Reed leads at Congressional
BETHESDA, Md. — Patrick Reed is not interested in talking about being top five in the world.
He only cares about PGA Tour victory No. 4.
Reed, who turned off some of his peers when he won at Doral and said he was among the top five players in the world, held it together Saturday at steamy Congressional for an even-par 71 to build a two-shot lead in the Quicken Loans National.
As if Congressional wasn't difficult, the rest of the field now has to chase a guy who has won all three previous PGA Tour events when he had at least a share of the lead going into the final round.
On a day when making pars often meant moving forward, Reed overcame three bogeys in a seven-hole stretch by playing the last five holes at 1 under for a two-shot margin over Seung-yul Noh, Freddie Jacobson and Marc Leishman.
"You can't get ahead of yourself," Reed said. "If you think about having the lead or if you think about what you're going to do coming down 18, you're going to lose focus on the rest of the holes."
Reed was at 6-under 207.
The final round will have a player in the last group with a red shirt, only it won't be tournament host Tiger Woods, who missed the cut. Reed has been wearing a red shirt and black pants on Sunday to pattern himself after Woods. He also cited Woods when asked which player was his idol in being confident.
Reed took that to a new level when he won at Doral and said he felt he was among the top five in the world. He currently is No. 29.
"You can't play this game with lack of confidence," Reed said. "So just one of those things that, you know, we're all trying to strive for the same thing, and some guys get there and that's all we're trying to do."
Dating to his first PGA Tour win at the Wyndham Championship last August, the only top 10s Reed has had have been victories. He attributes his sporadic play to his wife having their first child last month. Now, Reed says his life is becoming settled and his game is rounding into shape.
Noh finished off his 5-under 66 — the best score of the third round — about the time the leaders went off. He was at 4-under 209, which looked better by the hour.
Jacobson made four birdies in his opening eight holes to reach 8 under, only to take double bogey on the 11th hole and a sloppy bogey on the par-5 16th hole. He wound up with a 71. Leishman was still only one shot behind until he failed to get up-and-down for par on the 17th and fell to a 73.
NW Arkansas Championship
At Rogers, Ark., Michelle Wie shot her second straight 5-under 66 to take a two-shot lead in the suspended second round of the NW Arkansas Championship.
Coming off a victory Sunday in the U.S. Women's Open at Pinehurst, Wie had six birdies and a bogey in her morning round at Pinnacle Country Club.
So Yeon Ryu, paired with Wie, was second after her second straight 67.
All 72 players in the afternoon session were unable to finish because of thunderstorms.
Suzann Pettersen, Chella Choi and Line Vedel were three strokes back, and top-ranked and local favorite Stacy Lewis was four shots behind at 6 under.
Pettersen had a 67, Choi shot 65, and Vedel had five holes left.
Lewis birdied four of her first eight holes and finished with a 12-foot birdie putt on No. 9 for a 67. First-round leader Alena Sharp was 4 under overall after 15 holes.
Senior Players Championship
At Pittsburgh, Bernhard Langer moved closer to his first Senior Players Championship victory, shooting a 4-under 66 in the third round to stay in front of defending champion Kenny Perry.
Langer was at 15-under 195 through 54 holes in the third Champions Tour major of the season.
Perry, trying to join Arnold Palmer as the only player to win the Senior Players in consecutive years, briefly took the lead midway through the round before settling for a 65 that left him three strokes behind.
BMW International Open
At Cologne, Germany, Spain's Pablo Larrazabal shot a 5-under 67 to take a three-stroke lead into the final round of the BMW International Open.
Larrazabal, the 2011 winner at Munich Eichenried, had a 17-under 199 total at Gut Larchenhof.
Sweden's Henrik Stenson (66) and Robert Karlsson (68) were tied for second with Spain's Carlos Del Moral (66) and Rafa Cabrera-Bello (70), Australia's Richard Green (62), Italy's Francesco Molinari (65), Denmark's Thomas Bjorn (66) and Argentina's Emiliano Grillo (70).