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 enough, 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.
Reed, ranked No. 29 in the world, was at 6-under 207.
In 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.
In 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, Wie had six birdies and a bogey in her morning round at Pinnacle Country Club. So Yeon Ryu was second after her second straight 67.
All 72 players in the afternoon session were unable to finish because of thunderstorms.
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