Merritt, Chappell share lead, Tiger slips back

Sat Aug 1, 2015 7:48pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Americans Troy Merritt and Kevin Chappell, both looking for their first PGA Tour wins, shared a one-shot lead after Saturday's third round of the Quicken Loans National, while tournament host Tiger Woods fell from contention.

Merritt set an early target with a course record 10-under-par 61 to go 14-under, a figure matched at the end of the round by Chappell, who shot 67 for his 199 total at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainesville, Virginia.

"We found something late on Tuesday," Merritt said about the way he was setting the club before his shots. "I knew it was just off, and we finally found it."

Merritt had missed the last five cuts on tour.

"The ball striking has been fabulous the last three days. I didn't make any putts the first two days, but they went in today."

One shot back on the crowded leaderboard was Rickie Fowler after a 68.

Another stroke back were Americans Charles Howell III (67) and Jason Bohn (67), Sweden's David Lingmerth (68) and 23-year-old Kim Meen-whee of South Korea (67).

Japan's Ryo Ishikawa, who led by one after the second round, shot a 71 and was tied for eighth at 11-under along with Briton Justin Rose (65), Carl Pettersson of Sweden (64) and American Bill Haas (64).

Woods, who began the day tied for fifth, three shots off the pace, plunged to nine behind after posting 74.   Continued...

Troy Merritt watches his shot after teeing off on the 16th hole in the third round of the Quicken Loans National golf tournament at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Rafael Suanes-USA TODAY Sports