Tracker: Donald takes RBC Heritage lead

Luke Donald during Saturday's play at the PGA Tour's 2014 RBC Heritage in Hilton Head Island, S.C.

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Before the third round began Saturday at the PGA Tour's RBC Heritage in Hilton Head Island, S.C., K.J. Choi was caught as Jim Furyk and Ben Martin finished their second rounds in the morning at 5 under – which is how they'll start the third round; they lead by two shots.

Nicholas Thompson moved to the lead for much of the third round, but Luke Donald came on strong around the turn and will head into Sunday's final round with a two-shot lead.

Recap Saturday's third round of the RBC Heritage right here – as well as the completion of the second round – and scroll down for previous coverage!

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THIRD ROUND

Update No. 46: 7:09 p.m. EDT

First-round co-leaders Jim Furyk and Ben Martin wrap up even-par 71s to remain 5 under, now three back of leader Luke Donald and T-3. K.J. Choi cards a 74 that drops him to T-16 at 2 under.

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Update No. 45: 6:58 p.m. EDT

Leader Luke Donald again knocks it over the top of the flag, this time the ball rolling off the back of the 18th green. He putts and misses left, then taps in for par to card a 5-under 66 that gives him a two-shot lead and ties him with Jason Kokrak for the day's best round.

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Update No. 44: 6:49 p.m. EDT

John Huh misses the 18th green long and can't get up and down, his first bogey of the day forcing him to settle for a 68 as he heads to the clubhouse in solo second. He trails leader Luke Donald by two shots.

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Update No. 43: 6:35 p.m. EDT

Luke Donald hits his tee shot at the par-3 17th over the flagstick and about 15 feet past, then sinks the putt dead center to reclaim the outright lead and move to 8 under. He's a shot clear of John Huh, who pars the 17th, and three clear of four players T-3.

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Update No. 42: 6:23 p.m. EDT

A bogey at the 18th gives Nicholas Thompson a 2-over back nine to go with his 5-under front nine and sends him to the clubhouse with a 68, leaving him T-3 at 5 under and two back of co-leaders Luke Donald and John Huh.

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Update No. 41: 6:14 p.m. EDT

John Huh gives himself a birdie opportunity at the 16th, hitting his approach to about 10-12 feet and sinking the putt to tie Luke Donald for the lead at 7 under. Nicholas Thompson is alone in second at 6 under, with four players T-4 at 5 under – including Charl Schwartzel, in the clubhouse after a 68.

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Update No. 40: 6:10 p.m. EDT

Nicholas Thompson gives himself a birdie look at the 17th to try and reclaim the lead, but it grazes the edge and he remains 6 under, T-2 with John Huh a shot back of Luke Donald – who pars the 15th.

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Update No. 39: 5:49 p.m. EDT

Nicholas Thompson chips from behind and beneath the 16th green, the ball stopping short of the hole for an uphill par try of less than 10 feet. That one drifts low and just short of the front edge as he drops to 6 under, T-2 alongside John Huh. Luke Donald takes the lead outright.

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Update No. 38: 5:41 p.m. EDT

Luke Donald gives himself a birdie look at the par-3 14th and makes a putt of about 15 feet to tie Nicholas Thompson for the lead at 7 under. They're one shot ahead of John Huh, who birdies the 13th to break free of that group at 5 under. Up ahead, Thompson overshoots the green at the 16th and faces a tough up-and-down attempt.

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Update No. 37: 5:29 p.m. EDT

Second-round co-leader Jim Furyk bogeys No. 12 to drop to 4 under, still just three shots off the lead but T-10 with four others a notch beneath a six-man logjam at 5 under.

Leader Nicholas Thompson is still all pars on the back nine with three holes to play.

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Update No. 36: 5:07 p.m. EDT

Birdies at Nos. 10-11 lift Luke Donald to 6 under, a shot back of leader Nicholas Thompson and T-2 alongside Brian Harman. Harman pars the 15th. Thompson pars again at No. 13, his fourth in a row since birdieing four of five holes before the turn to move into the lead.

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Update No. 35: 4:53 p.m. EDT

Brian Harman cuts the lead in half with a birdie at the par-3 14th, moving to 6 under and within a shot of leader Nicholas Thompson. Eight players are T-3 at 5 under.

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Update No. 34: 4:48 p.m. EDT

Leader Nicholas Thompson pars the 11th and 12th to remain 7 under, two shots ahead. His most recent birdie came at the ninth.

The day's final group, second-round co-leaders K.J. Choi, Jim Furyk and Ben Martin, are on pace to finish right about 7 p.m. EDT, weather permitting – nearby places report thunderstorms, according to weather.com, which forecasts the rain steering clear of Hilton Head Island until after sunset. Martin birdies the ninth to get back to finish the front nine in even par, getting back to 5 under.

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Update No. 33: 4:36 p.m. EDT

No surprise when the leader has the low number of the day going, which is the case for Nicholas Thompson at 5 under for the third round, but Ryo Ishikawa also is on that mark through 12 holes to rise to T-21 at 2 under. Four under for the round are Brian Stuard (T-2), Jason Kokrak (T-21) and Stuart Appleby (T-36).

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Update No. 32: 4:22 p.m. EDT

Leader Nicholas Thompson pars the 10th hole to remain two shots clear of his closest challengers, while the group T-2 at 5 under shrinks a bit to seven players: Jim Furyk, Chesson Hadley, Brian Harman, John Huh, Matt Kuchar, Rory Sabbatini and Brian Stuard.

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Update No. 31: 4:02 p.m. EDT

Nicholas Thompson birdies No. 9 to wrap up a front nine of 31 and take the lead outright at 7 under. Meanwhile, K.J. Choi bogeys No. 6 and Thompson's lead is two shots ahead of a group of nine players at 5 under. Thompson is looking for his first top-10 finish of the season.

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Update No. 30: 3:51 p.m. EDT

Nicholas Thompson catches K.J. Choi for a share of the lead at 6 under, birdieing No. 8 for his third in four holes. Thompson, who played collegiately at Georgia Tech, is the brother of 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship winner Lexi Thompson.

Brian Harman moves into a six-man group T-3 at 5 under thanks to a birdie at No. 10.

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Update No. 29: 3:35 p.m. EDT

Matt Kuchar is bouncing back from a second-round 73, it would seem, with birdies at Nos. 3 and 6 to move to 5 under, the mark on which he shared the first-round lead. He's tied with seven others for second place right now, a shot back of leader K.J. Choi.

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Update No. 28: 3:21 p.m. EDT

Nicholas Thompson has a hot hand, a birdie at the first (above) bolstered by two more at Nos. 5-6 to move to T-2 at 5 under, one back of leader K.J. Choi. Also a shot back are Jim Furyk, Richard H. Lee, Ben Martin and Ted Potter Jr.

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Update No. 27: 3:13 p.m. EDT

K.J. Choi again has the lead outright as Jim Furyk bogeys the third hole to fall a shot back at 5 under, among five players T-2.

Amateur Matt Fitzpatrick birdies No. 10 to move to 2 under and T-22.

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Update No. 26: 2:59 p.m. EDT

K.J. Choi and Jim Furyk birdie the par-5 second hole to move to 6 under, leading by a shot over four players: Luke Donald, Chesson Hadley, Richard H. Lee and Ben Martin.

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Update No. 25: 2:48 p.m. EDT

Luke Donald eagles the second hole to move to 5 under, creating a four-way tie for the lead with K.J. Choi, Jim Furyk and Richard H. Lee. Seven players are T-5 just a shot back, with 10 more players another shot back and T-12.

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Update No. 24: 2:43 p.m. EDT

Richard H. Lee moves into the lead group with a birdie at the first hole, while Ben Martin opens with bogey to fall a shot back. Lee, K.J. Choi and Jim Furyk are 5 under; Martin and six other players are T-4 – including first-round co-leader Matt Kuchar, who birdies No. 3.

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Update No. 23: 2:16 p.m. EDT

Early birdies pull Richard H. Lee and Chesson Hadley to 4 under, T-4 alongside Graeme McDowell and Kevin Stadler just a shot behind the co-leaders. This birdie putt helped McDowell get close to the lead:

By the way, the first group off the back is on a pace slightly longer than four hours, which would mean skies need to stay dry until 6:30 or maybe a little later if the third round is to finish today.

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Update No. 22: 2:02 p.m. EDT

Graeme McDowell and Kevin Stadler pull within a shot of the co-leaders, McDowell with birdies on his first two holes and Stadler with an eagle at the second. They're 4 under and knocking on the door about 20 minutes before K.J. Choi, Jim Furyk and Ben Martin tee off.

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Update No. 21: 1:51 p.m. EDT

Matt Fitzpatrick's first birdie of the day comes at the par-5 fifth hole and gets him under par for the tournament at T-26.

Zach Johnson's difficulties continue with bogeys at Nos. 11-12 as he drops to T-66 at 4 over.

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Update No. 20: 1:34 p.m. EDT

Jordan Spieth birdies No. 13 and follows with a par to stand T-34 at even par five holes into his third round.

Graeme McDowell opens with a birdie to move to 3 under, T-4 and two back of the co-leaders.

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Update No. 19: 1:28 p.m. EDT

Camilo Villegas birdies again at No. 3 to get his round to 2 under, and he follows with a par to remain T-24 at 1 under. J.B. Holmes also is 2 under for the round and T-24 at 1 under, with birdies at Nos. 3 and 5.

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Update No. 18: 1:01 p.m. EDT

Playing as an amateur, Matt Fitzpatrick is even par with seven birdies, three bogeys and two double bogeys. He opens his third round with a par to remain T-32, five back of the co-leaders.

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Update No. 17: 12:50 p.m. EDT

Camilo Villegas birdies the par-5 second hole to climb a notch to T-32 at 1 under. Villegas, who played collegiately at Florida, is looking for his first win since the 2010 Honda Classic.

By the way, forecasters keep pushing the likelihood of more rain later into the day, with precipitation unlikely until near sunset. With cloudiness persisting, we'll see if darkness or more rain calls an end to things first – or if co-leaders K.J. Choi, Jim Furyk and Ben Martin can complete their round after teeing off at 2:20 p.m. before a delay can strike.

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Update No. 16: 12:37 p.m. EDT

Ken Duke, Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth get their third rounds started off No. 10, meaning they're batting leadoff for the back half of the remaining 78-man field that made the cut. Reed opens with birdie to move to T-31 at even par for the week, while Duke and Spieth par to remain T-38 at 1 over.

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Third-round hole locations for the PGA Tour's 2014 RBC Heritage at Hilton Head Island, S.C.

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Update No. 15: 12:24 p.m. EDT

With the third round about to get underway, let's take a look at how things stand for the players in this week's tournament who are in the top 20 of the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings (and at right, a look at third-round pins):

  • 2. Matt Kuchar: T-4, 3 under (66-73)
  • 8. Zach Johnson: T-50, 2 over (71-73)
  • 10. Hunter Mahan: MC (74-74)
  • 13. Jim Furyk: Co-leader, 5 under (71-66)
  • 14. Jordan Spieth: T-37, 1 over (69-74)
  • 15. Hideki Matsuyama: MC (71-79)
  • 16. Harris English: T-22, 1 under (68-73)
  • 19. Charl Schwartzel: T-15, 2 under (70-70)
  • 20. Charley Hoffman: T-50, 2 over (73-71)

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SECOND ROUND

Update No. 14: 11:46 a.m. EDT

Bogey at the 18th drops Richard H. Lee to T-4 at 3 under, among 11 players two shots back of co-leaders K.J. Choi, Jim Furyk and Ben Martin to start the third round.

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Update No. 13: 11:31 a.m. EDT

Ben Martin, looking to carry the lead into the third round, hits his approach at No. 9 into a bunker and knocks that one inside 10 feet, looking for a sand save to remain a shot ahead. The putt misses as he cards a 68 and the third round will start this afternoon with K.J. Choi, Jim Furyk and Ben Martin tied for the lead at 5 under. Richard H. Lee could join them with a birdie at the 18th.

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Update No. 12: 11:24 a.m. EDT

Leader Ben Martin cards his third straight par to remain 6 under with one hole to play, a shot ahead of K.J. Choi and Jim Furyk.

Robert Allenby had challenged for the lead early in his second round with birdies at Nos. 1-2 Friday, but bogeys today at Nos. 7, 15 and 18 have him T-22 at 1 under as he heads in.

The cut line holds steady at 4 over, which would count out notables including Hunter Mahan and U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson.

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Update No. 11: 11:02 a.m. EDT

First-round co-leader Matt Kuchar bogeys the 18th to wrap up a 73 that drops him to 3 under, T-4 as he heads in.

Leader Ben Martin pars Nos. 6-7 and remains a shot ahead of K.J. Choi and Jim Furyk with two holes to play.

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Update No. 10: 10:53 a.m. EDT

Jim Furyk birdies his final hole of the second round for a bogey-free 66 that sends him in at 5 under, one shot back of leader Ben Martin and T-2 with K.J. Choi.

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Update No. 9: 10:42 a.m. EDT

Matt Kuchar makes a run to get back near the top of the leaderboard – birdieing three of four holes from Nos. 14-17, to get his round to 1 over and stand T-3 alongside Jim Furyk at 4 under.

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Update No. 8: 10:35 a.m. EDT

Ben Martin takes the lead outright with a birdie at No. 5, moving to 6 under and pulling a shot ahead of K.J. Choi. Martin's 4 under with four holes to play.

The Tour again shows the cut at 4 over, with 12 players at T-71 on that mark.

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Update No. 7: 10:26 a.m. EDT

Richard H. Lee follows a front nine of all pars by birdieing three of four holes after making the turn, including back-to-back at Nos. 12-13. He moves to T-2 and 4 under alongside Jim Furyk, one shot back of co-leaders K.J. Choi and Ben Martin. Lee, who played collegiately at Washington, is looking for his third top-10 finish of the season and first Tour win.

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Update No. 6: 10:14 a.m. EDT

The projected cut line moves back to 3 over, eight shots back of co-leaders K.J. Choi and Ben Martin, where 11 players are T-61. This also should be interesting, with 4 over good for T-72 as things stand and plenty of movement possible.

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Update No. 5: 10:05 a.m. EDT

With three straight pars, Jim Furyk remains 4 under and one shot back of co-leaders K.J. Choi and Ben Martin.

Eleven players are T-4 at 3 under, two back of the co-leaders – and only three are in the clubhouse after having finished their round Friday. So there's plenty of movement possible atop this leaderboard before the round ends.

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Update No. 4: 9:51 a.m. EDT

Ben Martin moves into a share of the lead alongside K.J. Choi at 5 under thanks to a birdie at No. 2, his third of the round against no bogeys. Martin, who played collegiately in the Palmetto State at Clemson, is looking for his first Tour win and second top-three finish of the season.

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Update No. 3: 9:42 a.m. EDT

The projected cut line has moved to 4 over, with eight players on the course including Ernie Els on that mark and looking to stay eligible for the weekend. Five players are a shot outside that mark and looking to get in, including Vijay Singh.

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Update No. 2: 9:34 a.m. EDT

First-round co-leader Matt Kuchar has a bogey at No. 8 and a birdie at No. 10 since play resumed Saturday to remain 1 under and T-19, two double bogeys before play was halted Friday having done their damage. Kuchar has six holes to play after pars at Nos. 11-12.

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Update No. 1: 9:29 a.m. EDT

Play is underway Saturday morning to conclude the second round, with Jim Furyk getting his round to 4 under after making the turn thanks to birdies at Nos. 1 and 3. Furyk is one shot back of leader K.J. Choi, T-2 alongside Scott Brown and Ben Martin. Brown is 3 under through 14 holes, while Martin is 2 under through nine.

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Saturday's forecast

There's a 30-40 percent chance of showers continuing into the early morning, according to weather.com, reaching 50 percent by afternoon with sustained winds in the mid-teens. Figures to be another soggy day.

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Friday's coverage

5 Things: K.J. leads RBC; Fitzpatrick even; more

Before the rain got to the point that play had to be halted Friday, K.J. Choi rose to 5 under while a trio of first-round co-leaders fell off the mark. Here are 5 Things to know from the first day of the second round at Hilton Head.

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Thursday's coverage

5 Things: Kuchar leads; big names struggle

Conditions were far from relaxed in the first round of the RBC Heritage at the Harbour Town Golf Links on Thursday. The winds and cool temperatures made the relatively short 7,101-yard course play difficult, with only 35 of the 132 players under par. Among those over par: Vijay Singh, Ernie Els, Brandt Snedeker, Bill Haas, Geoff Ogilvy, Boo Weekley, Paul Casey and Hunter Mahan. Most of the players in red numbers didn’t play Augusta National last week for the Masters.

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Pre-tournament coverage

Taylor, Marino looking to follow Stefani's Tour path

Vaughn Taylor has traveled the globe in 2014, but a two-hour drive to Hilton Head for the RBC Heritage has been the highlight of his year. Meanwhile, Steve Marino is using this week to reintroduce himself to the Tour.

Expert picks: Spieth, Kuchar, Haas headline Heritage picks

An impressive field has been put together this week for the RBC Heritage, with many players making the two-hour jaunt from Augusta to take on Harbour Town. Here's our staff's picks for the week.

Rude: Augusta National should Bubba-proof course

Senior writer Jeff Rude believes Augusta National should Bubba-proof the golf course, just as it did for Tiger Woods.

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