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Tiger stumbles again at Quicken Loans National

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Tiger stumbles again at Quicken Loans National

GAINESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Troy Merritt couldn't miss Saturday in the Quicken Loans National. Tiger Woods couldn't make anything.

Merritt shot a tournament-record 10-under 61 to top the leaderboard even before the leading contenders teed off. It held up, too, as several players made runs at joining him at 14 under, but only Kevin Chappell, another veteran seeking a breakthrough victory, didn't fade in the searing heat at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club.

Chappell had a 67. Rickie Fowler (68) was a stroke back, and Jason Bohn (67), Whee Kim (67), Charles Howell III (67) and David Lingmerth (68) followed at 12 under.

Woods, who seemed to signal a return to contending golf Friday with a 66 that moved him within three strokes of the lead, was errant off the tee early and had several birdie putts slide by the hole.

While Merritt had 11 birdies and a bogey on the par-5 eighth, Woods didn't make his first birdie until a 17-foot putt dropped on the par-4 15th. He hit his tee shot on the 187-yard 16th to inches, flashing a huge smile on the tee box, and then made a bogey at the par-4 18th to finish with a 74. He'll start Sunday nine shots back.

"I was waiting for the one moment, the one shot. I couldn't find it," Woods said, adding that after starting with seven consecutive pars, he thought it might come at the par-5 eighth when his tee shot finally found the fairway.

Instead, his 3-wood approach sailed over the green and he made a bogey.

"I was dead back there, compounding the problem," he said.

Merritt had long since finished and went into the final round as the leader for the second time this season. He had the lead to himself after the second and third rounds of the RBC Heritage, but finished third.

Merritt had missed five consecutive cuts coming into the week.

"The big thing is we put ourselves into contention for tomorrow and that was the goal," he said. "I wanted to have a good week this week and I've been taking weekends off for two months now."

Chappell wasn't as spectacular, but started the day tied for third and more than kept pace with the field.

"You know, I've done a really good job of functioning this week," he said. '"That's the grass. That's the sky. That's the hole. That's my ball.' Shoot the lowest score tomorrow and I win the golf tournament."

Fowler, starting in the group ahead of the last two, has already won The Players Championship and the Scottish Open this year and hopes to give the leaders something to think about as quickly as possible.

"I'm looking forward to being out in front and making some noise, see if we can chase the guys down early and get things going," he said.

Charles Howell III, playing with Woods, followed his near-ace at 16 by knocking his tee shot just to just inches, giving them both tap-in birdies, but with larger implications for Howell; the 15-year pro is seeking his first victory since the 2007 Nissan Open.

"I made some birdies and they're out there," Howell said. "Got to keep the pedal down tomorrow."

There was no shortage of players making big moves attacking soft greens and with no wind.

Carl Pettersson and Bill Haas shot 64s to move to 11 under, and Vaughn Taylor had a wild day with 10 birdies and three bogeys in another 64 that moved him into a tie for 15th at 9 under.

No one took greater advantage that Merritt, seeking his first victory in 96 career starts.

"I finally made putts," he said. "It's really frustrating the first few days hitting the ball really, really well and having good proximity to the hole and not getting much out of it. Today I hit the ball really well and got a lot out of it."

He started with five consecutive birdies and six in the first seven holes, and had four birdies in a row and five in six holes in another stretch on the back nine. He closed with a par on the par-4 18th.

Starting fast isn't unusual, Merritt said, but sustaining it has been challenging.

"Making birdie at No. 12 was a huge momentum gain," he said, speaking of the 490-yard par 4, that hardest hole on the course through three rounds. "Then went on to birdie 13, 14 and 15 making good putts."

Defending champion Justin Rose shot a 65 and was among four tied at 11 under. With conditions expected to be similar in the final round, "It's going to take something I would imagine in the realm of 63" to win, Rose said.

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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2017 BRISTH OPEN INFORMATION:

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

2017 BRISTH OPEN FIELD:

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