It was also an encouraging week for Tiger Woods as he continues to improve since his return to the circuit, the American shooting 66 to finish 10 shots behind the victor in a tie for fourth on his last start before the British Open.
Booming applause resonated throughout the grounds at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm, providing a raucous backdrop for the makings of a vintage moving day charge from Tiger Woods.
Again Woods responded with a birdie, chipping in from 32 yards at the par-4 18th, sparking a roar from spectators as he made the turn. As for the top of the leaderboard, two dark horses will begin the day with the lead at 13 under.
Tiger Woods is refusing to give up on Quicken Loans National victory, despite falling further adrift of the lead during his third round.
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But Texas-born Mexican Ancer went even better, matching the course record with an eight-birdie 62.
He's making the most of his first trip to the TPC Potomac. Molinari first put the putter in play at the Players Championship and later in May won the BMW PGA Championship with it. Molinari's putter is only 32.25 inches in length with a loft of 2.5 degrees and a like angle of 70. "There's no way around it", Ancer said.
CHAMPIONS TOUR: Jerry Kelly squandered the lead, then regained it, and will head into the final day of the U.S. Senior Open with a one-shot advantage over David Toms in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
He struggled early on the West Coast, failing to post a top-10 finish, and as the heart of the European Tour schedule approached he was forced to make a hard choice.
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The 35-year-old eagled the 10th hole and followed with four consecutive birdies as a magical 59 appeared in sight.
In comments after his round, Woods said he was frustrated he didn't end up 10-under, which he thought he could have achieved on the back nine.
Molinari, who birdied the final two holes for a five-under-par 65, is also going for his first official PGA Tour victory, though that comes with an asterisk. "I started on my line with the right pace and a lot of them fell".
Woods tallied six birdies and two bogeys during his round on Sunday. "I played great. The start of the back nine was incredible". "My thought was really if I get the ball on the fairway on 11, that was the last shot really that I was a little bit scared of because if you hit in the water, you can make a big number".
"Well, I think the last two days playing [holes] 13, 14 the way I did".
But even as Woods birdied 16 to get to 11 under for the tournament, he was still nine behind Molinari, who at the time was eight clear of the rest of the field.
"I've never seen anything like it", Burgoon said.
"It was frustrating because I played better than my score indicates", he said.