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Billy Hurley III takes two-stroke lead into final round

BETHESDA, Md. — Naval Academy graduate Billy Hurley III shot a 4-under 67 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead over Ernie Els into the final round of the Quicken Loans National.

Hurley had four birdies in his bogey-free round at Congressional to reach 15 under. The 607th-ranked player in the world said he couldn't think of a better tournament to be his first PGA Tour victory because of its proximity to his Annapolis home and connections to the military.

Els holed out for eagle on the par-4 12th and finished with a 65. The 46-year-old hit a 9-iron from the fairway from 157 yards out, the first time he said he's ever "slam-dunked" a ball right into the hole.

Jon Rahm, who held the lead after one round and shared it with Hurley after two, struggled. Playing his first event as a professional, the 21-year-old former Arizona State star from Spain had four bogeys in a 70 that left him three strokes behind Hurley.

Bill Haas and Webb Simpson were five back at 10 under. They each shot 68.