It may not have been completely the round of golf that Corey Conners of Listowel, Ontario was looking for on Saturday. However, the bottom line is that Conners remains in contention at the 2020 Royal Bank of Canada Heritage Classic in Hilton Head, South Carolina. After 54 holes, Conners is at -13, and two strokes back of the leaders at -15.
There are currently four golfers tied for the lead. They are 2012 U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson of Raleigh, North Carolina, Abraham Ancer of Reynosa, Mexico, Tyrrell Hatton of High Wycombe, England, and Ryan Palmer of Amarillo, Texas. Simpson had the lead after round two as he was all alone at -12.
There are a trio of golfers one stroke back at -14. They are Daniel Berger of Plantation, Florida, Joel Dahmen of Clarkston, Washington, and Carlos Ortiz of Guadalajara, Mexico. Berger won a week ago at the Charles Schwab Classic in Fort Worth, Texas.
Conners meanwhile is in an eight-way tie for eighth place at -13. He is tied with 2017 Masters champion Sergio Garcia of Borriol, Spain, Ian Poulter of Hitchin, England, Joaquin Niemann of Santiago, Chile, Matthew Fitzpatrick of Sheffield, England, Michael Thompson of Tucson, Arizona, Erik van Rooyen of Bellville, South Africa, and Chris Stroud of Groves, Texas.
Meanwhile, there are six golfers still in contention at -12 and tied for 16th. Among the six are two major champions–Dustin Johnson of Columbia, South Carolina, and Brooks Koepka of West Palm Beach, Florida. Johnson won the 2016 U.S. Open. Koepka won the 2017 and 2018 U.S. Open, and the 2018 and 2019 PGA Championship. The other golfers three strokes back are Bryson DeChambeau of Modesto, California, Brice Garnett of Gallatin, Missouri, Andrew Landry of Port Neches, Texas, and Alex Noren of Stockholm, Sweden.
In Conners’ third round of golf at the Royal Bank of Canada Heritage Classic, he shot a two-under-par with five birdies and three bogeys. Conners got off to a strong start as he birdied the first, second, and fifth holes, to move to -14 and a tie for the lead. However, he then bogeyed the eighth and 11th holes, to move back to -12. Conners then birdied the 13th hole, had a tough bogey on the 15th hole (a six on a par-five), and then finished the round with a birdie on the 18th hole.
This is the second straight weekend that Conners is in contention on the PGA Tour. Last week at the Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas, Conners entered the final round at -10, in ninth place, and three strokes back of Xander Schauffele of La Jolla, California. Conners finished the tournament in a tie for 19th place at -9. Berger meanwhile beat Collin Morikawa of Los Angeles, California, in a playoff. Berger was at -15.