Tiger stalls as Ancer, Molinari take lead at PGA National

POTOMAC, Md. (AP) — Tiger Woods ran off four straight birdies and finished the front nine with seven consecutive one-putt greens. Unlike Francesco Molinari and Abraham Ancer, he couldn’t keep it going Saturday in the Quicken Loans National.

Ancer and Molinari each handled the scorching heat on the TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm and share the lead going into today’s final round.

Ancer birdied two of his last three holes for the lowest score of his career, an 8-under 62, giving the 27-year-old Mexican his best shot at a first PGA Tour victory.

Molinari also is going for his first official PGA Tour victory, though that comes with an asterisk. He won a World Golf Championship in Shanghai in 2010.

Woods was six shots behind. It didn’t sound that way, and for most of the day, it didn’t look that way.

With his fifth birdie of the front nine, Woods was one shot out of the lead. And then he opened the back nine with a pair of birdie chances just inside 10 feet and missed both.

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