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Donald closes strongly for third round lead at Heritage

(Reuters) - Former world number one Luke Donald, back in form after revamping his swing, closed strongly to earn a two-stroke lead after the third round at the $5.8 million RBC Heritage in South Carolina on Saturday. Donald, who has a dazzling record of consistency at the post-Masters event, birdied the par-three 17th and had a tap-in par at the last to card an impressive five-under-par 66.

Golf: England's Donald takes two-stroke Heritage lead

England's Luke Donald fired a five-under par 66 to take a two-shot lead on Saturday after three rounds of the US PGA Tour's Heritage. Donald went into the round with a share of fourth place behind the leading trio of K.J. Choi, Jim Furyk and Ben Martin, who topped the leaderboard after the storm-disrupted second round was completed on Saturday morning. Donald, who has two runner-up finishes and two third-place finishes in his past five starts in the $5.8 million event, had an eight-under total of 205 going into Sunday's final round.

Americans Furyk and Martin join Choi in Heritage lead

(Reuters) - Americans Jim Furyk and Ben Martin joined South Korean K.J. Choi in the lead when the second round of the $5.8 million RBC Heritage was completed on Saturday. Furyk and Martin, among half the field unable to finish the round on Friday before bad weather struck, took advantage of favorable scoring conditions at Harbour Town on Hilton Head Island. With the course softened by torrential rain Friday and overnight and with the wind down, 2010 champion Furyk carded a bogey-free five-under-par 66, while Martin shot a 68.

Golf: Furyk, Martin match Choi for PGA Heritage lead

Americans Jim Furyk and Ben Martin matched South Korea's K.J. Choi for the lead on Saturday after the conclusion of the storm-halted second round of the $5.8 million US PGA Heritage tournament. Furyk, the 2003 US Open champion, and Martin, whose career-best PGA finish of third came earlier this year at Puerto Rico, were among 65 players forced to finish their second rounds on Saturday after heavy rain halted play Friday afternoon.

Golf: PGA Heritage scores

Scores after Saturday's completion of the storm-halted second round of the $5.8 million US PGA Tour's Heritage (par 71, USA unless noted): 137 - K.J. Choi (KOR) 70-67, Jim Furyk 71-66, Ben Martin 69-68 139 - Scott Langley 66-73, Luke Donald (ENG) 70-69, Billy Hurley 70-69, Scott Brown 70-69, John Huh 71-68, Ted Potter 70-69, Matt Kuchar 66-73, Chesson Hadley 72-67, Matt Every 69-70, Bo Van Pelt 69-70, Richard Lee 70-69

Golf: Westwood wilts but maintains lead in Malaysia

Lee Westwood survived high temperatures and fierce competition from compatriot Andy Sullivan to cling onto the lead in the Malaysian Open on Saturday by a single-stroke. The Englishman, who boasts an impressive 12 career wins in Asia, started the day strongly but bogeyed his final hole in third-round play, allowing Sullivan to close in from six strokes behind overnight. Coming off a seventh place finish at last week's Masters in the United States, Westwood was clearly feeling the effects of the scorching temperatures at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.

Golf: Masters contender Kuchar shares PGA Heritage lead

Matt Kuchar carried on his good form from the Masters to fire a five-under par 66 for a share of the first-round lead at the $5.8 million US PGA Heritage on Thursday. Fellow Americans Scott Langley and William McGirt, each seeking a first tour triumph, were level with Kuchar after 18 holes at Harbour Town, two shots ahead of Harris English. Jordan Spieth, the 20-year-old talent who shared second-place honors at Augusta National last week, was in a pack of 15 players on 69.

Golf: Westwood roars back after slow start in Malaysia

Lee Westwood fired eight birdies to surge to the first-round lead of the Malaysian Open on Thursday with a seven-under par 65, staying sharp after a solid performance at last week's Masters. Big-hitting Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium was just a stroke back on 66 after matching the Englishman's birdie count but falling short due to a pair of bogeys on day one at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club. Westwood, who managed a seventh-place finish at the Masters on Sunday, stumbled out of the blocks in Malaysia with a bogey on his first hole of the day.

Golf: Watson outduels Spieth for second Masters title

Big-driving Bubba Watson captured his second Masters title in three years on Sunday, pulling away from Jordan Spieth on the back nine for a three-stroke victory at Augusta National. The 35-year-old American fired a three-under par 69 Sunday to finish 72 holes on eight-under 280 and take his second major title, the top prize of $1.62 million from a record $9 million purse and another green jacket. "I never loved green so much," Watson said. "After giving away that jacket last year, I wanted it back."

Emotional Watson lands a second Masters title

By Mark Lamport-Stokes AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) - Bubba Watson withstood an inspired early challenge from playing partner Jordan Spieth to clinch the Masters for a second time in three years with a three-shot victory at Augusta National on Sunday. Trailing the prodigiously talented Spieth by two strokes after seven holes, the left-handed Watson took advantage of a faltering run by his fellow American around the turn as he upped his own game, then maintained control on the back nine.
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