HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Stewart Cink maintained his five-stroke lead and set another scoring mark at the RBC Heritage with a 2-under 69 on Saturday, shifting nearer to his third victory at Harbour Town Golf Links.
Cink, 47, cooled off from his tempo within the first two rounds, when he shot a pair of 63s for his lowest profession 36-hole rating and shattered the occasion’s midway scoring mark shared by Jack Nicklaus and Phil Mickelson.
This time, Cink scrambled his option to 18-under 195, additionally a match mark for lowest 54-hole rating. The report had been held by Justin Leonard at 16-under 197 in 2002.
PGA Championship winner Collin Morikawa was at 13 underneath after a 67. Emiliano Grillo of Argentina had a 69 and was another shot behind in third.
Matt Wallace of England and Sung-jae Im of South Korea had been tied at 11 underneath. Wallace shot 65 and Im 69.
While Cink slowed down, nobody else may dent his giant lead amid Harbour Town’s slender fairways and smallish greens. That left Cink in prime place for a 3rd plaid winner’s jacket for his assortment after ending first in 2000 and 2004.
Cink rallied from behind in each of his earlier wins right here. His problem 17 years later will likely be sustaining his poise on a course the place front-runners are sometimes upended. Only as soon as prior to now eight tournaments right here because the third-round chief come out on high — and that was Webb Simpson final 12 months.
Corey Conners started the day 5 photographs behind Cink and completed with a 72. He was in a bunch of 4 at 10 underneath that included defending champ Simpson.
Simpson, who set the scoring mark of twenty-two underneath final June, had the spherical’s lowest rating at 64.
While the primary two rounds confirmed off Cink’s accuracy, this one referred to as on his scrambling capacity to remain out entrance. He was proper off the tee on No. 1 and left of the golf green on No. 3, the latter miscue resulting in his first bogey since Thursday’s opening gap.
Cink slammed the door on any hope he would possibly falter with back-to-back birdies on the fourth and fifth holes to revive the massive lead.
On the again 9, Cink saved par after driving onto the pine straw on No. 11 and once more on the following gap after his tee shot stopped towards a small, free department left of the golf green.
When Cink rolled an 8-footer for birdie on the 14th — his first in 40 rounds on that difficult par 3 — he had a six-shot lead.
Any hope of the world’s top-ranked golfer, Dustin Johnson, making a third-round cost ended with a double-bogey 5 on the par-3 seventh. He shot a 71 and remained at 5 underneath.
Divots: Si Woo Kim’s birdie putt at No. 3 held on the lip for a minute (actually, more than a minute) earlier than falling in to the grins of Kim and enjoying companion, Matt Kuchar. Alas, officers advised Kim it was not a birdie because it took for much longer than PGA Tour’s 10-second restrict. A stroke was added and Kim left with par. … A Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner made a flyover, with out incident, at Harbour Town Golf Links on Saturday to the cheers of spectators lining the 18th gap. Boeing, which has a producing plant in North Charleston, is a presenting sponsor of the RBC Heritage.
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