Slam dunk eagle at No. 12 propels Els into Quicken Loans contention

Slam dunk eagle at No. 12 propels Els into Quicken Loans contention

BETHESDA - Ernie Els hit the shot of the day at the Quicken Loans National on Saturday, a 9-iron from 160 yards at the par 4 No. 12 that slam-dunked into the hole for an eagle.

Was that an omen that Els was destined to win his 20th PGA Tour event, adding another accolade to his already great career? Els will enter Sunday’s final round in second place at 13-under par, (200, 66-69-65), just two strokes behind leader Billy Hurley III (198, 66-65-67).

Els’ third-round 65 was Saturday’s best, and it propelled him into Sunday’s final pairing with Hurley. Els has been in this position countless times as a four-time major winner, which could work to his advantage. He also has fond memories of Congressional Country Club, winning the 1997 U. S. Open at Congressional, where he has remained a gallery favorite.

However, Els was besieged by putting problems at the Masters this year, and he has not won since his victory at the 2012 British Open. At age 46, Els wants to show he still has what it takes to win.

“The way I’m hitting it now, the way I’m swinging, I’m getting more confidence,” Els said. “Obviously, I’ve had a terrible time the last year, year and a half in results, but I feel good. I feel like I want to go out there and prove something to myself again.”

Els’ fluid swing was in vintage form Sunday, and he consistently hit fairways and greens. But even Els said he never remembered holing a shot on the fly like the one at No. 12, which flew into the hole from 160 yards like one of Steph Curry’s halfcourt shots.

“I’d be very cocky to say I’m trying to hole it from 160, but I was trying to give myself a look at birdie,” Els said. “Just one of those things, you know?”

One of those things that great players do. Els hoped he had a little more magic left.

“At the end of the day, the guy that plays the best from tee to green will win,” Els said. “This course, you can’t fake it.” 

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