Luke Donald is a round away from owning golf's No. 1 ranking after a 1-under 70 on Saturday left him one stroke in front of defending champion Jim Furyk through three rounds of The Heritage.
Donald overcame a double bogey and bogey on the front nine to catch Furyk with a birdie on the 16th hole. The Englishman finished 11-under 202.
Furyk held the lead for much of his back nine at Harbour Town Golf Links, but made bogey on the closing lighthouse hole for a 69 to drop back.
Brendan de Jonge (66) and Scott Verplank (67) are two shots behind at 9 under. Masters runner-up Jason Day (71), Ricky Barnes (67) and Tommy Gainey (67) are a stroke further back at 8 under.
Donald is third in the world behind top-rated Martin Kaymer and No. 2 Lee Westwood. Donald would claim the top spot with a victory at Harbour Town no matter how countryman Westwood fares at the Indonesian Masters.
Kaymer is not playing this week.
"I think I have an opportunity to go out there and win and if I do, I know what happens," Donald said.
He has finished second and third here the past two years, yet it appeared the talk of No. 1 may have finally gotten to him on the second hole. Donald put his approach shot to the par-5 hole out of bounds left, leading to a double bogey and giving up the lead.
But Donald, who won the Match Play Championship, called on the steady, focused style that made him one of the world's best to move back to the top with birdies at No. 5 and No. 7.
Donald put his approach on the 16th hole to 3 feet for his final birdie to reach 11 under.
Furyk had his chance to hold on to a share of the lead, but sent his second shot on the 18th hole into a bunker behind the green, and could not make the 16-footer for par after blasting out.
Furyk and Donald will be paired in today's final group (3 p.m., Ch. 4) for what sets up as a fabulous finish in what might be the final Heritage. A PGA Tour fixture since 1969, the tournament is without a title sponsor, which tour and event leaders say is essential for returning in 2012.
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* Wayne Levi and Keith Fergus shot a 12-under 60 in better-ball play Saturday for a share of the second-round lead with Peter Senior and Sandy Lyle at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf.
Senior and Lyle combined for a 61 that left them even with Levi and Fergus at 20-under 124 in the Champions Tour event at The Club at Savannah Harbor. Today's final round airs on Channel 4 at 1 p.m.
Kenny Perry and Scott Hoch shot a 62 and were a stroke behind in a tie with first-round co-leaders Tom Kite and Gil Morgan, who had a 63.
* Lee Westwood took a five-stroke lead after the third round of the Indonesian Masters on Saturday, shooting a second straight 6-under 66 despite a bogey on the last hole.
Westwood can reclaim the No. 1 ranking from Kaymer with a victory if Donald fails to win The Heritage.