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2014 Quicken Loans National (The 33rd of 41 events in the PGA TOUR Season), Bethesda, Md., June 23 – 29, 2014; FedExCup Points: 500 to the winner; Congressional Country Club, Par/Yardage: 36-35—71/7,569; Purse: $6,500,000 ($1,170,000) - Third-Round Notes – Saturday, June 28, 2014

Patrick Reed

In his only other start at the Quicken Loans National, Patrick Reed finished T34 in 2013, following rounds of 76-64-74-71—285. His 64 in round two last year is one stroke shy of his career-low round.

Making his 19th start of the 2013-14 PGA TOUR Season, Reed has already claimed victories at the Humana Challenge and World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship. Since his win at Doral, he missed the cut in five of his ensuing eight starts.

With a win this week, Reed would join Jimmy Walker as the only three-time champions this season.

In 27 rounds now since his win at the WGC-Cadillac Championship, Reed has broken par just four times. His 68s in rounds one and two at Congressional CC are his lowest scores since posting a third consecutive, 9-under 63 in round three of the Humana Challenge.

Reed has converted all three of his third-round leads/co-leads on the PGA TOUR.

Reed is one of four players 25-or-under with multiple wins — Rory McIlroy (6), Patrick Reed (3), Russell Henley (2), Harris English (2).

Patrick Reed is the youngest winner of a World Golf Championships event:

Patrick Reed, Cadillac Championship  2014  23 years, 7 months, 4 days
Tiger Woods, Bridgestone Invitational  1999  23 years, 7 months, 30 days
Tiger Woods, Cadillac Championship  1999  23 years, 10 months, 8 days

Reed is making his fourth start since taking nearly a month off for the birth of his daughter Windsor-Wells (5/22/14).

Reed won in his first tournament in his 38th start on TOUR. He has three wins in his last 26 wins on TOUR.

If Reed is able to win on Sunday, he would claim his fourth TOUR win in his 60th start at the age of 23 years, 10 months and 24 days.

Last August at the Wyndham Championship, Reed defeated Jordan Spieth with a birdie-3 on the second extra hole (No. 10). On the first playoff hole (No. 18), Spieth drained a putt from 26 feet to save par and force a second hole. Reed had a chance to win on the first playoff hole from just over 7-feet.

At the Wyndham Championship, Reed became the first player to win on TOUR with his wife (Justine) as a caddie since Steve Stricker won the 1996 BMW Championship with his wife Nicki caddying. Stricker’s first TOUR win came at the 1996 Kemper Open with his wife caddying.

In 2012, Reed successfully Monday-qualified for half of the 12 PGA TOUR events in which he started. He made the cut in five of the six, posting top-35 finishes in four (Zurich Classic of New Orleans/T24, Wells Fargo Championship/T32, True South Classic/T21, Shriners Hospitals for Children Open/T22).

Marc Leishman

This is Leishman’s sixth consecutive start in the Quicken Loans National, with his best finish being T7 in 2010. He missed last year’s cut, following rounds of 75-71.

Leishman is looking to join Jason Day (World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship), John Senden (Valspar Championship), Steven Bowditch (Valero Texas Open), Matt Jones (Shell Houston Open) and Adam Scott (Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial) as players from Australia to win on the PGA TOUR this year.

Leishman is making his 17th start of the season and looking to add a fourth top-10 finish to his year: Sony Open in Hawaii (5th), Farmers Insurance Open (t2) and HP Byron Nelson Championship (T3).

Leishman’s lone win on the PGA TOUR came at the 2012 Travelers Championship.

Leishman is the only player from Australia to win PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year, which he accomplished in 2009.

Seung-Yul Noh

Noh fired a fired a 5-under 66 in round three to move from 1-over to 4-under for the tournament. Noh was T50 following round two. He was T62 after a first round 73.

Noh finished his round on Saturday at 2:08 p.m., just 18 minutes after the leaders teed off.

Last week’s Travelers Championship was a perfect example that a player is never out of contention. Kevin Streelman started the final round T7, but shot a 1-over 36 on the front nine in the final round and made the turn at T20. Streelman proceeded to birdie his final seven holes to win by a shot.

Noh won his first TOUR event earlier this year at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Noh converted his only third-round led/co-lead on TOUR into victory in New Orleans.

At the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, Noh was the fifth Korean-born player to win on the PGA TOUR, joining K.J. Choi (8), Y.E. Yang (2), Kevin Na (1), Sang-Moon Bae (1). He is the seventh player of Korean descent to win, joining Choi, Yang, Na, Anthony Kim (3), Bae and John Huh (1). Kim and Huh were both born in the United States.

A player of Korean-descent in their 20s has won on TOUR in each of the last five years: Anthony Kim (2010/24 years, 9 months, 16 days), Kevin Na (2011/28 years, 17 days), John Huh (2012/21 years, 9 months, 5 days), Sang-Moon Bae (2013/26 years, 10 months, 29 days) and Seung-Yul Noh (2014/22 years, 10 months, 29 days).

A player of Korean-descent has won on TOUR every year since 2005.

Noh at the Quicken Loans National: 2012/T4, 2013/MC.

Freddie Jacobson

Jacobson has made 14 of 20 cuts on TOUR this season with three top 10s. He entered the week No. 53 in the FedExCup standings.

Jacobson at the Quicken Loans National: 2013/MC, 2010/T56, 2008/2nd, 2007/T40.

Jacobson’s best finish this season is T3 at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial in May.

Lead and tournament record notes

Three of the previous seven winners of the Quicken Loans National have come-from-behind to win in the final round. Bill Haas (2013), Nick Watney (2011), Justin Rose (2010) and Tiger Woods (2009) all held the third-round lead/co-lead and went on to win.

So far this year, 16 of 31 leaders/co-leaders after 36-holes have converted for the win, most recently Martin Kaymer at the U.S. Open.

The best 54-hole score in tournament history is 200 by Tom Pernice Jr./2008, Anthony Kim/2009, Tiger Woods/2009 and Justin Rose/2010.

Tiger Woods (2009) and Nick Watney (2011) have the best 72-hole score with a 267.

There has not been a playoff at the Quicken Loans National.

The best come-from-behind win at the Quicken Loans is three shots by Anthony Kim (2008).

Hudson Swafford

As the last man in the field when William McGirt withdrew Wednesday, Hudson Swafford is capitalizing on the opportunity. He stands T5 after round three at 3-under.

Swafford made his way onto the PGA TOUR in 2013-14 by virtue of his 21st-place finish on the 2013 Web.com Tour priority list. On that Tour last year, he amassed eight top-25 finishes, three of which were inside the top 10.

Swafford is making his 21st start of the season this week, and comes to Congressional CC on the heels of seven missed cuts in his last nine starts. He finished T24 at last week’s Travelers Championship. His lone top-10 finish of the season is a T8 at the Sony Open in Hawaii.

With a win this week, Swafford would become the first player to make the Quicken Loans National his first PGA TOUR win. It would also make him the 10th first-time winner on TOUR this season, and second rookie (Chesson Hadley/Puerto Rico Open).

Swafford would be the seventh product of University of Georgia to win this season (Chris Kirk, Harris English, Patrick Reed-2, Bubba Watson-2, Russell Henley, Brendon Todd). Reed transferred to Augusta State after one season.

Quicken Loans Hole-in-One Sweepstakes

During today’s third round at the Quicken Loans National, Peter Hanson recorded a hole-in-one on the second hole with a 4-iron from 222 yards. As the Official Mortgage Sponsor of the PGA TOUR, Quicken Loans will award one year’s worth of mortgage payments to Arline Deacon of Fayetteville, Ga., to commemorate Hanson’s ace. The Quicken Loans’ Hole-In-One Sweepstakes awards one year’s worth of mortgage payments to a randomly selected entrant for every ace during official PGA TOUR events for the remainder of the 2014 calendar year.

Quicken Loans is still looking to award $1 million to one lucky fan when a golfer records a hole-in-one on Congressional’s signature 10th hole. Fans can enter the sweepstakes by visiting www.pgatour.com/quickenloans.

This represents Peter Hanson’s first ace on the PGA TOUR.

Hanson’s ace is the first on No. 2 at Congressional Country Club in the eight-year history of the Quicken Loans National.

Hanson’s ace is the 11th on the PGA TOUR this season.

Open Championship Qualifying Series (OQS)

  • The Open Qualifying Series (OQS) is new international qualifying series involving events on the world’s leading golf tours. It is being introduced for The Open Championship which takes place at Royal Liverpool (Hoylake) July 13-20.
  • The Open Qualifying Series will comprise 14 events in nine countries on five continents and will offer players the opportunity to qualify for golf’s oldest major championship at events on the PGA TOUR, the European Tour, the PGA Tour of Australasia and the Japan Golf Tour.
  • Players on the PGA TOUR have the chance to qualify at three events: this week’s Quicken Loans National, The Greenbrier Classic and John Deere Classic. The top four players, not previously eligible, that finish among the top 12 (and ties) at the Quicken Loans National and The Greenbrier Classic will earn entry into The Open Championship. The top player among the top five (and ties) at the John Deere Classic will also qualify.

There are 26 players in this week’s Quicken Loans National already scheduled to appear in The Open Championship in two weeks.

Miscellaneous Notes

Each Quicken Loans National past champion is in this week’s field, with the exception of 2008 winner Anthony Kim. Here’s a look at where those past champions stand through 36 holes: Bill Haas/2013 (T11), K.J. Choi/2007 (T48), Nick Watney/2011 (T21) Tiger Woods/2009, 2012 (MC) and Justin Rose/2010 (T5).

Bogey-free rounds:

R1: None

R2: Justin Rose (65), Oliver Goss (66), Marc Leishman (66), Billy Horschel (68)

R3: None

Scoring Averages at the par-71 Congressional Country Club:

      Front 9    Back 9   Total      Cumulative

R1  36.192     36.167     72.358     –

R2  35.818     36.183     72.042    72.200

R3  36.440    36.040     72.480    72.267

Weather: Partly cloudy, with a high of 84 degrees. Winds SE 6-12 mph.

Third-Round Leaderboard

Patrick Reed  68-68-71—207 (-6)
Marc Leishman  70-66-73—209 (-4)
Seung-Yul Noh  73-70-66—209 (-4)
Freddie Jacobson  67-71-71—209 (-4)

Source: PGA Tour

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Graham J Gordon, The Editor and Owner, GolfblogspotUK

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