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Donald cards 66, leads by 2 at RBC Heritage

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After rain suspended play Friday, the RBC Heritage is back on schedule following a long day at Harbour Town for much of the field. Here's how things look after three rounds, where Luke Donald now holds a two-shot lead:

Leaderboard: Luke Donald (-8), John Huh (-6), Charl Schwartzel (-5), Nicholas Thompson (-5), Jim Furyk (-5), Ben Martin (-5), Matt Kuchar (-4)

What it means: Donald completed his second round before the rains came Friday, so he was fresh to begin Round 3. Thompson held the lead for much of the afternoon following a hot start, but as he faded Donald found his groove with a flurry of back-nine birdies. As a result, he's now in position to finally win at Harbour Town after a series of close calls since 2009.

Round of the day: Donald began the day three shots back and got off to a hot start with an eagle at No. 2, but then fell off the pace with three bogeys across his next five holes. The Englishman bounced back with a birdie on No. 8, and added four more circles on his inward half. It all added up to a 5-under 66, good enough to tie him for low round of the day and move to the top of the overall standings.

Best of the rest: Harbour Town doesn’t often reward big hitters, but Jason Kokrak powered his way to a 5-under 66 in the third round to match Donald's score. Kokrak failed to drop a shot while recording five birdies, including one on the difficult par-4 18th. He hit 16 of 18 greens in regulation and after beginning the round in a tie for 50th, Kokrak will tee off Sunday tied for 12th at 3 under.

Biggest disappointment: K.J. Choi held the overnight lead and shared it with Furyk and Martin once second-round play was completed. Choi birdied No. 2 but struggled to get anything going after that, with back-to-back bogeys on holes 6-7 and a double bogey on No. 12. He finished with a 3-over 74, and after being near the top of the leaderboard to begin the day, he'll start the final round six shots behind Donald.

Main storyline heading into Sunday: Donald has done everything but win at this event, with four top-three finishes in the last five years, including a playoff loss in 2011. He now has the inside track to don the elusive tartan jacket and win on the PGA Tour for the first time since March 2012, but the chase pack includes a pair of former major winners in Schwartzel and Furyk as well as Kuchar, who appears in position for his fourth straight top-10 finish.

Quote of the day: "I felt really comfortable out there today. Just felt like I was going to play well, and obviously I did." - Donald