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Will Zalatoris pictured in 2018. [AP Photo/Julio Cortez]
Will Zalatoris pictured in 2018. [AP Photo/Julio Cortez]

Zalatoris tops leaderboard at Korn Ferry Challenge

Will Zalatoris birdied two of his final three holes Saturday to break through a crowded leaderboard and cement a one-shot advantage heading into the final round of the Korn Ferry Challenge at TPC Sawgrass.

But 10 other players trail by three strokes or less on the Dye’s Valley Course, including Joseph Bramlett, whose 64 netted him the low round of the day and a tie for second alongside Luke List, Chase Wright and Lee Hodges at 9-under 201.

Colonial spectators in bushes and temporary tents off course

Max Butcher and his buddies felt as if they had front-row seats at Colonial, even in the bushes with no spectators allowed on the course.

The group of five recent graduates from nearby TCU stood in a small gap between a row of shrubbery and a chain-link fence Saturday. They had a view of the fourth and fifth holes during the third round of the PGA Tour's first tournament in three months.

“This is as good as it gets right now, and I can’t complain,” said Butcher, who has been in that spot multiple days this week.

They had to push through gaps in the bushes to get to there but Jack Kurz, who stood next to Butcher, said the close-up view made it “almost better than getting a ticket."

There were no tickets for anyone, not even for Colonial members. The PGA Tour isn't allowing spectators the first month back after the long hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some of those members did have obstructed views from one of three temporary viewing areas set up in the yards of homes on the edge of the course. One was along the main road that leads to the clubhouse, and two others were near the 15th and 16th holes.

Hilton Head field stacked with winners, but no Tiger Woods

The field for the RBC Heritage next week includes 114 players who have won on the PGA Tour, the most of any event since the tour began keeping track in 2000.

It just doesn't have Tiger Woods.

For the second straight week, the top five in the world will be competing as golf resumes its schedule from the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown that began in March.

The Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial was the first event back, with protocols that included mandatory testing for players, caddies and essential personnel when they arrive. All 487 tests were negative.

Rory McIlroy, the world's No. 1 player, will be at Hilton Head for the first time since 2009. Brooks Koepka will be playing for the first time.

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