Poulter hits the front as DeChambeau toils at RBC Heritage

  • Poulter hits the front as DeChambeau toils at RBC Heritage

Poulter hits the front as DeChambeau toils at RBC Heritage

Bryson DeChambeau carries a one-shot lead over Ian Poulter and Si Woo Kim into the third round Saturday.

The talk leading up to the tournament was of the return of Johnson, the SC native who grew up about three hours northwest of here yet had not played in the Palmetto State's lone PGA Tour stop since 2009. Poulter has now shot five sub-70 rounds in his last six appearances around Harbour Town.

Matt Kuchar, Billy Horschel, Chesson Hadley and John Huh shot 66s.

List took off with three straight birdies on Nos. He was tied for 20th. Kraft struck his tee shot and as it sailed toward the green it struck a "giant, black bird" as he described it to PGATour.com's Cameron Morfit, causing his ball to drop down into the water hazard in front of the green.

Much of the field thrived in mild, sunny conditions where even the course's typically hard closing stretch of the 16th, 17th and 18th along windy Calibogue Sound played much tamer than a typical round. Poulter had gone six years without a PGA Tour victory before the Houston Open, but can now win two in the span of three weeks. "I think that made me play more aggressively so I'm very happy with my round".

Sabbatini wasn't sure he'd even tee it up after hurting his back Sunday while working on his stance. Turns out it was all the way to the end. After grabbing a two-shot lead with a birdie on No. 1, DeChambeau imploded with a triple-bogey eight on the normally birdie-able par-5 second. He tied for 38th at last week's U.S. Masters.

After an opening 69 at Harbour Town, Poulter put on a dazzling second-round, bogey-free display.

"This might be the first time I played so well with a triple bogey", Kim said.

Kuchar, playing with Johnson, took advantage of the mild conditions to get himself in early positon for his second tartan winner's jacket. He drained a 52 foot putt on the par-three 14th hole for birdie and posted another birdie on 18 when he sank a seven footer. "You have to be on your game", Poulter said. "To come from last week where getting on the green doesn't mean much, you still have a lot of work to go".