Third-Round Notes – Saturday, July 1, 2017

Weather: Partly cloudy with a high of 91. SSW wind at 10-18 mph.
Play was suspended due to a dangerous weather situation at 2:57 p.m., with 36 players left on the golf course. Play resumed at 4:28 p.m. (for an overall delay of one hour and 31 minutes).
Third-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)
The only tournament this season with a single-digit, under-par winning score was the Masters (9-under 283), with Sergio Garcia eventually defeating Justin Rose in a playoff.
The last tournament on the PGA TOUR with a single-digit, under-par winning score was THE NORTHERN TRUST in 2016, won by Patrick Reed (9-under 275).
David Lingmerth
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. A win Sunday would come at the age of 29 years, 11 months and 10 days.
Lingmerth overcame a three-stroke deficit beginning the final round at the Memorial in 2015, with a 3-under 69 proving strong enough to force sudden death and an eventual victory over Justin Rose. Lingmerth made a 10’ 6” par save at the 72nd hole to force extra holes, then sank a six-foot par putt on the third extra hole (No. 10) to claim his first career PGA TOUR title in his 68th start at the age of 27 years, 10 months and 16 days.
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.
Lingmerth has mixed results in three previous starts at the Quicken Loans National, shooting four rounds in the 60s to finish third in 2015, missing the cut in 2014 and posting a T54 in 2013.
In 2012, Lingmerth won the Tour’s Neediest Kids Championship at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm with rounds of 66-66-74-66—272 (-8) for a one-stroke win over Casey Wittenberg, locing up his TOUR card for the following season.
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.
Lingmerth, who has advanced to the FedExCup Playoffs in three of the past four years, began the week at No. 105 in the FedExCup standings. With a win Sunday, he is projected to move to No. 30 in the standings.
Lingmerth paired with Alex Noren to help Sweden record a T5 finish at the ISPS HANDA World Cup in Australia late last year. He has not posted a top-10 finish in an official PGA TOUR event since a T7 at last year’s World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone in Akron, Ohio. His best result in 17 starts this season is T12 at the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational.
Additional highlights this week: Lingmerth’s130 total through 36 holes tied the tournament record set by Tiger Woods in 2009…Two-stroke lead through two rounds matched the largest 36-hole lead at the Quicken Loans National, held by K.J. Choi (2011) and Hunter Mahan (2012).
Lingmerth’s Strokes Gained Stats
Strokes Gained Stat                  Rank
Off the Tee:                   2.165                22
Tee to Green:                8.357                4
Approach the Green:      2.350                28
Around the Green:          3.843                7
Putting:                         3.671                12
Total:                            12.030              1
Third-Round Lead Notes
Last year, eventual champion Billy Hurley III carried a two-stroke lead into the final round over Ernie Els. His 15-under 198 total topped the previous Quicken Loans National record for best 54-hole score (199), set by Troy Merritt and Kevin Chappell in 2015.
Billy Hurley III (2016), Troy Merritt (2015), Bill Haas (2013), Nick Watney (2011), Justin Rose (2010) and Tiger Woods (2009) have converted the 54-hole lead/co-lead on to victory at the Quicken Loans National.
So far this season, 11 of 32 third-round leaders/co-leaders have converted 54-hole leads for victory, most recently Jordan Spieth at the Travelers Championship.
The largest 54-hole lead at the Quicken Loans National is four shots by Justin Rose in 2010.  The largest come-from-behind win at the Quicken Loans National is three shots (Justin Rose/2014, Anthony Kim/2008).
Daniel Summerhays
Utah’s Daniel Summerhays owns 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. Last year Summerhays posted rounds of 70-69-70-71 to finish T21. In five previous starts, he has missed the cut (2013 and 2015) or finished in the top 30 (2012, 2014, 2016).
Summerhays, 33, is seeking his first PGA TOUR victory in his 189th start this week. His best TOUR finishes are a pair of T2s; 2013 Sanderson Farms Championship, 2014 Valero Texas Open.
Should he go on to victory, Summerhays would become the third player to make the Quicken Loans National his first PGA TOUR title and the third consecutive player to do so (Billy Hurley III/2016, Troy Merritt/2015).
In 22 starts this season, Summerhays’ lone top 10 came at the Memorial Tournament where he was the 54-hole leader before firing a final-round 78 to finish T10. Since joining the TOUR in 2011, he has finished inside the top 100 in FedExCup standings each season, with the exception of his rookie year. He is currently No. 139 in the standings.
Before embarking on life as a golf professional, Summerhays spent two years on a mission for the Mormon church in Chile and became fluent in Spanish.
As an amateur on the Tour, Summerhays won the 2007 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational at the Ohio State University’s Scarlett course.
Additional Player Notes
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, with a playoff loss at the 2011 OHL Classic at Mayakoba marking the best of his 16 top-10 finishes. Currently No. 176 in the FedExCup standings, Levin is hoping to advance to the FedExCup Playoffs for the sixth time in his last seven seasons on the PGA TOUR.
Having made the cut for the first time in three starts at the Quicken Loans National, Sung Kang posted a 1-over 71 Saturday to move to T4 with just 18 holes to play. Currently No. 37 in the FedExCup standings, Kang finished runner-up at this year’s Shell Houston Open for his best outing in 102 prior PGA TOUR starts.
2014 Australian Amateur and 2016 U.S. Amateur champion Curtis Luck carded a 3-under 67 Saturday to move to T4. As a non-member on the PGA TOUR, the 20-year-old Luck needs to match or surpass the points earned by the player at No. 150 in last season’s FedExCup standings (319 by Greg Owen) to become eligible for Special Temporary Membership to the PGA TOUR. Currently with 28 non-member points, Luck needs a runner-up finish this week to reach that milestone. Notable starts for Luck this season include being disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard following the second round in his PGA TOUR debut at the 2017 Arnold Palmer Invitational, a T46 at the Masters Tournament and a missed cut in his professional debut at the 2017 Valero Texas Open.
Geoff Ogilvy, who just turned 40 on June 11, 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, Ogilvy has 10 made cuts and four top-25s including a top-10 at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in the fall (T4). He is currently using his one-time exemption from the top 50 in career money and sits at No. 119 in the FedExCup standings. The last player to win while taking a career-money exemption was Stuart Appleby at the 2010 Greenbrier Classic.
Kyle Stanley carded a second-consecutive 3-under 67 to move to T7 as he seeks his fourth top 10 in his last nine TOUR starts (T8-Shell Houston Open, T4-THE PLAYERS Championship, T6-the Memorial Tournament). Stanley is currently No. 38 in the FedExCup standings as he seeks his first-ever trip to the TOUR Championship. The former Clemson Tiger barely missed out on the Playoff Finale in 2011 (No. 34 in the FedExCup) and 2012 (No. 31).
Keegan Bradley holed out for eagle on the par-4 18th hole with a pitching wedge from 144 yards. His even-par 70 placed him T12 entering the final round, six shots behind Lingmerth. Currently No. 45 in the FedExCup standings, Bradley is in search of back-to-back top 10s on the PGA TOUR, having finished T8 at the Travelers Championship.
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.
2013 Quicken Loans National champion Bill Haas carded a 1-over 71 Saturday and will begin the final round T18 and seven strokes behind Lingmerth. Haas has finished inside the top 4 in three of his last four starts at the event (1-2013, T30-2014, T4-2015, T3-2016). He is seeking to join Justin Rose (2010, 2014) and Tiger Woods (2009, 2012) as the only multiple winners of the tournament.
In his first time defending a title and having made the cut on the number this week, 2016 Quicken Loans National champion Billy Hurley III enters the final round T60 after rounds of 73-71-72.
Miscellaneous Notes
Past Quicken Loans National champions in the field through 54 holes: Bill Haas/2013 (T18), Nick Watney/2011 (T40), Billy Hurley III/2016 (T60), Troy Merritt/2015 (MC) and K.J. Choi/2007 (MC).
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.
Two golfers will be chosen to go head-to-head in this week’s MetLife MatchUp following the Quicken Loans National. The MetLife MatchUp is a season-long competition recognizing the players who best navigate challenging situations throughout the PGA TOUR season. The players shots will be highlighted on where fans can vote for their favorite shot and help decide which player will be eligible for the final vote (August 7-16), in which 10 golfers will have the chance to win the $1 million prize. The first six golfers that have qualified for the final vote include: Luke Donald (RBC Heritage), Cameron Smith (Valero Texas Open), Phil Mickelson (Wells Fargo Championship), Jason Day (AT&T Byron Nelson), Kevin Kisner (DEAN & DELUCA Invitational) and Daniel Berger (FedEx St. Jude Classic). The four remaining events include the Quicken Loans National, The Greenbrier Classic, John Deere Classic and RBC Canadian Open.
TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm’s most difficult hole in the third round was the par-4 11th, yielding an average of 4.486. The easiest hole was the par-4 14th hole, averaging 3.716.
Bogey-free rounds:
R1: Troy Merritt (66), Marc Leishman (66), Russell Henley (67), Jason Gore (69).
R2: David Lingmerth (65).
R3: Patrick Rodgers (66).
Scoring Averages at the par-70 TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm:
            Front 9             Back 9              Total                Cumulative
R1:       35.932              35.271              71.203              —
R2:       36.388              35.966              72.353              71.778
R3:       35.797              35.676              71.473              71.701