Francesco Molinari in contention in Potomac


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Italy’s Francesco Molinari produced a superb round of 65 to grab a share of the lead heading into the final round of the Quicken Loans National.

The crowd favourite has been in impressive form all week and he made it back-to-back 65s on Saturday.

Molinari moved onto 13-under after birdie-ing his final two holes to join Mexico’s Abraham Ancer at the top of the leaderboard.

Ancer’s 62 gave him a superb chance of winning and his blistering start of four birdies in seven holes set the tempo.

American pair Zac Blair and Ryan Armour are tied in third on 11-under, while Andrew Landry sits alone in fifth.

Kevin Streelman moved into sixth after a round of 67 but Molinari and Ancer are the pair to catch on Sunday.

When asked about his round, the European Ryder Cup star told Sky Sports: “I did a good job today.

I think I left two or three putts out there but I made a couple of longer ones, so another good round.”

Tiger Woods had been hoping to win his first PGA Tour title of the year but he dropped off the pace after a round of 68.

He bogeyed the first before then making four consecutive gains from the fourth.

However, he continued to make small errors and now sits on seven-under par going into Sunday’s final round.

Molinari remains the 2.15 favourite for the tournament, while Ancer is 4.50 to win the event.

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