Reed takes 2-shot lead at Congressional
Bethesda, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - Patrick Reed carded an even-par 71 on Saturday and that helped him grab a 2-stroke lead after three rounds of the Quicken Loans National.
Reed, a two-time winner this season on the PGA Tour, ended 54 holes at 6- under-par 207. He will go for his fourth tour win on Sunday.
Seung-Yul Noh fired a 5-under 66 to soar into a share of second place at minus-4. Noh, who had the low round of the day by two strokes, was joined in second place by Freddie Jacobson (71) and Marc Leishman (73).
Justin Rose, who won this tournament in 2010 at Aronimink Golf Club, posted an even-par 71 in round three at Congressional Country Club. He was joined in fifth place at 3-under 210 by Brendon de Jonge (71), Richard H. Lee (68), Ben Martin (70), Shawn Stefani (68) and Hudson Swafford (73).
Defending champion Bill Haas (71) is tied for 11th place at 2-under 211.
Reed shared the lead entering the third round with Leishman, Oliver Goss and Ricky Barnes. Leishman and Goss both bogeyed the second to fall out of a share of the lead.
Barnes tripped to a bogey on No. 3 and suddenly Reed was alone in the lead. After Jacobson rallied to join Reed atop the leaderboard, Reed kicked in a short birdie putt on the fourth and followed with an 11-foot birdie effort on the fifth to move to 8-under.
Jacobson birdied the sixth and eighth to move to 8-under, where Reed handed him the lead as he stumbled to bogeys on the seventh and eighth.
Around the turn, Jacobson bogeyed 10 and 13, while faltering to a double-bogey on the 11th.
Reed parred the first three holes of the back nine and was alone in the lead at that point. He missed the green at the par-3 13th and that led to a bogey, which dropped him into a share of the lead with Jacobson as he got one shot back with a birdie on the 14th.
After a pair of pars, Reed stuffed his third shot at the par-5 16th within two feet and he kicked that in for birdie. That put him one clear of Leishman, and Reed parred the last two to end at minus-6.
"Yeah, seems like earlier this year, when I got off to a fast start and took care of mistakes and when I got off to a slow start, I started pressing," Reed said. "I just stuck to my game plan, played a little conservative. Mainly don't think ahead and I just focus on what I'm doing and right now, getting good speeds on the green and focus on the first tee shot and just take it from there."
Leishman had eight pars and a bogey on the front nine. He dropped another stroke on the 10th, but a birdie on the 14th briefly gave him a piece of the lead. The Australian bogeyed the 17th to end two back.
"Drive it in the fairway. If you're playing from the rough, it's a long, tough golf course. There are some birdie chances out there, if you can keep it in the fairway," stated Leishman.
Jacobson got back within one when he birdied the 14th, then Reed made bogey and the pair was tied for the lead. Jacobson dropped another shot on 16 to fall into a share of second.
Noh had four birdies over the first nine holes. Around the turn, a bogey on the 11th left him at minus-2. The Zurich Classic of New Orleans winner birdied the 16th and 17th to finish at 4-under.
NOTES: Reed has the 54-hole lead for the fourth time in his PGA Tour career ... He was won each of the previous three times he was in this position ... Peter Hanson had a hole-in-one on the par-3 second ... The top four players, not previously eligible, that finish among the top 12 (and ties) this week and next week at The Greenbrier Classic will earn entry into The Open Championship.
06/28 20:07:21 ET