Benjamin Silverman
CAN
4
73
68
76
217
T65
Scott Langley
USA
4
68
74
75
217
T65
Branden Grace
RSA
4
70
72
75
217
69
Satoshi Kodaira
JPN
5
73
68
77
218
70
Ted Potter Jr.
USA
6
73
69
77
219
CUT
Andrew Putnam
USA
1
69
74
143
CUT
Bryson DeChambeau
USA
1
70
73
143
CUT
Chesson Hadley
USA
1
71
72
143
CUT
Colt Knost
USA
1
72
71
143
CUT
Ernie Els
RSA
1
72
71
143
CUT
Peter Uihlein
USA
1
75
68
143
CUT
Russell Henley
USA
1
73
70
143
CUT
Stewart Cink
USA
1
71
72
143
CUT
Aaron Baddeley
AUS
2
72
72
144
CUT
Adam Schenk
USA
2
71
73
144
CUT
Austin Cook
USA
2
71
73
144
CUT
Chris Stroud
USA
2
71
73
144
CUT
Danny Willett
ENG
2
74
70
144
CUT
Harold Varner III
USA
2
71
73
144
CUT
Jim Herman
USA
2
75
69
144
CUT
Jonas Blixt
SWE
2
69
75
144
CUT
Mark Anderson
USA
2
73
71
144
CUT
Martin Kaymer
GER
2
72
72
144
CUT
Meen-Whee Kim
KOR
2
73
71
144
CUT
Brice Garnett
USA
3
72
73
145
CUT
Charles Howell III
USA
3
73
72
145
CUT
Chris Kirk
USA
3
71
74
145
CUT
Keith Mitchell
USA
3
73
72
145
CUT
Kelly Kraft
USA
3
76
69
145
CUT
Martin Laird
SCO
3
74
71
145
CUT
Morgan Hoffmann
USA
3
72
73
145
CUT
Russell Knox
SCO
3
71
74
145
CUT
Sam Saunders
USA
3
73
72
145
CUT
Vaughn Taylor
USA
3
69
76
145
CUT
Abraham Ancer
USA
4
73
73
146
CUT
Adam Long
USA
4
71
75
146
CUT
Anirban Lahiri
IND
4
72
74
146
CUT
Brian Harman
USA
4
71
75
146
CUT
Cameron Smith
AUS
4
72
74
146
CUT
Charl Schwartzel
RSA
4
74
72
146
CUT
Corey Conners
CAN
4
74
72
146
CUT
Francesco Molinari
ITA
4
74
72
146
CUT
Jim Furyk
USA
4
70
76
146
CUT
John Augenstein
USA
4
73
73
146
CUT
Justin Harding
RSA
4
74
72
146
CUT
Lucas Glover
USA
4
76
70
146
CUT
Ray Franz Jr.
USA
4
76
70
146
CUT
Ryan Blaum
USA
4
71
75
146
CUT
Sung-Jae Im
KOR
4
72
74
146
CUT
Cameron Champ
USA
5
74
73
147
CUT
Michael Kim
KOR
5
73
74
147
CUT
Rod Pampling
AUS
5
72
75
147
CUT
Scott Brown
USA
5
77
70
147
CUT
Si-Woo Kim
KOR
5
73
74
147
CUT
D. J. Trahan
USA
6
71
77
148
CUT
Tyler Duncan
USA
6
73
75
148
CUT
Beau Hossler
USA
7
76
73
149
CUT
Byeong-Hun An
KOR
7
74
75
149
CUT
D. A. Points
USA
7
73
76
149
CUT
Matt Wallace
ENG
7
75
74
149
CUT
Nick Watney
USA
7
74
75
149
CUT
Alex Cejka
GER
8
76
74
150
CUT
Tom Hoge
USA
8
76
74
150
CUT
Roger Sloan
CAN
13
82
73
155
DSQ
Ollie Schniederjans
USA
Par
73
77
150
RET
Bill Haas
USA
Par
73
73
RET
Sam Ryder
USA
Par
0
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