Golf: Hoffman 2 ahead in RBC

2013-04-21T00:00:00Z Golf: Hoffman 2 ahead in RBCThe Associated Press The Associated Press
April 21, 2013 12:00 am  • 

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. - Charley Hoffman's quick start gave him a two-shot lead over U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson after three rounds of the RBC Heritage on Saturday.

Hoffman had four birdies on his first five holes to shoot a bogey-free 5-under 66 and keep out front at 11 under on a windy, cool day at Harbour Town Golf Links. Simpson also didn't make a bogey on the way to a 65, tying the lowest round of the tournament.

Kevin Streelman shot a 69 and was alone in third at 8 under.

The round started with 91 players making the cut, tying the tour high set in 1981 at the Travelers Championship. Jesper Parnevik moved the cut line Saturday morning to 2 over as he missed a 5-footer to complete his rain-delayed second round and opened the door for 21 players to keep playing.

Brendon de Jonge and Graeme McDowell were tied at 7-under par, four shots off the lead. De Jonge shot a 67, and McDowell had a 68.

The last of Hoffman's two career PGA Tour victories came at the 2010 Deutsche Bank Championship. Early on, he threatened to turn the RBC Heritage into a runaway.

He made a 30-footer for birdie at the first to break from a three-way tie with Kevin Streelman and Steve LeBrun, then followed that by getting up and down from about 30 feet on the par-5 second hole. Hoffman was pin high, 12 feet away on the par-3 fourth to move to 9 under and closed his hot start with another up-and-down birdie - this one from 65 feet - on the par-5 fifth.

Hoffman played steadily the rest of the way to maintain his lead.

Champions Tour

DULUTH, Ga. - Esteban Toledo, a rookie looking for his first win on the Champions Tour, has a one-stroke lead heading into the final round of the Greater Gwinnett Championship.

Toledo, from Mexicali, Mexico, completed his first-round 68 early Saturday before shooting a 2-under 70 in the second round. Bernhard Langer had 66 that left him in a four-way tie for second with Roger Chapman, Tom Pernice Jr. and Mark Calcavecchia.

European Tour

VALENCIA, Spain - Mark Warren of Scotland shot a 4-under 68 Saturday to take a two-shot lead after the third round of the Spanish Open.

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