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7 pictures that summarize round three at the RBC Heritage

By Luke Kerr-Dineen

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- After biblical rain on Friday, the heavens held-over on Saturday at the RBC Heritage. Play started at 8 a.m., and the decent weather allowed the 65 players left on the course to finish their second rounds and all of the players to finish their third rounds. "They've done well considering the conditions," Charl Schwartzel said. "The golf course has held up really well...and I'm looking forward to a good Sunday."

On the golf course, Luke Donald and his majestic follow-through jumped into the 54-hole lead on moving day. An eagle on the par-5 second helped Donald to a five-under 66 on Saturday, leaving him two-shots clear of nearest-chaser John Huh. "The last eight months have been a little bit of a transition period for me," Donald said, "but I'm starting to feel really comfortable with my game."

The Thompson family continued their crusade through the golf world on Saturday. Lexi's brother Nicholas played his way into T-3 after a three-under 68, joining a crowded group three shots back. "It's going to be an exciting day tomorrow," Thompson said. "As long as we don't have to play 18, 18 times."

Here the two Thompson's are at the 2008 U.S. Women's Open plotting their impending takeover.

In non-professional news, Matt Fitzpatrick continued being a boss at Harbour Town. The amateur shot a bogey-free 69 on Saturday, leaving him just six shots off the lead. He may not be hitting as many greens as some of those in the field, but when you're gaining more than one and a half strokes on the field putting like he is this week, it doesn't really matter.

We went hunting at the RBC Heritage for any putting tips from the pros. What did we find? Well, before their round, none of the pros we watched spent any significant time hitting long putts. It was all about drilling home the short ones. Take note, amateurs everywhere.

Tim Herron showed John Daly who was boss on Friday. While Daly missed the cut, Herron employed a modified claw putting grip while practicing before his round that featured a cigarette between his index and middle finger. He's even after 54-holes, leaving him T-34.

Can you tell where Jonathan Byrd went to school? The Clemson grad totally played to the South Carolina crowd on Saturday, dressing basically like the school's mascot en-route to a third-round 73, leaving him in T-62 after three days.