Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Ian Poulter takes one-shot lead into final round of RBC Heritage

Ian Poulter takes one-shot lead into final round of RBC Heritage

However, it was a miserable day for overnight leader Bryson DeChambeau, who slipped down the leaderboard to a tie of 20th after a forgettable four-over 75.

DeChambeau's first event as a professional was at Harbour Town Golf Links in 2016.

Englishman Ian Poulter continued his fine form on the PGA Tour by taking a one-shot lead into the final round of the RBC Heritage, BBC report.

DeChambeau, 24, earned his first PGA Tour win at the John Deere Classic last July and was runner-up to Rory McIlroy at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March.

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No joke, Poulter's play is for real.

Poulter made his run in spurts, moving out front with birdies on the fifth and six holes before getting his last two on the 12th and 13th.

Down to his final try to reach Augusta National, Poulter needed a birdie on the 72nd hole to force a playoff with Beau Hossler. Bernhard Langer dropped out on the first extra hole. "So if you ride the waves and you trust yourself and you believe in your ability, then hopefully, it's still in there".

Donald, a five-time runner-up in the tournament, produced a valiant response to his damaging, opening 76 as he clawed his way back to one-over par, but missing a birdie putt from five feet at his final hole cost him the chance to play another 36 holes. He fell back with bogey on No. 12 and could not catch Poulter down the stretch.

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"I think it's going to motivate me to be more aggressive and play well", he said.

Scotland's Marc Warren and Irishman Paul Dunne finished strongly to lead the Spanish Open by one shot ahead of a group of 11 players including local favorite Jon Rahm and Spanish amateur Victor Pastor after the first round on Thursday. After grabbing a two-stroke lead with a birdie on No. 1, DeChambeau imploded with a triple-bogey eight on the normally birdie-able par-5 second.

He closed by saving par on the last despite finding a greenside bunker with his approach to end the day at 10-under 132 at the Harbour Town course on Hilton Head Island, where he began his pro career two years ago.

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