Donald faced with closing out Harbour Town victory

Final Round Update — PGA Tour – RBC Heritage — Harbour Town Golf Links — Hilton Head Island, South Carolina —

England’s Luke Donald is trying to breakthrough for a victory for the first since 2012 Sunday at the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage.

Donald, who has five Top 3 finishes in his last seven tries at Harbour Town Golf Links, leads the way at 7-under through 54 holes. He plays with Jason Kokrak, looking for his maiden PGA Tour title, at 2 p.m. local time.

The issue for Donald might be trends. Only eight of 21 leaders through 54 holes this season have managed to close out the victory. And, Donald is just 2 of 9 in that statistic historically. But, he has good vibes on his side.

Donald, a 50-to-1 betting pick this week heading into the tournament at

Only 8 of 21 players with 54-hole leads closed out the win this season

Only 8 of 21 players with 54-hole leads closed out the win this season, would cash nicely for his backers. His playing-partner Kokrak (80-1) was also a long shot. But, Donald might have other competition to fend off as a dozen players are within four shots of the lead.

Multi-time PGA Tour winner Charley Hoffman is just a shot back at 6-under. The group at T-5 includes South Africa’s Branden Grace – a winner many times over on the European Tour, Open champion Zach Johnson and former FedEx cup contender Chris Kirk.

At 3-under is former FedEx Cup season-long champ Bill Has, WGC-HSBC Champions PGA TOURwinner Russell Knox and Matt Kuchar, who won this event with a final-round 64 in 2014.

With better weather, look for low scores Sunday. In fact, Morgan Hoffmann is 3-under through five holes early to work his way into a tie for 8th place just four back.

World No. 1 Jason Day tumbled off the leader board Saturday shooting 79. Look for movement again Sunday in the final round up and down for players.

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  • Brooke Henderson (T-10 at 10-under in Hawaii) engineered her 7th Top 10 of the 2016 season. Lexi Thompson and Sei Young Kim also finished with Top 10s at the LOTTE.