Spieth surges to two-shot lead in Deere
SILVIS, Ill. — Jordan Spieth's tee shot on the par-5 17th hole landed in the trees. His second shot landed in the fairway. His third one landed in the hole.
Spieth, bolstered by a 106-yard eagle on No. 17, shot a career-best 10-under 61 in the third round of the John Deere Classic Saturday to grab a two-shot lead.
"With some good breaks and really good putting, a round like (Saturday) comes together," said Spieth.
Spieth was at 17-under 196 after the best round of the tournament since Steve Stricker shot a 60 five years ago. Danny Lee is second after shooting a 62, followed by Shawn Stefani, Justin Thomas and Johnson Wagner at 14 under.
The round was suspended for close to three hours because of two weather-related delays.
Spieth got off to a fast start on No. 2, sticking a 260-yard approach within 3 feet for an eagle. His approach on the par-4 eighth hole came so close to going in that it left a divot on the cup before spinning 10 feet forward. Spieth made birdie.
Spieth had three more birdies on par 4s, and he hit a 12-footer on No. 16 to join Lee in first. But it was the next hole that really made Spieth's day.
He stuck his approach with a sand wedge directly behind the cup, where it spun in to the disbelief of Spieth — who said he "mishit it."
"I certainly didn't think it had a chance to go in. I thought it was going past the hole," Spieth said.
U.S. WOMEN'S OPEN: At Lancaster, Pa., Amy Yang shot a 1-under 69 and maintained a three-shot lead over Stacy Lewis through three rounds of the U.S. Women's Open.
Paired together in Saturday's final grouping, Yang answered every time Lewis tried to trim her three-shot deficit.
Yang opened a four-stroke lead at the 13th before Lewis capitalized on a two-stroke swing at the 14th, closing within two. But Lewis had a three-putt bogey at the 17th en route to a 69, giving Yang a three-stroke advantage heading into the final round. Yang, at 8-under 202, and Lewis, at 5-under 205, will be paired today.
ENCOMPASS: At Glenview, Ill., Jerry Smith matched a tournament record with an 8-under-par 64 to take a three-shot lead after the second round of the Champions Tour event.
Smith is at 14-under 130 as he seeks his first professional title of any kind. Mark Goodes was second, while Bart Bryant, Fred Funk and David Frost are among the group five strokes back.
ALBERTSONS BOISE OPEN: At Boise, Idaho, Ashland’s Jason Allred carded one birdie and two bogeys on each nine in the third round to finish at 2-over-par 73 for the day and fall down the leaderboard in the Web.com event.
Allred is 5 under and in 73rd place.
Martin Piller continues to lead at 24 under after a 65.