Strug­gling David Ling­merth clings to PGA Na­tional lead

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Swe­den’s David Ling­merth stum­bled to a three-over par 73 Satur­day but clung to a one-stroke lead over Amer­i­can Daniel Sum­mer­hays af­ter the third round of the US PGA Na­tional. Ling­merth had two birdies, three bo­geys and a dou­ble bo­gey over the 7,107-yard TPC Po­tomac lay­out to stand on seven-un­der 203 af­ter 54 holes.

“Long, hard fought day for me and here I am,” Ling­merth said. “I’m still right where I need to be for to­mor­row and I’m not too worried about the way I played to­day. I think I can come back to­mor­row bet­ter.”

Ling­merth, seek­ing his sec­ond PGA ti­tle af­ter tak­ing the 2015 Me­mo­rial, won a 2012 de­vel­op­men­tal tour event on this course, host­ing its first PGA event since 2006. And he’s chas­ing his first wire-to-wire vic­tory. “It’s a sit­u­a­tion I haven’t pre­vi­ously been in,” Ling­merth said. “I haven’t had the wire-to-wire sce­nario in my ca­reer, but a lot of great play­ers have won tour­na­ments that way and I would like to do it as well. I’m feel­ing like I’m up for the chal­lenge. I think it’s a great op­por­tu­nity.” Sum­mer­hays shot 70 to stand sec­ond with com­pa­triot Spencer Levin fir­ing the day’s low round, 65, to reach third on 205, one stroke ahead of South Korea’s Kang Sung and Aus­tralians Ge­off Ogilvy and Cur­tis Luck.

Se­vere thun­der­storms caused a 91-minute de­lay and to­gether with af­ter­noon heat pro­vided tougher con­di­tions for the lead­ers.

Ling­merth opened with a bo­gey but birdied the par-five sec­ond af­ter drop­ping his third shot four feet from the cup. He then found wa­ter off the fourth tee and made dou­ble bo­gey, trim­ming his edge to one shot.

“Got off to a bit of a rough start,” said Ling­merth. “Missed a cou­ple tee shots to the left, which is some­thing I don’t usu­ally do, and it maybe got me a lit­tle un­nerved with tee balls for the rest of the day be­cause I didn’t hit as many fair­ways as I usu­ally do.

“I man­aged some­how to miss in de­cent spots where I was able to scram­ble pretty good.”

Ling­merth be­gan the back nine with a bo­gey, tak­ing five shots to reach the green af­ter find­ing rough, na­tive grass and a bunker.

“Def­i­nitely a dif­fer­ent way of play­ing it,” Ling­merth said. He an­swered with a birdie at the 299-yard par-4 14th, nearly driv­ing the green and leav­ing his sec­ond shot inches from the cup.

But Ling­merth, who be­gan the tour­na­ment with back-to-back 65s, made bo­gey at the par-3 17th, find­ing a bunker off the tee and miss­ing a five-foot par putt.

“I’m not worried about the way I played to­day,” Ling­merth said. “I think I can go out there to­mor­row and shoot another 65.”

Sum­mer­hays, third in last year’s PGA Cham­pi­onship, made a 13-foot birdie putt at the fifth but made bo­gey at 11, hit­ting the cart path well right off the tee. Levin, the world num­ber 369 who hasn’t man­aged a top-10 fin­ish in more than a year, birdied three of the last six holes to move into con­tention for his first PGA vic­tory, mak­ing six birdies in all.— AFP

PO­TOMAC: David Ling­merth of Swe­den pulls a club from his bag as he pre­pares to play a shot from the eighth tee dur­ing the third round of the Quicken Loans Na­tional on Satur­day TPC Po­tomac in Po­tomac, Mary­land. — AFP

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