Charley Hoffman will take two-shot lead into final round of RBC Heritage
Charley Hoffman birdied four of his first five holes to pull two clear ahead of the final round of the RBC Heritage.
Last Updated: 21/04/13 6:40pm
Tied for the lead overnight, Hoffman made a blistering start to his third round to pull clear of the field and then maintained his advantage as he posted a bogey-free 66.
That left him on 11-under-par by the close, two clear of Webb Simpson - who shot a superb 65 - and a further stroke clear of Kevin Streelman (69) with whom he shared the overnight lead.
Graeme McDowell (68) birdied the 18th to finish four off the pace in a tie for fourth with Zimbabwe's Brendon de Jonge, but Ryder Cup colleague Luke Donald saw his hopes fade after a level-par 71 left him six adrift.
But it's Hoffman who is in pole position to clinch his third PGA Tour victory - and a first for almost three years - as he built on a quite remarkable start to his round.
The 36-year-old got the ball rolling with a birdie at the first and then took advantage of the par-five second to push himself into the lead at eight-under.
After a par at the third, he rolled home a 12-footer for birdie at the par-three fourth hole and then nudged home from about half that distance to pick up another stroke at the long fifth.
That saw him open a three-shot lead over his rivals and he would go on to produce a couple of good escapes after wayward drives to keep a bogey off his card.
His sole birdie of the back-nine came at another par-five, the 15th, where he sunk an unlikely 40-footer across the green to edge further clear of a charging Simpson.
The US Open champion made three birdies on both the front and back nine as he roared into contention and also managed to go bogey-free around the tight and testing Harbour Town Golf Links.