Reed leads by 2, eyes 4th PGA Tour win

Third Round – PGA Tour – Quicken Loans National –Congressional Country Club Blue Course – Bethesda, Maryland –

Patrick Reed survived a difficult third round with the lead at 6-under overall at the PGA Tour’s Quicken Loans National.

Congressional Country Club continues to challenge the world’s best players, especially on the back nine. Reed carded an even-par 71 Saturday to earn a spot in the final pairing Sunday with a chance to win his fourth career PGA Tour title in less than a calendar year.

Reed, No. 29 in the Official World Golf Ranking, is coming off a stretch of golf where he failed to meet expectations. He has been a little pre-occupied with his first child, who was born five weeks ago. Reed won in January at the Humana challenge and then in March at the World Golf Championship – Cadillac Championship.

At 6-under, he leads a trio of players by two shots including Freddie Jacobson, Marc Leishman and Seung Yul-Noh, who fired a 5-under-66 playing well out in front of the leaders. He moved up 38 places with his round. Leishman, 64th in the world, is trying to become the sixth different Aussie to win on tour this season.

Justin Rose, who was T-83 after round one, is now T-5 at 3-under and just three back. He is part of a group that includes Brendon de Jonge and Shawn Stefani.

Oliver Goss, the U.S. Amateur champion last year, was the mix for the lead until a double bogey at No. 12 set him back. The tour rookie, who turned pro at the Travelers Championship last week, was low amateur at Augusta and the only amateur to make the cut this season.

Goss ended up shooting 76, unable to back-up his 66 in round two. He is now T-15 heading into the final round.

Look for a host of players to have a chance at a comeback win — similar to Kevin Streelman last week — including those at T-11 at 2-under and just four back. Brendon Todd, defending champion Bill Haas and Brendan Steele are all in that position of chasing.

Reed should be tough to beat Sunday. He is 3-for-3 when holding the 54-hole lead on tour. At 80-to-1 betting odds before the tournament started at, the American could sow up a Ryder Cup spot on points very soon with a victory.

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