Potomac - Sweden's David Lingmerth clung to a one-stroke
lead over American Daniel Summerhays when threatening weather halted play
during Saturday's third round of the US PGA National.
Lingmerth, seeking his second PGA title after taking the
2015 Memorial, stood on eight under par for the event but two-over for the day
at TPC Potomac, a renovated layout hosting its first PGA event since 2006.
Severe thunderstorms approached the par-70 layout with 36 of
74 players to make the cut still on the course.
Summerhays, seeking his first US tour crown as well, birdied
the par-four fifth to seize second on seven-under, one stroke ahead of South
Korean Kang Sung and 2006 US Open champion Geoff Ogilvy of Australia, with
India's Arjun Atwal fifth on five-under.
Lingmerth, who began the day two strokes ahead of Ogilvy,
opened with a bogey after bunkering his approach but birdied the par-five
second after dropping his third shot four feet from the cup.
The Swede pitched out of a bunker to save par from five feet
at the par-three third and stay on 10-under but Ogilvy missed a 10-foot par
putt and fell three back.
But Lingmerth, who won a 2012 developmental tour event on
this course, found water off the fourth tee and made double bogey, trimming his
edge to one stroke.
Summerhays, third in last year's PGA Championship, made a
13-foot birdie putt at the par-four fifth to move within one of the leader
before Ogilvy stumbled again with a bogey at the fifth.
Kang charged into contention with birdie putts from beyond
15 feet at the fifth and sixth holes.
Four British Open berths are available to the top
unqualified finishers for the July 20-23 showdown at Royal Birkdale. Only one
of the top 17 so far is already qualified.
Ogilvy, 40, seeks his ninth US PGA victory and 13th professional
win overall. His most recent title came in 2014 at Reno, Nevada.
Atwal, a 44-year-old whose 2010 Greensboro triumph made him
the first India-born US PGA tour winner, is playing only his fifth event of the
Kang, 30, seeks his first PGA title, having led after 54
holes at Houston in April only to finish second.
Ninth-ranked American Rickie Fowler fired a 68 to share the
clubhouse lead on level-par 210, eight strokes off the pace.
"I feel like I've got a low one in me," Fowler
said. "Got back into a decent position to at least give it a run tomorrow