Four lead but PGA's RBC Heritage wide open

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RBC Heritage Golf

Tyrrell Hatton is one of four co-leaders after three rounds of the PGA Tour event at Hilton Head

The PGA Tour's return to competition has brought together the strongest fields of the year on courses that have not been overly punishing, and the result is the same.

It's another free-for-all at the RBC Heritage.

Tyrrell Hatton carded one of six rounds of 63 at Harbour Town Golf Links on Saturday, giving the 28-year-old from England a share of the lead as he aims for his second victory in a row - albeit three months apart because of the shutdown from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Webb Simpson practically had to apologise for a three-under 68, in which he managed just one birdie on the back nine to be one of four co-leaders after three rounds.

Abraham Ancer had a 65 and Ryan Palmer a 66 to round out the quartet at the top of the leaderboard at 15-under 198.

Even with Jordan Spieth and Xander Schauffele sputtering to 75s, the field was 223-under par, the lowest for any round since the RBC Heritage began in 1969.

There were 35 players at 10 under or better after 54 holes, compared with only one player (Dustin Johnson) a year ago.

Most telling were the opportunities on Sunday.

There were 21 players separated by just three shots going into the final round.

"I think the fields have been extremely strong," Ancer said.

"Everybody out here was just eager to come out and play.

"The greens are a little bit soft, especially this week, and the ball isn't really rolling out as much as you're used to on the greens and on the fairways.

"That's yielding a little bit more birdies, for sure."

Carlos Ortiz, who started this tournament with two double bogeys in his first five holes, has a chance to grab his first PGA Tour victory after two eagles in a round of 63 - the score he shared with last week's Colonial winner Daniel Berger and Joel Dahmen as the trio sit a shot off the lead and tied for fifth.

Chile's Joaquin Niemann (63) and Sergio Garcia (65) are among eight players in a share of eighth at 13-under-par.

World No.1 Rory McIlroy is at 10-under and tied for 28th while Australian Matt Jones is a shot further back after both shot 66 on moving day.