Charley Hoffman’s quick start gave him a two-shot lead over US Open champion Webb Simpson after three rounds of the RBC Heritage on Saturday in Hilton Head, S.C.
Hoffman had four birdies on his first five holes to shoot a bogey-free 5-under 66 and keep out front at 11 under on a windy, cool day at Harbour Town Golf Links. Simpson also didn’t make a bogey on the way to a 65, tying the lowest round of the tournament.
Kevin Streelman shot a 69 and was alone in third at 8 under.
The day featured a rain-delayed second round and the third, which started with 91 players making the cut, tying the tour high set in 1981 at the Travelers Championship.
Brendon de Jonge (67) and Graeme McDowell (68) were tied at 7-under par, four shots off the lead.
Brandt Snedeker, at No. 5 in the world the highest ranked golfer at the event, was on the verge of missing the weekend after shooting 73-71. Snedeker was not spectacular in his bonus round, but did enough with an even-par 71 to hang around Sunday.LPGA — Suzann Pettersen won the Lotte Championship in Kapolei, Hawaii, beating Lizette Salas with a par on the first hole of a playoff after Salas chunked her approach into the water. Pettersen bogeyed the final hole of regulation to set up the playoff on the par-4 18th. She closed with a 5-under 67, and Salas had a tournament-record 62 to finish at 19-under 269. Salas played a nine-hole stretch in 9 under, but double-bogeyed the playoff hole. Champions — Esteban Toledo, a rookie looking for his first win on the tour, gained a one-stroke lead heading into the final round of the Greater Gwinnett Championship in Duluth, Ga. Toledo completed his first-round 68 early Saturday before shooting a 2-under 70 in the second round. Bernhard Langer had a 66 that left him in a four-way tie for second.
European — In Valencia, Spain, Mark Warren shot a 4-under 68 to take a two-shot lead after the third round of the Spanish Open.