Emergency 9: RBC Heritage, Round 3
April 14, 2018
By Mike Glasscott, PGATOUR.COM
Ian Poulter leads after bogey-free round shot at RBC Heritage
Here are nine tidbits from the third round of the 50th RBC Heritage that gamers can use tomorrow, this weekend or down the road. Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina plays to 7,099 yards (Par-71).
For the second non-major event in a row Ian Poulter is playing from the final group on Sunday. For the second non-major event in a row, he's posted a bogey-free round on Saturday. His 67 this week wasn't as good as 65 at GCH but you get the point. He entered the final round in Houston with a streak of 41 holes in a row without a bogey. He enters Sunday this week a streak of 45 holes in a row without a bogey. He set the pace at 13-under-par 200 and leads by one.
Speaking of Houston, Poulter played the final found with 23-year-old Beua Hossler. He will be joined in the final group with another 23-year old as Si Woo Kim, 23, and Luke List will round out the last trio. Unlike Hossler, Kim has won THE PLAYERS Championship and the Wyndham Championship so Poulter will have his work cut out. Kim entered the week 209th in SG: Putting but somehow is fourth this week and leads the field in putts per GIR. Did I mention he made a triple in the second round? Um, yeah.
Using the Force
I had Luke List as my OAD at the Houston Open so it makes sense that he's in the mix THIS week. Let's hope those of you who selected him in the PGA TOUR Fantasy One & Done presented by SERVPRO have a better result than T24. He was the 18th most-selected player this week and backed up his excellent 64 from Friday with 67 on Saturday that included only one bogey. List lost in a playoff to Justin Thomas at the Honda Classic so he's not going to be intimidated tomorrow. He's leading the field in SG: Tee to Green.
Kevin Kisner already has one tartan sport coat from his win at Colonial and would like to add to his collection. He posted one of the four rounds of 66, lowest of the day, to jump into contention just three shot adrift. He lost here in a playoff to Jim Furyk after he posted a closing round 64 in 2015. The Aiken, S.C., native will have the backing of the galleries tomorrow as he looks to pick up his first win since Colonial last May.
Been There, Done That
Matt Kuchar is lingering at T9 and just five shots off the lead. He's familiar with coming from off the pace as this event and winning as that was his winning formula in 2014. He began Sunday four shots behind Luke Donald before posting 64 that included holing a bunker shot on the final hole to avoid a playoff.
Running Down a Dream
C.T. Pan hasn't posted a top 10 this season but don't dismiss the former No. 1 amateur in the world. He has some scars as he went close at The RSM Classic in November of 2016, missing a playoff by a shot. He was in the penultimate group in January 2017 of the Farmers Insurance Open and finished T2. Last summer he was in the third-to-last group at the Travelers Championship before finishing T8. He's never won as a professional.
Ryan Moore moved up 17 spots to T9 after his 67. His even-par score on his final nine included a double and a bogey so it could have been special. He only has one final round this season in the 60's in seven tries this season ... Byeong Hun An had one of those rounds of 66 to move up 30 spots to T12. The putter was the key today as he gained almost three strokes on the green. He's 57th in proximity so he'll need another big day with the flat stick on Sunday it appears. ... It's never easy to back up a low round with another low round but don't tell Lucas Glover. He posted 74-65 to make the cut and wasn't happy with just being around on the weekend as 67 jumped him 21 spots to T12. Like Kisner, the Clemson grad will have a few fans rooting for him Sunday as he looks to improve on his season-best finish of T7 (CIMB Classic).
Moving Day: Wrong Way
54-hole leader Bryson DeChambeau birdied the first hole and looked to be on his way to padding his lead. After a TRIPLE on the next hole, he allowed plenty of guys to recalibrate and begin their chase. It looked like he righted the ship after birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 but two doubles on his final six holes had "The Scientist" scratching his head. He eventually signed for 75 and sits seven shots off the lead. Sadly for gamers and scientists, what goes up must come down.
... The last five winners have all been three shots or MORE behind in the final round. #Play72. ... Wesley Bryan kept the defending champion's tradition of making the cut alive. The last defending champ to miss was Davis Love, III in 1993. Bryan won't join Boo Weekley in defending as he'll begin Sunday 11 shots off the lead. ... World No. 1 Dustin Johnson went the wrong way with 72 on Saturday to drop to T45. ... Jonas Blixt and Kevin Streelman joined Poulter in signing bogey-free cards. They all shot 67.