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PGA TOUR: Driver problems send Landry to 73

Uncharacteristic wildness off the tee shot down a promising start to the third round of the RBC Heritage Saturday and sent Andrew Landry sliding down the leaderboard into a tie for 52nd.

Landry was two-under through eight holes and four under for the tournament when an errant drive led to a triple-bogey 7 on the 18th hole (his ninth of the day). After that the Port Neches-Groves ex spent most of a windy day scrambling before signing off on a two-over par 73 that left him at even par 213.

Dustin Johnson shot a 68 to grab the outright lead at 203. Three players — Ian Poulter, Rory Sabbatini and Shane Lowry — are one stroke back and five more are two shots off the lead.

Landry came out smoking with birdies from 11 feet on the par-4 10th and from 16-2 on the par-4 12th. He then reeled off five consecutive pars and was tied for 23rd when disaster struck at 18.

He would make two birdies on the front, but offset them with three bogeys. He had another penalty shot after hitting his tee shot in the water on the par-4 third and struggled to keep the ball in play.

One of the PGA Tour’s most accurate drivers, Landry managed to hit only six of 14 fairways. The 73 was just the second time he’s been over par in his last seven rounds at Harbour Town Golf Links.