Second-round leader Bryson DeChambeau had the confident stride of a pending victor with his first solo 36-hole lead as a pro - at least until the third round got going.
Ian Poulter moved one shot off the lead at the RBC Heritage after shooting a seven-under-par 64 in the second round.
A flawless Rory Sabbatini held a twoshot lead right after the very first round of this RBC Heritage in sc on Thursday just hours after having unsure whether he'd be fit to perform with. Two late double-bogeys derailed his round. "I simply tried to simplify what and wasn't even trying to hit on it simply put this get the greens". He posted nine birdies along with a triple-bogey six on the par 3 14th where he was assessed a two-stroke penalty for touching the sand when he scrubbed the fringe of a bunker following a shot.
"I haven't played here in a while, so it's definitely a little bit different being here", Johnson said.
"All things considered, the course is probably as easy as I've ever seen it play", Sabbatini said. He left the following three birdies over his closing stretch, including at his last two holes.
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Kim then birdied the par-5 fifth from three feet and closed on birdie at the ninth, blasting from a greenside bunker off the tee to six feet and making the putt for a 65.
Poulter's success at the Houston Open was his first win in six years and hurtled the 42 year-old back into the world's top 30 after many had written him off as a competitive force when he fell out of the top 200 just 13 months ago. "Around here, you've got to hole some putts if you want to compete, " he said.
"I was just happy to be able to play today", Sabbatini, who is 190th in the world rankings, told Golf Channel.
"I had a really good run", Kim said.
Former champion Brandt Snedeker also carded a 64, as he moved to eight under alongside Luke List, Chesson Hadley and overnight leader Rory Sabbatini.