The cheers were so loud for Tiger Woods that no one could hear the starter announce the name of Joel Dahmen when it was his turn to hit.

And then it got even rowdier Saturday at the Quicken Loans National in Potomoc, Md., with each putt Woods made — 12 feet for par, four in a row for birdie, a 25-foot birdie putt on the ninth hole to head to the back nine just 2 shots out of the lead.

Abraham Ancer heard it all in the group ahead, and it carried him into a share of the 54-hole lead.

Woods couldn’t keep up.

Ancer had the lowest round of his PGA Tour career, an 8-under 62 on the TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm, and wound up atop the leaderboard with Francesco Molinari (65).

“The crowds were absolutely amazing. Every hole was packed,” Ancer said. “I just drew on that. I just heard all the roars. He was making a lot of putts on the front nine. The roars were crazy. I just wanted to be one step ahead of him. So it worked out.”

It worked out even better than that.

Ancer, a 27-year-old Mexican, had never been among the top 10 going into the final round in his previous two starts. Now he’s one round away from his first PGA Tour victory, which is a lot longer than it looks. Molinari, a two-time Ryder Cup player with a World Golf Championship among his credentials, overcame a few putts he missed from short range to close with two birdies to join Ancer at 13-under 197.

Silver Lake’s Ryan Armour, a product of Walsh Jesuit and Ohio State, shot a 68. He and Zac Blair (66) were 2 shots behind.

Woods lost all momentum on the back nine by missing two birdie chances inside 10 feet, taking a bogey on a short par 4 and then driving just through the green on the reachable 14th to 18 feet, chipping strong to 8 feet and missing another birdie chance.

He had to settle for a 68 and was 6 shots behind, making this the seventh straight tournament he has been at least 5 shots behind going into the final round.

Akron native Harold Varner III was tied for 49th at 1-under 209.

Champions Tour

Jerry Kelly shot 1-over 71 to finish the third round of the U.S. Senior Open in the same spot he started — atop the leaderboard with a 1-shot advantage.

He made a 6-foot slider to save par on No. 18 at Broadmoor, finish at 4-under 206 and preserve a 1-shot lead over David Toms, who stayed far from the madness and shot a 66 to climb from a tie for 10th to second.

It took Kelly three putts to get down from inside of two feet on No. 12 — his first putt going airborne above the roughed-up poa annua turf and his second taking a 180-degree spin around the cup before bounding out.

Tim Petrovic had a 71. He briefly led after making birdie on No. 14, but bogeyed three his last four holes to finish 2 out of the lead, tied with Kirk Triplett (68).

Another shot back are Brandt Jobe (66), Paul Goydos (70) and Miguel Angel Jimenez (73), whose only birdie of the day came on a chip-in from the side of the 15th green.

LPGA Tour

So Yeon Ryu broke away on the closing holes at Kemper Lakes in Illinois to take a 3-stroke lead in the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.

The 28-year-old South Korean star birdied the 14th and 15th holes to jump ahead of Canadian Brooke Henderson and finished with a birdie on 18.

She shot a 5-under 67 on another scorching afternoon to get to 11-under 205 and move closer to her third major victory.

Henderson was second. She bogeyed Nos. 14 and 16 in a 70.

South Korea’s Sung Hyun Park was 7 under after a 71, and American Angel Yin had a 68 to get to 6 under.

European Tour

Marcus Kinhult of Sweden carded a 4-under 67 and maintained his 2-shot lead going into the final day of the French Open. Kinhult shot five birdies in a row just before the turn to get to 10 under, and he kept his advantage with a bogey and a birdie to stay two shots ahead of England’s Chris Wood at Le Golf National.

Wood recovered from a poor start with two birdies and an eagle before the turn before finishing with a 67.