Quicken Loans National 2017: David Lingmerth Holds Lead Despite Rocky Saturday

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistJuly 1, 2017

POTOMAC, MD - JULY 01:  David Lingmerth of Sweden plays his shot from the eighth tee during the third round of the Quicken Loans National on July 1, 2017 TPC Potomac in Potomac, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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David Lingmerth carries a precarious one-shot lead into the final round of the 2017 Quicken Loans National after shooting a forgettable three-over 73 on Saturday at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm in Potomac, Maryland.

Lingmerth, who stands at seven under par following Round 3, is a stroke clear of Daniel Summerhays and two shots ahead of Spencer Levin. An already difficult course was made trickier by a mid-round weather delay, which allowed the 36-hole leader to maintain the top spot despite his lackluster day.

Here's a look at the updated tournament leaderboard:

Lingmerth possessed an opportunity to run away from the field on moving day. A round similar to his back-to-back 65s from the first two days would have likely been enough to put him out of reach heading into the final 18 holes, but he couldn't do it.

Instead, the 29-year-old Swedish veteran dug himself an early hole, in large part due to a double bogey on the par-four fourth, and never recovered. While he's still in the driver's seat heading into Sunday, he now faces more competition as he seeks his second PGA Tour victory.

Ken Pomeroy's PGA win probability still lists Lingmerth as the favorite:

PGA win probability @kenpomgolf

National (R3 complete): Lingmerth 38%, Summerhays 24%, Kang 8%, Howell 5%, Levin 5%, Stanley 4%, Ogilvy 4%, Luck 2%, Fowler 2%, Others 8%

Levin was one of the few players who conquered TPC Potomac on Saturday. The American journeyman, who's looking for his first PGA Tour win, posted the day's best round with a five-under 65. He carded six birdies and a single bogey in tricky scoring conditions.

It's surprising to see him in contention based on his results so far this season, though. He missed the cut in 14 of his first 24 events and registered just one top-25 finish, which came in the Shell Houston Open back in early April when he tied for 23rd.

The PGA Tour passed along comments after his best round of the campaign:

Meanwhile, Keegan Bradley provided the shot of the day. He found himself at two over par for the day and one over for the tournament as he stood on the 18th fairway. He played the first 17 holes of the round without making a birdie.

Then, with one swing from just under 150 yards out, he made up for a frustrating day, as the PGA Tour highlighted:


Walk-off eagle ✅🦅 Walk off with the bag ✅😂 Perfect finish for @Keegan_Bradley! #QuickHits https://t.co/to0608SMDz

Ultimately, Lingmerth's struggles in the third round have left the event wide open. When you factor in the tricky scoring conditions, which will likely carry over to Sunday's action, it's hard to count out anybody within five or six shots of the lead. One great round can steal the title.


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