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Merritt eyes first PGA Tour Victory

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Merritt eyes first PGA Tour Victory

BY PETER HAILEY, CSNwashington.com 

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.

Tiger Woods announces return to 2018 National at TPC Potomac

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Tiger Woods announces return to 2018 National at TPC Potomac

Tiger Woods is back, y'all.

Woods announced Monday morning that he will be playing in the 2018 National taking place at TPC Potomac June 25-July 1.

The National is returning to TPC Potomac for the second time in its history.

Woods last competed in The National in 2015, winning the tournament in 2009 and 2012.

I am really looking forward to being back in the D.C. area this summer playing in The National, Woods said. As a two-time champion of this event benefiting my foundation, The National has always been a special event for me.

Since returning to golf in December, Woods has played in five events including the Hero World Challenge where he tied for ninth, the Valspar Championship tying for second and the Arnold Palmer Invitational where he tied for fifth. 

Next up for the 42-year old on his comeback trail is The Masters taking place April 5-8 at Augusta National Golf Club. 

Tickets for The National at TPC Potomac are on sale now.

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.