David Ling­merth main­tains lead at Quicken Loans Na­tional.

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - SPORTS -

PO­TOMAC, Md.— David Ling­merth waved his arm dis­gust­edly to the right to warn the gallery af­ter he blocked his tee shot on the tight par-5 10th hole at TPC Po­tomac. Af­ter two shots from the rough — one from a haz­ard and one from a bunker — he made a 6-footer for bo­gey to fall to 3 over for the day.

He was still tied for the lead. Min­utes later, he led by him­self again when Daniel Sum­mer­hays bo­geyed 11.

It was that kind of day at the Quicken Loans Na­tional.

Ling­merth (Arkansas Ra­zor­backs) stead­ied him­self af­ter his ad­ven­ture on 10 and made an ag­gres­sive swing with a driver that came off per­fectly on the short par4 14th, lead­ing to a two-putt birdie. The 29-year-old Swede made a sloppy bo­gey on 17 and man­aged a 3-over 73 to drop to 7 un­der and main­tain a oneshot lead over Sum­mer­hays.

Spencer Levin, who teed off two hours ahead of Ling­merth, was alone in third at 5 un­der af­ter the best round of the day, a 65.

There was lit­tle wind Satur­day, and the greens were soft­ened by a thun­der­storm that caused a 90-minute de­lay, but TPC Po­tomac played as dif­fi­cult as ever, show­ing as much bite as its sto­ried neigh­bor, Con­gres­sional. Satur­day ended the same way the first two rounds did — with Ling­merth atop the leader­board.

Ling­merth, who came from be­hind to win a Web.com Tour event at TPC Po­tomac in 2012, has a chance to go wire-to-wire for his sec­ond PGA Tour vic­tory.

“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,” he said. “I’m kind of feel­ing like I’m up for the chal­lenge.”

Ling­merth re­lied on a fade to avoid trou­ble off the tee while start­ing the tour­na­ment with back-to-back rounds of 65. On Satur­day, it didn’t take long for his go-to shot to abandon him. He yanked his open­ing tee shot into a fair­way bunker, lead­ing to bo­gey. It was one of four tee shots he missed to the left in the first eight holes, in­clud­ing a driver in the wa­ter on the nar­row par-4 fourth.

Still, no one man­aged to get ahead. Ge­off Ogilvy’s put­ter went cold and he didn’t make a birdie in a round of 74. He was still just three shots back, along with a fel­low Aus­tralian half his age, Cur­tis Luck, who shot 67, and South Korean Sung Kang, who shot 71. Kyle Stan­ley and Charles How­ell III both shot 67 and were four shots back.

Just 17 play­ers were un­der par af­ter three rounds.

Sum­mer­hays was solid from tee to green but couldn’t get many putts to fall. His only chance to win this sea­son came at the Me­mo­rial, where he led by three shots af­ter 54 holes but shot a fi­nal-round 78 to tie for 10th. He’s earned $8.4 mil­lion in 188 ca­reer PGA Tour starts with­out a vic­tory.

“I struck the ball ex­tremely well,” he said. “I’ve had a lot of great looks, so maybe I just need to per­suade that ball into the cup a lit­tle bit more.”

Levin has been the PGA Tour’s iron man this sea­son, with lit­tle to show for it. He’s mak­ing his 25th start and has teed it up in ev­ery event he’s been el­i­gi­ble for, mak­ing only 10 cuts and fail­ing to record a top-20 fin­ish. At 176th in the FedEx Cup stand­ings, he’s in dan­ger of los­ing his tour card.

“It was the best round I’ve had all year by far. It’s been a tough year, but the putts have been go­ing in this week, which is ob­vi­ously why I’m play­ing well,” Levin said.

Levin, who first gained at­ten­tion as a cig­a­rette-smok­ing am­a­teur at the 2004 U.S. Open at Shin­necock Hills, has played in 232 events in his PGA Tour ca­reer, with his best fin­ish a run­ner-up in 2011. That was also the year he played in his only Bri­tish Open.

“I’ve had a chance and have never won, so if I don’t, it wouldn’t be any­thing new,” Levin said. “But I’m go­ing to go out there with a dif­fer­ent mind­set. I’m go­ing to try and make putts and see if I can’t do it.”

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