Ireland’s Shane Lowry slipped from the top of the leaderboard after the third round of the RBC Heritage in South Carolina, but he remains very much in the hunt going into the final day.

Lowry had been atop the leaderboard after the first two rounds and led the field on -9 at the start of the day.

The Offaly man improved on that further on the front nine with birdies on the second, fifth and third holes.

However his fortunes changed towards the end of the day’s play as Dustin Johnson starting to apply pressure.

Lowry hit a bogey on the 13th before finding the water with his tee-shot on the par-3 14th. He recovered enough only sign for a bogey there but dropped another shot on the 16th and finished with a level par 71 to leave him on -9.

While that was happening Johnson put together three back-to-back birdies on the 13th, 14th and 15th holes.

The American golfer was unable to sustain that form and dropped shots on his next two holes after that but was still able to sign for a round of 68, leaving him with the sole lead on -10.

Ian Poulter and Rory Sabbatini are alongside Lowry on -9, while Seamus Power in back on -5 after his round of 68.