Date: April 21, 2013
Author: Omnisport

Appleby leading Australian in South Carolina

A scintillating performance with the putter has left Charley Hoffman with a two-shot lead at the RBC Heritage after Saturday&aposs third round. The American only needed 21 putts around the Harbour Town Golf Links to card a five-under 66 to be 11-under overall heading to Sunday&aposs finale. The 36-year-old is chasing his first PGA Tour title since winning the Deutsche Bank Championship in 2010, and his third overall. In hot pursuit of Hoffman is reigning US Open champion Webb Simpson on nine under, after the 27-year-old carded the day&aposs lowest round – a bogey-free six-under 65. Kevin Streelman is next in on eight under, while Northern Ireland&aposs Graeme McDowell and Zimbabwe&aposs Brendon de Jonge are well poised in a tie for fourth, one shot further back. American Jerry Kelly capitalised on moving day with a five-under 66 to take him within five of leader Hoffman, and the 46-year-old is level with seven others on six-under overall. South Africa&aposs Tim Clark, Camilo Villegas of Colombia and Americans Justin Hicks and Billy Horschel all shot three-under rounds to be level with Kelly just inside the top 10. England&aposs Luke Donald had an off day by his lofty standards, with the world number six only managing an even-par 71 to be tied for 14th – six shots behind Hoffman. Australia&aposs Stuart Appleby paced the Australian contingent – level with Donald on five under – while fresh from a top-5 appearance at the Masters, Marc Leishman is tied for 20th on four under. Matt Jones is three under, while Masters third-placegetter Jason Day is two under overall, level with Aaron Baddeley.