Jordan Spieth reacts after missing a birdie putt on the eighth green during the third round of the RBC Heritage golf tournament in Hilton Head Island, S.C., Saturday, April 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)
Stephen B. Morton
April 18, 2015

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) Troy Merritt shot a 2-under 69 on Saturday to take a three-stroke lead into the final round of the RBC Heritage, while defending champion Matt Kuchar and Masters winner Jordan Spieth stayed within reach.

A day after tying the course record with a 61 to build a four-stroke advantage at Harbour Town, Merritt had four birdies and a double bogey to reach 14-under 199.

Kuchar, Brendon Todd and Kevin Kisner were tied for second.

Todd made the big move with a 63, the day's lowest round. Kisner shot 67, and Kuchar 68.

Jim Furyk led a group another stroke behind after a 68, with Spieth five shots back, also following a 68. Spieth believes he can shoot even lower Sunday to chase a second straight jacket, this one tartan.

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