Reed grabs lead at Congressional, eyes another win


Patrick Reed hasn't done much since his breakthrough win at Doral in March, but he appears eager to change that this week at Congressional. Here's how things stand after three rounds of the Quicken Loans National, where Reed holds a two-shot lead:

Leaderboard: Patrick Reed (-6), Seung-Yul Noh (-4), Freddie Jacobson (-4), Marc Leishman (-4), Justin Rose (-3), Ben Martin (-3), Richard H. Lee (-3), Brendon de Jonge (-3), Shawn Stefani (-3)

What it means: Most players struggled with a difficult course Saturday, but Reed's even-par 71 was enough to keep him in front. After beginning the day as one of four co-leaders, Reed matched three birdies against three bogeys and now appears in a strong position as he looks to win for the fourth time in less than a year.

Round of the day: A winner earlier this year in New Orleans, Noh began the third round nearly four hours before the leaders teed off, but thanks to a 5-under 66 he will now play alongside Reed in the final pairing Sunday. Noh opened with three birdies in his first six holes en route to an outward 32, then capped his day with birdies on Nos. 16 and 17 to card the day's lowest score by two shots.

Best of the rest: Lee and Stefani have matched each other shot-for-shot this week, carding identical lines of 74-68-68 through three rounds. Both players managed four birdies in the third round against just a single bogey apiece, and after both appeared headed for a missed cut after the opening round, Lee and Stefani will both begin the final round amid a large tie for fifth, three shots behind Reed.

Biggest disappointment: Morgan Hoffmann began the day just two shots off the lead, but the 24-year-old imploded with a 7-over 78 to fall well off the pace. Hoffmann bogeyed seven of his first nine holes, making the turn in 43, and despite a pair of back-nine birdies he tied for the highest score of the day. At 3 over, he'll now tee off Sunday nine shots behind Reed.

Main storyline heading into Sunday: Reed hasn't contended since his win in Miami in March, but he has shown himself to be a strong front-runner early in his pro career. He'll have another opportunity to close things out at Congressional, which would tie him with Jimmy Walker for the most wins this season and vault him back into the Ryder Cup discussion.

Shot of the day: Peter Hanson aced the par-3 second hole with a 4-iron from 222 yards, a shot that created added benefits for one lucky fan. As a result of the hole-in-one, Quicken Loans agreed to pay for the mortgage of one random fan for a year, and the winner of the drawing after Hanson's ace was Arline Deacon from Fayetteville, Ga.