Hilton Head Island, S.C. • Luke Donald believes he’s got the right game on the right course — and is ready to make up for so many near-misses at the RBC Heritage.
Donald had an eagle and six birdies to shoot 66 on Saturday and take a two-stroke lead over John Huh after three rounds at Harbour Town Golf Links. The Englishman has done just about everything on Harbour Town the past five times he’s played — except win.
He fell in a playoff to Brandt Snedeker here in 2011, part of a run of four top-3 finishes since at the tricky, Pete Dye design. Now, he’ll carry the lead into the final day and is ready to make it stand up on Sunday.
"If I can go out as relaxed and confident as I was today tomorrow," he said. "If I can control the trajectory [of shots] as well as I did today, then hopefully I’ll be sitting here as the winner."
Once the world’s top-ranked golfer, Donald has changed coaches and the transition back to the top has not come as quickly as planned. The last of his five PGA Tour wins came in 2012, his best showing this year was a tie for fourth at the Valspar Championship last month and he was quickly bounced at the Masters after shooting 79-70.
Huh shot a 68 and was at 6 under.
Major champions Charl Schwartzel (68) and Jim Furyk (71), Nicholas Thompson (68) and Ben Martin (71) were tied for third at 5 under.
In Duluth, Ga., Miguel Angel Jimenez, extending his impressive Champions Tour debut, shot 2-under 70 to take a one-stroke lead over defending champion Bernhard Langer into the final round of the Greater Gwinnett Championship.
Fred Couples, who shot 68, is in third place, two shots behind Jimenez.
In Kapolei, Hawaii, Michelle Wie rallied from four strokes back entering the day to shoot a 5-under 67 and win the LPGA LOTTE Championship.
The 24-year-old American finished at 14-under 274 after coming into the final round trailing third-round leader Angela Stanford by four shots after Friday’s play. Stanford had her worst round of the tournament, shooting a 1-over 73 that put her at 12-under 276 and two shots behind Wie. Top-ranked Inbee Park finished third with an 11-under 277.
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