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Heritage Notebook: Rankings talk not Furyk's game

Count Jim Furyk as one OK avoiding all the talk this week of the Official World Golf Ranking.

Furyk, who won three times in 2010 and was the PGA Tour Player of the Year, was asked Saturday if he should be included in the conversation as one of the world's top players.

"I'll be as simple and blunt and honest as I can be," Furyk said. "I don't care."

Furyk, having been No. 2 for more than a year behind Tiger Woods, said he didn't care for all the attention he received and the questions that came with the spot. The 40-year-old, currently No. 13 in the world, said it would be nice to achieve the No. 1 ranking to say he had done it.

But little else about the rankings appeals to him.

Furyk said he has never had to worry about the rankings from the standpoint of being eligible for the PGA Tour. And he thought his previous status as world No. 2 was a non-issue, because of how far ahead Woods was in the ranking system.

Luke Donald, leading the Heritage entering today's final round, can move to No. 1 with a win. Lee Westwood would become No. 1 if he wins the Indonesian Masters and Donald finishes second or worse.

"From Luke's perspective, I get it, because it would be cool to be ranked No. 1," Furyk said. "And I understand why you all talk about it. But I think ... they're more for the fans and the excitement and enjoyment."

DOUBLE TROUBLE

Luke Donald said the way he rebounded from the day's biggest hiccup kept him in the lead -- and he was right. He followed a double bogey on the par-5 second hole with back-to-back pars and then a birdie. He finished the day at 11-under par for the tournament, giving him a one-shot lead over defending champion Jim Furyk.

"I dug deep, made some good birdies" Donald said. "... I was pleased with bringing it back after that slow start."

A couple other contenders weren't quite so fortunate.

Camilo Villegas started Saturday's third round only two shots back of the lead, but a double bogey on No. 4 sent his round spiraling downward. He shot at 3-over 74 to fall out of serious contention.

Garrett Willis, the first-round leader, began one shot behind Donald on Saturday, but he also double-bogeyed the fourth hole and couldn't recover. He shot 3-over par, and is in a tie for 12th place entering today's final round.

FALDO GOES PLAID

CBS commentator and former Heritage champion Nick Faldo donned a plaid cap during the introduction to CBS' weekend coverage of the 43rd annual Heritage. Faldo said he was supporting the Heritage's search for a title sponsor.

CBS also replayed highlights of Faldo's Heritage victory in 1984, his first PGA Tour win. They also showed highlights from the opening ceremonies in 1985, including video of the annual cannot shot, startling Faldo, who jumped when he heard the booming sound.

TRAHAN BOGEY-FREE NO MORE

After playing the first two rounds without a bogey -- the only player in the field to do so -- former Hilton Head Island resident D.J. Trahan made seven bogeys Saturday.

Luckily for Trahan, his slide down the leaderboard wasn't as drastic as it might have been, thanks to eagles on the par-5 fifth and 15th holes. He shot 73 and finished the round tied for 24th at 4-under par.

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