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Merritt, Chappell share Quicken Loans lead

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The leaderboard remains bunched at the Quicken Loans National, but the two players at the top both eye a breakthrough victory. Here's how things look after three rounds at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club, as Troy Merritt and Kevin Chappell share the lead: 

Leaderboard: Merritt (-14), Chappell (-14), Rickie Fowler (-13), Jason Bohn (-12), Charles Howell III (-12), David Lingmerth (-12), Whee Kim (-12), Bill Haas (-11), Justin Rose (-11)

What it means: Ryo Ishikawa began the day with the lead, but he was quickly passed after an even-par 71. Merritt set the early pace by carding the round of the tournament, while he was joined later in the day by Chappell, who started one shot back and like Merritt is in search of his first PGA Tour victory.

Round of the day: Merritt went low earlier this season at the RBC Heritage, and he did so again Saturday with a 10-under 61. Merritt birdied each of his first five holes, adding another stretch of four in a row on Nos. 12-15. His round included a total of 11 birdies against just a single bogey, earning him a share of the lead.

Best of the rest: Haas entered the week on a rare missed cuts streak, but he made the weekend and then made a big move with a 7-under 64. Starting the day seven shots off the pace, Haas carded six birdies and an eagle against only one bogey, moving into contention for what would be his second win of the season.

Biggest disappointment: Tiger Woods appeared to have things going through 36 holes, but the tournament host struggled mightily during the third round, carding a 3-over 74. Woods didn't hit a fairway until the eighth hole and didn't make a birdie until No. 15, dropping from three shots back to nine shots off the pace with only a round to go.

Main storyline heading into Sunday: While both co-leaders are somewhat unproven, each has the game to win on the highest level. The player to watch, though, is Fowler, who sits just one shot off the pace and could snag his third worldwide win in less than three months after years of struggling to find the winner's circle.

Shot of the day: While little went right for Woods in Round 3, he did give fans reason to cheer on No. 16, where his tee shot landed only seven inches left of the hole, tantalizingly close to a hole-in-one that would have earned a fan $1 million.

Quote of the day: "Apparently playing on Saturday is a good thing. Might want to try that more often." - Merritt, who entered the week off a streak of five straight missed cuts.