Two eagles help Dufner soar to Heritage lead

Jason Dufner of the U.S. hits off the second tee in third round play during the 2017 Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, U.S., April 8, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Jason Dufner of the U.S. hits off the second tee in 1/3 spherical play all the way through the 2017 Masters golf match at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, U.S., April 8, 2017.

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Jason Dufner took good thing about two eagles and a run of three consecutive birdies to take a one-stroke lead over Canadian Graham DeLaet within the RBC Heritage in South Carolina on Saturday.

Dufner, the 2013 PGA Championship winner, amassed eagles on the par-five 2d and fifth holes, then struck for birdies at the 14th through Sixteenth holes for a round of six-underneath 65 at Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island.

He settled down after an uneven entrance nine that featured the two eagles, three bogeys and a birdie to face at Thirteen-underneath 200.

DeLaet, who shared the lead with Luke Donald after Friday’s play, bogeyed the ultimate gap to pass over a chance to tie Dufner.

He shot Sixty Nine for the day, making four birdies and two bogies.

American Citizens Kevin Kisner (Sixty Six) and Webb Simpson (68) were tied for 0.33 at 202, one stroke in front of England’s Ian Poulter (69).

Donald dropped into a tie for sixth at 204 after a one-over par 72.

(Reporting with the aid of Gene Cherry in Salvo, North Carolina; Modifying by way of Toby Davis)

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