April 14 2012
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- The third round of the RBC Heritage is in the books. See below for updates from throughout the day. Leave your comments below.
UPDATES (All times ET)
5:45 p.m. -- Carl Pettersson finally made his first birdie since the 10th hole and it couldn’t have come at a better time. The Swede hit his approach to 8 feet on the difficult par-4 18th, then rolled in the putt to cap a round of 66 that gives him a one-shot lead at 12 under over Colt Knost.
5 p.m. -- Defending champion Brandt Snedeker slid his birdie attempt at 18 just past the hole. Still, his 69 leaves him at 6 under and in contention with one round to play. Currently he’s just five off the lead and alone in fourth.
4:45 p.m. -- Zach Johnson just closed in 32 with three birdies -- and perhaps more importantly, no bogeys -- over his final six holes to shoot a 5-under 66. That gets him to 8 under and within reach of the lead with one round to play. Carl Pettersson is still in front at 12 under with Colt Knost a shot back.
4:30 p.m. -- Colt Knost just birdied the par-4 13th, where he rolled in a 17-footer to get to 11 under and within one of the lead. For now, it’s a two-horse race between Knost and leader Carl Pettersson with Zach Johnson the next closest player at 7 under.
4:10 p.m. -- Just when it looked like Carl Pettersson might run away and hide from the field, he bogeyed the par-4 11th after coming up short of the green then chipping to 37 feet and two-putting. That drops him back to 12 under and two ahead of Colt Knost. Meanwhile, Zach Johnson has moved into third at 7 under after a birdie on the par-4 16th.
4 p.m. -- The birdies keep coming for Carl Pettersson, who just made another one on the par-4 10th to get to 6 under on the day and 13 under for the tournament. Pettersson’s best career score was a 60 at another RBC event, the 2010 Canadian Open. The course record here? A 61 by David Frost in 1994.
3:45 p.m. -- Carl Pettersson and Colt Knost have separated themselves from the field a bit with Pettersson at 12 under and Knost one shot back. They went out in 31 and 34, respectively, and the nearest competitor is Harris English at 7 under.
3:30 p.m. -- Carl Pettersson’s birdie barrage came to an end a couple of holes ago when he missed a 20-footer and had to settle for par on the par-3 seventh. The big Swede still leads by two, though, with Colt Knost alone in second. Harris English is currently solo third, but he’s five shots off the lead, while Zach Johnson and Boo Weekley are among a group of four players another stroke back at 6 under.
3:10 p.m. -- Make that five birdies in a row for Carl Pettersson, who rolled in a 14-footer at the par-4 sixth to extend his lead to two shots.
3 p.m. -- Carl Pettersson just made his fourth straight birdie, this one coming on the par-5 fifth, where he came up short on his second shot, chipped to 15 feet and made the putt. Keeping pace with him, Colt Knost birdied the hole, too, to stay one shot back.
2:45 p.m. -- Carl Pettersson is the new leader at 10 under after back-to-back-to-back birdies on Nos. 3, 4 and 5. Meanwhile, Colt Knost’s up and down day continues with a bogey at No. 3 to drop back to 9 under.
2:15 p.m. -- So much for Colt Knost’s slow start. He just eagled the par-5 second hole, rolling in a 48-footer from just off the green to get to 10 under and two shots clear of Carl Pettersson and three clear of Boo Weekley and Harris English.
2:05 p.m. -- After driving it in the trees and being forced to punch out, Colt Knost made bogey on the par-4 first to drop to 8 under and only one shot clear of Carl Pettersson. Three others, including Boo Weekley and Harris English, are another shot back.
1:55 p.m. -- Leader Colt Knost is off to a shaky start. He just sent his tee shot into the trees right of the first fairway here at Harbour Town, where he leads, at least for now, by two shots. The last time Knost was in this position was at the 2009 Shell Houston Open, where he led after the second and third rounds only to shoot 81 on Sunday.
1:30 p.m. -- The final pairing of Colt Knost and Carl Pettersson will tee off in 20 minutes and they’ll do so under sunny but also breezy skies. The temperature is in the mid-70s with winds around 10 mph out of the southeast. Scoring is good, though, with Charley Hoffman already 2 under through his first three holes and Cameron Beckman already in with a 66 to get to 3 under. Chez Reavie is also four shots back in a tie for fifth after playing his first five holes in 3 under.