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Golf roundup: Carl Pettersson leads RBC Heritage by 1 stroke

Carl Pettersson hits from on the ninth fairway during the third round of the RBC Heritage golf tournament in Hilton Head Island, S.C., Saturday, April 14, 2012.
Carl Pettersson hits from on the ninth fairway during the third round of the RBC Heritage golf tournament in Hilton Head Island, S.C., Saturday, April 14, 2012.
Stephen Morton, Associated Press

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Carl Pettersson birdied five straight holes on the front nine and finished with a birdie on the 18th hole for a 5-under 66 and a one-stroke lead over Colt Knost on Saturday after the third round of the RBC Heritage.

Pettersson held a three-stroke lead through 10 holes, yet was tied with Knost after the 15th. Pettersson moved in front with the round's final putt, an 8-footer for birdie on Harbour Town Golf Links signature closing hole. He had a 12-under 201 total

Knost's roller coaster of a round included an eagle on No. 2 and several missed fairways on the tight holes. Still, he kept close enough with a 69.

Zach Johnson, the 2007 Masters winner, shot a 66 to move to third at 8 under. Two-time RBC Heritage champion Boo Weekley had a 70 and was 7 under. Defending champ Brandt Snedeker (69), Kevin Na (70) and Robert Garrigus (70) were next at 6 under.

World No. 1 Luke Donald failed to make a move toward keeping the top spot, his even-par 71 leaving him at 2 over and tied for 52nd. Donald needs to finish eighth or better to fend off No. 2 Rory McIlroy, who like Masters champion Bubba Watson and most other top players, took the week off.

ENCOMPASS INSURANCE PRO-AM: At Lutz, Fla., Michael Allen shot a 4-under 67 to take a five-stroke lead after the second round of the Champions Tour's Encompass Insurance Pro-Am.

Allen played the front nine in even par, then birdied the par-3 11th and made a 40-foot eagle putt on the par-5 12th. He finished with a birdie on the par-4 18th to reach 9 under at TPC Tampa Bay.

MALAYSIAN OPEN: At Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen had a one-stroke lead with eight holes left when third-round play in the Malaysian Open was suspended because of a thunderstorm.