Daily Wrap-up: RBC Heritage, Round 3text sizeApril 20, 2013
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Charley Hoffman had four birdies his first five holes en route to a 5-under 66 at the RBC Heritage on Saturday, taking a two-stroke lead at 11-under over U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson.
Hoffman struggled in his first two appearances at this tournament but last year he discovered a new appreciation for Harbour Town Golf Links and is now closing in on his third PGA TOUR victory.
"I would say I wasn't mature enough to play this golf course," Hoffman said. "I didn't understand how to play it. I guess I would get frustrated when I hit the fairway and didn't have a shot at the green."
Hoffman opened play with a 66 on Thursday, moved into a three-way tie for the top Friday and took control with his hot start in the third round.
It feels like a long time ago that Webb Simpson won the U.S. Open.
In some ways, it was.
Three other major champions have been crowned. Brandt Snedeker has won the FedExCup. Australia has a Green Jacket. And Simpson’s family has grown by one.
“It’s so hard on the PGA TOUR to get in contention, because there’s so many good players now,” Simpson said. “When those opportunities come, you hope you play well.”
Through three rounds of the RBC Heritage, Simpson has done that.
Charley Hoffman took control at Harbour Town when he holed this 38-foot birdie try on the par-5 15th hole.
@JesperParnevik: Everybody in the field at +2, put your envelopes in my locker...
Parnevik missed a 5-footer on No. 18 early Saturday to move the cut line from 1-over to 2-over
@bencranegolf: This course isn't especially long but it can be penal if you don't have good angles into the greens. Need to hit fairways.
Crane has gone 70-74-66 and currently sits T23
"Maybe the wind will blow my ball closer to the hole (laughter)."
-- Tournament leader Charley Hoffman, after talking about a poor ballstriking day when asked about Sunday's expected winds.
" I think with 25, 35 mile an hour winds tomorrow it's going to be a bloodbath out here. Hopefully I can hold on and make some putts coming down the stretch."
-- Kevin Streelman, who is in third-place, three off the lead after 54 holes
0 -- The nubmer of times Hoffman has led on TOUR with 18 holes to play prior to this week
0 -- Players who have carded three rounds in the 60s this week
5 -- Players inside the top 10 seeking their first PGA TOUR victory (Brendon de Jonge, Ryo Ishikawa, Justin Hicks, Billy Horschel, Steve LeBrun)
21 -- Putts Charley Hoffman needed in his third-round 66.
65 -- Webb Simpson's score on Saturday, which tied him for the low round of the week (Brian Davis, Rd. 1)
70 -- The number of players making the secondary cut at Harbour Town. The initial cut was 91 players at 2 over or better.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Webb Simpson shot his lowest career score at Harbour Town on Saturday, a 6-under 65 that his him two shots off the lead.
Now he'll try to win for the first time since last year's U.S. Open.
"It's all in my swing," Simpson said. "We've been working on the same thing all year. We knew where we wanted to get, we just didn't know how to work on it. Once we found out how to work on it, everything clicked."
Simpson made seven birdies and no bogeys Saturday, hitting 15 greens in the process.
Given the tight confines at Harbour Town, the latter was especially important for Simpson .... Read more