Boosted by a 10-under-par 61 in the third round on Saturday, Merritt held off challenges from Rickie Fowler and Bill Haas to claim his first PGA Tour victory in the Quicken Loans National.
Merritt shot a tournament-record 10-under-par 61, and Chappell withstood a searing heat late in the afternoon to match him atop the leaderboard entering the final round.
Woods moved into contention for his first victory in nearly two years with a 5-under-par 66 on Friday that moved him into a tie for fifth.
Led by Jordan Spieth, who turned 22 on Monday and has won two majors and finished in the top 10 four times this season, young golfers have made their mark on the PGA Tour this season.
Woods will return to action this week at the Quicken Loans National at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainesville, Virginia and acknowledged the struggles that cost him at the U.S. Open and British Open.
The PGA Tour golfer and Leesburg, Virginia native asked for the public’s help in locating his father, Willard Hurley Jr., who has been missing since he left home on July 19.
Rose, the defending champion and a two-time winner, will join Fowler as the only players in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Rankings to participate in the tournament, which begins on Thursday.
Spieth finished one stroke out of qualifying for a playoff in Monday’s final round of the British Open, and if history offers any hints, he’s not likely to have another realistic chance of pulling off such a feat.
Two mistakes in the final round were enough to derail Spieth, who finished one shot back of qualifying for a three-man playoff and lost his pursuit of the first Grand Slam in golf’s modern era.
Johnson won a four-hole aggregate playoff, taking his second major championship after Oosthuizen missed a 12-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole.
Dunne, from Ireland, is tied for the lead after the third round of the British Open, while Niebrugge, a 21-year-old who will be a senior at Oklahoma State, is just three shots back.
Spieth, attempting to further his quest for a Grand Slam, and Dunne, an Irish amateur who recently ended his senior season at UAB, were among the leaders after the third round at the British Open.