Kevin Chappell and Troy Merritt are tied at the top of the Quicken Loans National, but not Tiger who everyone expected to see there.
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Kevin and Troy sit on top of the Quicken Loans National leaderboard with -14 under par totals, on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course.
Kevin had a -4 under par 67 third round, but had to bow to Troy who posted a tournament record-10 under par 61.
Kevin has a simple game plan;
“You know, I’ve done a really good job of functioning this week.”
‘”That’s the grass. That’s the sky. That’s the hole. That’s my ball.’ Shoot the lowest score tomorrow and I win the golf tournament.”
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Troy had missed five consecutive cuts coming into this week, but now says things are sorted;
“The big thing is we put ourselves into contention for tomorrow and that was the goal.”
“I wanted to have a good week this week and I’ve been taking weekends off for two months now.”
“I finally made putts, it’s really frustrating the first few days hitting the ball really, really well and having good proximity to the hole and not getting much out of it.”
“Today I hit the ball really well and got a lot out of it.”
Sitting in third place is Rickie Fowler, at -13 under par, he had a third round -3 under par 68, which included a crazy 70 ft roller coaster of a putt which dropped in the hole, but overall he was not happy with his performance;
“Little frustrated with a couple mistakes that I made out there today, but excited about where I’m at.”
“I had a good number on seventeen and just made a bad swing. Got those out of the way and there’s tomorrow.”
Jason Bohn, Whee Kim, Charles Howell 111 and David Lingmerth share fourth place at -12 under par.
Charles is looking to keep the pressure on the leaders;
“I made some birdies and they’re out there, got to keep the pedal down tomorrow.”
Charles played alongside Tiger Woods, who slumped back again today, shooting +3 over par 74;
“I was waiting for the one moment, the one shot. I couldn’t find it.”
“Sometimes it’s one of those things you hit it awful on the range and go stripe it on the golf course.”
“That wasn’t the case here.”
Defending champion Justin Rose has pulled himself up into contention with a third round -6 under par 65, and sits in the group at -11 under par for the tournament.