Following back-to-back 5-under 65s, Sweden’s David Lingmerth carded a third-round 3-over 73 but was still able to maintain sole possession of the lead at the Quicken Loans National. At 7-under 203, he’ll enter the final round with a one-stroke lead over Daniel Summerhays.
Lingmerth is seeking his second victory (having won the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide in 2015) in his 119th PGA TOUR start.
Lingmerth is hoping to record the PGA TOUR’s second-consecutive wire-to-wire win, with Jordan Spieth doing so last week at the Travelers Championship. The last time the TOUR had back-to-back wire-to-wire winners was in 2014 at the FedEx St. Jude Classic (Ben Crane) and U.S. Open (Martin Kaymer). The Quicken Loans National has never had a wire-to-wire victor.
This marks the second time Lingmerth has held the 54-hole lead/co-lead. He entered the final round of THE PLAYERS Championship in 2013 in a tie with Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia before a final-round even-par 72 left him T2 and two behind Woods.
Lingmerth is seeking to join England’s Justin Rose (2010, 2014) and South Korea’s K.J. Choi (2007) as international players to win the Quicken Loans National.
Daniel Summerhays has rounds of 66-68-70 this week and will enter the final round in second place, just one stroke behind leader David Lingmerth. This marks the second time in six starts at the Quicken Loans National that he has opened with three par-or-better rounds.
Spencer Levin’s 65 Saturday (the low round of the day), which moved him from T23 to solo third, is his lowest round on the PGA TOUR since a second-round 64 at the 2015 CIMB Classic (finished T17). Levin is in search of his first victory in 233 PGA TOUR starts.
Jeff Ogilvy entered the third round trailing David Lingmerth by two strokes but lost ground with a 4-over 74. The eight-time PGA TOUR winner is in search of his first win since the 2014 Barracuda Championship. In 18 starts this season.
Quicken Loans player ambassador Rickie Fowler, at No. 9 in the Official World Golf Ranking the highest-ranked player in the field, bounced back from a 2-over 72 Friday with a third-round 2-under 68 to move to T18. Saturday’s 68 snapped a streak of four consecutive rounds in the 70s at the Quicken Loans National.
The Quicken Loans National is once again part of The Open Qualifying Series, where the leading four players among the top 12 and ties, not otherwise exempt, earn positions in the field at the 146th Open Championship
3rd Round Leaderboard
David Lingmerth 65-65-73—203 (-7)
Daniel Summerhays 66-68-70—204 (-6)
Spencer Levin 70-70-65—205 (-5)
Curtis Luck 68-71-67—206 (-4)
Sung Kang 66-69-71—206 (-4)
Geoff Ogilvy 67-65-74—206 (-4)