Merritt eyes first PGA Tour Victory


Merritt eyes first PGA Tour Victory


Troy Merritt was pleased with the way he was striking the ball during the first two days of the Quicken Loans National at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainesville, Va., but his struggles with putting prevented him from truly climbing the leaderboard.

On Saturday, however, those problems with the flat stick were fixed, and Merritt shot a 10 under 61 on the day -- a new course record.

Talk about making a move on moving day.

"I hit the ball pretty much like I did the first two days," Merritt said after his round. "The biggest difference was the first two days I missed 11 putts inside of 12 feet. Today they all went right in the hole."

Merritt entered the clubhouse as the tournament's leader at 14 under overall. He put the picturesque conditions of the course that sits on Lake Manassas to good use, and read the greens well from the first hole to the last.

"Just a hint of breeze," he said. "They [the greens] were still soft. Rolled pretty smooth and took advantage of that."

As for his approach for Sunday, where he'll be the hunted as opposed to a hunter, Merritt just wants to continue what he did on Saturday. And if he's able to, there's a strong chance that he'll take home his first career PGA Tour victory.

"Just kind of keep doing what I'm doing," Merritt said, who's currently the 180th ranked player in the world. "The ball strikes have been there all week...The way I rolled it today, I'll be pretty confident on the greens and maybe we can make one or two early to get things going."

Whether that happens or not remains to be seen. One thing that is for certain, though: When people look up the lowest rounds in the history of the QLN, Merritt will be at the top of the list, all alone with his 61.

For someone whose name was only recognizable to the most hardcore of golf fans at the beginning of the week, that's quite an accomplishment.

2017 British Open: Field, Pairings, Tee Times, Live Stream, How To Watch

2017 British Open: Field, Pairings, Tee Times, Live Stream, How To Watch

The 2017 British Open is gearing up for another classic tournament. Hosted at the Royal Birkdale Golf Club for a 10th time, the Open Championship is a must-see for the casual sports fan. 

As the oldest major championship in professional golf, 2017 will be the 146th time The Open takes place.

This competition is one of the few that consistently features the greatest competition in the world. 

Littered with past champions, the 2017 Open Championship will once again be one of the toughest events in golf. Henrik Stenson will be back looking to defend his title, Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickleson are still looking for their first PGA Tour win of the season, and Dustin Johnson looks to continue his stellar year chasing a second major championship.

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What: The 146 Open Championship (British Open) golf tournament
When: Thursday, July 20 - Sunday, July 23, 2017
Where: Royal Birkdale Golf Club
TV Channel: Golf Channel, NBC Universal
Livestream: Golf Channel Digital, NBC Sports Live


Players have until 5:00 p.m. ET on Friday, July 14 to commit to the Open Championship.

The field will be announced by the PGA Tour as soon as possible following the deadline. 


2017 Quicken Loans National: Saturday Tee Times, Pairings, TV Channel

2017 Quicken Loans National: Saturday Tee Times, Pairings, TV Channel

After two rounds at the Quicken Loans National, David Lingmerth continues to sweep through the competition. In back-to-back rounds, the Sweede shot a 65 to maintain the tournament lead at the TPC Potomac through the first two days.

At 10-under par, Lingmerth's stroke lead is only two with Geoff Ogilvy at 8-under who also shot a 65 on Day 2. 

Round 3 of the 2017 Quicken Loans National will start Saturday morning just before 8:00 a.m. ET. The first pairing to be sent out will be Lucas Glover (+4) and Patrick Rodgers (+4).

Lingmerth tees off at 1:35 p.m. with Ogilvy.  

Tournament favorite, Rickie Fowler will tee off at 10:01 after staying at 2-over at TPC Potomac. The cut was made at 4-over Currently he sits tied at 37th in the tournament rankings. 

Coverage of Round 3 can be seen starting at 1:00 p.m. ET on Golf Channel, going to 2:30 p.m. CBS picks up TV coverage at 3:00 and will hold the tournament down until the end of the round or  until 6:00 p.m.

2017 Quicken Loans National Saturday Tee Times/ Pairings

7:55 A.M.: Lucas Glover, Patrick Rodgers

8:04 A.M.: Vaughn Taylor, Billy Hurley III
8:13 A.M.: Tony Finau, Russell Henley
8:22 A.M.: Brandon Hagy, Ollie Schniederjans
8:31 A.M.: Kevin Na, Byeong Hun An
8:40 A.M.: Xander Schauffelle, Hudson Swafford
8:49 A.M.: Ryan Blaum, Shawn Stefani
8:58 A.M.: D.A. Points, J.J. Henry

9:07 A.M.: Martin Flores, Time Wilkinson
9:16 A.M.: Derek Fathauer, Jason Gore
9:25 A.M.: Ben Crane, Jonathan Randolph
9:34 A.M.: Billy Horschel, Wesley Bryan
9:43 A.M.: Scott Stallings, J.B. Holmes
9:52 A.M.: Grayson Murray, David Hearn

10:01 A.M.: Nick Watney, Rickie Fowler
10:10 A.M.: Kelly Kraft, Brett Stegmaier
10:19 A.M.: Wyndham Clark, Kevin Tway
10:28 A.M.: Matt Jones, Mackenzie Hughes
10:37 A.M.: Robert Garrigus, Harold Varner III
10:46 A.M.: Brian Gay, Zac Blair
10:55 A.M.: Seamus Power, Trey Mullinax

11:05 A.M.: Ben Martin, Robert Streb
11:15 A.M.: Cameron Percy, Sam Saunders
11:25 A.M.: Kevin Streelman, Spencer Levin
11:35 A.M.: James Hahn, Kyle Stanley
11:45 A.M.: Jason Kokrak, Charles Howell III
11:55 A.M.: Martin Laird, Curtis Luck

12:05 P.M.: Bill Haas, Peter Malnati
12:15 P.M.: Keegan Bradley, Patrick Reed
12:25 P.M.: Marc Leishman, Andrew Loupe
12:35 P.M.: Kyle Reifers, Bryson DeChambeau
12:45 P.M.: Tyrone Van Aswegen, Danny Lee
12:55 P.M.: Johnson Wagner, Michael Kim

1:05 P.M.: Ricky Barnes, Harris English
1:15 P.M.: Sung Kang, Nick Taylor
1:25 P.M.: Daniel Summerhays, Ajurn Atwal
1:35 P.M.: David Lingmerth, Geoff Ogilvy