Reed on verge of fourth PGA Tour win in 10 months

Sat Jun 28, 2014 7:51pm EDT
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(Reuters) - New dad Patrick Reed pulled ahead of his faltering rivals to open a two-stroke lead after the third round at the $6.5 million Quicken Loans National in Maryland on Saturday.

Reed moved within sight of his fourth victory in 10 months with an even-par 71 on the brutally tough Congressional course in Bethesda just outside Washington D.C.

The American posted a six-under 207 total, while Australian Marc Leishman (73), Swede Freddie Jacobson (71) and South Korean Noh Seung-Yul (66) were equal second on four-under.

Six others, including last year's U.S. Open champion Justin Rose, were three strokes behind.

Australian Oliver Goss, who shared the halfway lead in his second tournament as a pro, got a reality check to fall five shots behind with a 76 that included a double bogey at the par-four 12th, where he missed a putt from barely 18 inches.

Reed has enjoyed a meteoric rise since his maiden PGA Tour victory in a playoff against Jordan Spieth in Greensboro, North Carolina, last August.

He made headlines after his third win, at the WGC Cadillac Championship in Miami in March, when he said he was one of "the top five players in the world".

But the 23-year-old has not backed up his words since, missing five cuts in eight starts before this week, perhaps due partly to the distraction of the recent birth of his first child.

He currently is ranked 29th in the world and is a noted front runner, having converted all three of his 54-hole leads into victories.   Continued...

Jun 28, 2014; Bethesda, MD, USA; Patrick Reed hits his approach shot on the 14th hole during the third round of the Quicken Loans National golf tournament at Congressional Country Club - Blue Course. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports - RTR3W8QO