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Zac Boyer

Zac Boyer

Zac Boyer is a sports writer at The Washington Times. Before joining in October 2013, he covered the Washington Redskins for The Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va. for parts of three seasons and spent the previous five years at the Hartford Courant. A University of Connecticut graduate, he can be reached at


Articles by Zac Boyer

Patrick Reed watches his shot on the 16th tee during the third round of the Quicken Loans National PGA golf tournament, Saturday, June 28, 2014, in Bethesda, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Patrick Reed left alone on top as Congressional wreaks havoc

Patrick Reed, a two-time PGA Tour winner already this season, was one of few players able to successfully navigate Congressional Country Club on Saturday, shooting an even-par 71 to retain his lead following the third round of the Quicken Loans National. Published June 28, 2014

Justin Rose, of England, chips to the green on the 12th hole during the final round of the U.S. Open golf tournament in Pinehurst, N.C., Sunday, June 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Six-stroke swing has Justin Rose ready for the weekend

After shooting a 6-under-par 65 on Friday, the lowest score achieved by a player in the morning group at the Quicken Loans National, Justin Rose couldn't help but think about what a strong finish this weekend could do for his confidence heading into the British Open next month. Published June 27, 2014

Tiger Woods removes his cap after finishing the second round of the Quicken Loans National PGA golf tournament, Friday, June 27, 2014, in Bethesda, Md. Woods ended the day at 7 over par for the tournament and missed the cut. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Tiger Woods misses the cut in first tournament since back surgery

For only the 10th time since joining the PGA Tour in 1997, and the first time in nearly two years, Tiger Woods missed the cut at the Quicken Loans National and will not be around to play in the final two rounds at Congressional Country Club this weekend. Published June 27, 2014

Oliver Goss, of Australia, watches his shot from the 18th fairway during the second round of the Quicken Loans National PGA golf tournament, Friday, June 27, 2014, in Bethesda, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Recent pro Oliver Goss among four leading Quicken Loans National

Consecutive weekends qualifying for a tournament on a sponsor's exemption will not make Oliver Goss, who turned professional just two weeks ago, a household name. Rounds like the one he had Friday at the Quicken Loans National, however, could go a long way in defining the accomplished former amateur's career. Published June 27, 2014

Greg Chalmers, of Australia, hits out of a bunker onto the 11th green during the first round of the Quicken Loans National PGA golf tournament, Thursday, June 26, 2014, in Bethesda, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Seeking first PGA Tour win, Greg Chalmers leads early at Congressional

In the last threesome off the 10th tee Thursday morning, Chalmers' score surpassed that of Ricky Barnes, who held the lead for much of the morning at 4-under, and weathered a late challenge from Freddie Jacobson, who birdied four of his final seven holes to match Barnes. Published June 26, 2014

Erik Compton watches his tee shot on the third hole during the final round of the U.S. Open golf tournament in Pinehurst, N.C., Sunday, June 15, 2014. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Erik Compton hopes British Open pursuit, not heart surgery, is his story

Erik Compton, a 34-year-old who has had two heart surgeries, was thrust into the public's consciousness with a second-place finish at the U.S. Open. While he acknowledged that his medical history is part of his story, he hopes the rest of it this week at the Quicken Loans National is about his attempt to qualify to play in the British Open. Published June 26, 2014

Jordan Spieth walks off the gree with his group on the par-5, 6th hole during the pro-am at the Quicken Loans National golf tournament being played on Wednesday at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland. PHOTO: Pete Marovich Special to The Washington Times

Jordan Spieth a humble leader of golf's next wave

Tiger Woods, golf's biggest superstar, may have his fan base, but in modern society, what's new is what's popular, and the 20-year-old Spieth is quickly gathering a following. Published June 25, 2014

Despite insisting he is in top form, Woods faces questions about his health and age as he returns to the pro tour following an injury. (associated press)

Health questions hamper Tiger's tour return

When Tiger Woods announced last week he would make his return at the Quicken Loans National following a three-month layoff, it was partly because his recovery from back surgery had progressed enough to finally make a competitive round viable. Published June 25, 2014

Tiger Woods on the practice tee Tuesday at the Quicken Loans National golf tournament at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland. Photo: Pete Marovich Special to The Washington Times

Tiger Woods expects rust at Quicken Loans National, but he's ready to compete

It has been two years since Woods, still No. 5 in the official world golf rankings, played at the tournament sponsored by his charitable foundation. He admitted Tuesday that had this week's event not fallen under the umbrella of the Tiger Woods Foundation, he would not be participating. Yet Woods was far enough along in the process to make it feasible for him to return this week. Published June 24, 2014

Patrick Reed watches his chip to the fifth green during the final round of the Humana Challenge golf tournament on the Palmer Private course at PGA West, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, in La Quinta, Calif. (AP Photo/Matt York)

After pair of wins early in 2014, Patrick Reed looks to simplify game at Congressional

The 23-year-old finished 8-over to tie for 35th at the U.S. Open two weeks ago, then was betrayed by his short game last weekend, shooting a mere 70 and 71 in the first two rounds of the Travelers Championship on one of the tour's shortest and easiest courses to again miss the cut. "I just have to get out of my own way," Reed said. Published June 23, 2014

In this March 9, 2014, photo, Tiger Woods watches his tee shot on the 12th hole during the final round of the Cadillac Championship golf tournament in Doral, Fla. Woods withdrew from the U.S. Open on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, as he recovers from back surgery that has kept him out of golf for nearly three months. It will be the second U.S. Open, and sixth major, he has missed because of injury over the last six years. The U.S. Open is June 12-15 at Pinehurst No. 2, where Woods tied for third in 1999 and was runner-up in 2005. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Tiger Woods to make return during Quicken Loans National

Tiger Woods, who has not played in a PGA Tour event since undergoing back surgery in late March, announced via his Facebook page Friday afternoon that he will make his return next week during the Quicken Loans National at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda. He'll be joined by four players who previously won the event as well as nine others who have won a major championship, including Ernie Els, Webb Simpson, Stewark Cink, Angel Cabrera and Vijay Singh. Published June 20, 2014

Washington Redskins strong safety Phillip Thomas (41) walks to the field during the second day of the NFL football teams training camp in Richmond, Va. Friday, July 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

'Redshirt' season behind him, Phillip Thomas ready to help Redskins' secondary

A fourth-round pick last April out of Fresno State, Thomas was penciled in as the Redskins' starting strong safety when training camp opened. Whatever potential Thomas showed during two weeks of training camp was never realized after he suffered a foot injury during a preseason game that kept him sidelined for his entire rookie season. Published June 2, 2014

School spirit: A Redskins emblem at Union 6th/7th Grade Center. Indian groups want students to learn more about them beyond such logos. (Tulsa World)

American Indian high schools cling to 'Redskins' nickname

As superintendent of the Red Mesa Unified School District in northeastern Arizona, Tommie Yazzie believes its schools' use of the Redskins nickname and mascot epitomizes the qualities desired of its students and athletes: bravery, pride and intelligence. Published June 1, 2014

Newly drafted Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed (86) talks to members of the media following rookie minicamp at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Va., on Sunday, May 5, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Despite concussion history, Jordan Reed not worried about future

Despite missing the final six games of his rookie season as he dealt with the effects of a concussion, Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed said Thursday he believes the incident was "a fluke thing" and has no concern about his well-being going forward. Published May 30, 2014

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) speaks to reporters after practice as the Washington Redskins hold their Organized Team Activities at Redskins Park, Ashburn, Va., Thursday, May 29, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Feeling-out process guiding Robert Griffin III through offseason

Not only is the offseason workout period crucial for the Washington Redskins, who are learning large parts of a new offense and defense with a revamped coaching staff, but it’s important for quarterback Robert Griffin III, who was limited to rehabilitating from right knee surgery during this time a year ago. Published May 29, 2014

Washington Redskins general manager Bruce Allen laughs on the sideline before the Washington Redskins play the Pittsburgh Steelers in NFL preseason football at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Monday, August 19, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Bruce Allen promoted to Redskins team president, stays GM

Allen, 57, was originally hired as the team's Executive Vice President/General Manager on Dec. 17, 2009 after a five-year stint with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and eight years with the Oakland Raiders. Published May 26, 2014

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Browns hire Redskins pro personnel director Morocco Brown

Morocco Brown, who has served as the Washington Redskins' Director of Pro Personnel for the last six years, is expected to be hired by the Cleveland Browns to a senior post in their personnel department, according to a person familiar with the matter. Published May 20, 2014