Dufner eagles twice to lead RBC Heritage through 3 rounds

Cheryl Sanders
April 16, 2017

After missing the cut at his past two Tour starts, including the Masters, Rod Pampling, made a flying start with birdies at the first two holes before finishing with a two-under par 69 to be in a tie for 35th.

DeLaet was second after a 69, the Canadian's third straight sub-70 round after having just five in five previous appearances here. I was really happy how I played on the back nine.

PGA Tour Champions: Bob Tway bogeyed two of the last three holes for a 7-under 65 and the first-round lead in the Mitsubishi Electric Classic.

DeLaet would be the third Canadian player to win on the PGA Tour this season, joining Mackenzie Hughes and Adam Hadwin.

He and Simpson are one shot clear of Bud Cauley, Pat Perez, Jason Dufner, Nick Taylor and Sam Saunders.

Webb Simpson and Ian Poulter each held the lead at one stage, only to end their respective rounds two and three shots behind. "Obviously the eagles helped on the front nine since I did have some bogeys, but the back nine was pretty clean and I feel pretty good about how I played on the back nine".

"It's always nice to get an eagle, let alone two. At 10, I missed an eight-footer for birdie, and I birdied 11 and 12", he said.

DeLaet has missed 10 of 28 fairways this week, but has hit 31 of 36 greens despite Harbour Town's small putting surfaces. "I've been hitting the ball awesome this week, and I've hit a lot of greens, so I'm going to try to keep doing what I'm doing".

His position atop the leaderboard is far from safe, though, with seven golfers being within four shots of him. "Poulter dropped another at 11 (failed scramble) before finishing up with six pars and a birdie-2 at 14, pitching in from 41'4" away. But Poulter drove it in the water on No. 10, faced off with a gator and made double bogey followed by a bogey on 11. Another of those chasers was Alexander Levy, who finished with a birdie, then an eagle after holing his approach, and then a three-putt bogey.

That left him four off the pace in a share of sixth as Dufner surged into first place with a brilliant 65.

Ernie Els and Vijay Singh - who share seven majors between - and 2016 Masters champion Danny Willett also failed to make it to the weekend. Simpson, who is a North Carolina native, was a runner-up at this tournament in 2013 after falling in a playoff to Graeme McDowell.

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