Summerhays fires 62, leads John Deere by 2


The birdies continued to fall Saturday at TPC Deere Run, as Daniel Summerhays emerged from a crowded leaderboard to take the lead. Here's the skinny heading into the final round of the John Deere Classic, where Summerhays holds a two-shot advantage after a career-low round:

Leaderboard: Daniel Summerhays (-19), David Hearn (-17), Zach Johnson (-16), Jerry Kelly (-15), J.J. Henry (-15), Nicholas Thompson (-14), Matt Jones (-14), Chris Kirk (-14)

What it means: The day began with several players within striking distance, but ended with Summerhays two clear of the field. As has often happened at this event, otherwise unheralded players have seized an opportunity to move up the leaderboard, as six of the top 11 names after 54 holes are still seeking their first career PGA Tour win, including both Summerhays and Hearn.

Round of the day: Summerhays began the day two shots off the pace, but quickly moved to the top of the leaderboard during an afternoon that included 10 birdies. A lone bogey on the third hole was sandwiched by birdies on holes 1, 2, 4 and 5 to begin his third round, and Summerhays added two separate stretches of three straight birdies to finish off his round of 9-under 62.

Best of the rest: Having fired a 7-under 64 despite a quadruple bogey Friday, Morgan Hoffmann picked up right where he left off, carding an 8-under 63 Saturday that now serves as the lowest round of his career. Hoffmann notched eight birdies without dropping a shot, and after it seemed he would likely miss the 36-hole cut, Hoffmann will begin the final round tied for 12th at 12 under, seven shots behind Summerhays.

Biggest disappointment: Among the best players still without a PGA Tour victory, Brendon De Jonge began the third round inside the top 10, looking to position himself well for Sunday. Instead, the Zimbabwean was unable to get anything going, tumbling 45 spots down the leaderboard after a 3-over 74. De Jonge's card included an eagle and two birdies, but they were more than countered by three bogeys and a pair of double bogeys, including one on the home hole.

Main storyline heading into Sunday: Summerhays and Hearn will play in the day's final pairing, each hoping for a first career win but also the berth in the Open Championship that would accompany a victory. The group chasing them, though, includes major winner and defending champion Johnson, as well as the red-hot Jordan Spieth, who sits in a tie for ninth at 13 under through 54 holes.

Shot of the day: Johnson sparked his round by rolling in an eagle putt from more than 60 feet on the par-5 second hole. The eagle helped Johnson continue his run of dominance at this event, as his 4-under 67 Saturday marked his 19th consecutive round in the 60s at TPC Deere Run.

Quote of the day: 'Obviously it's going to be different. I'd like to say that it wouldn't be different.' – Summerhays, who holds the lead heading into the final round for the first time in his PGA Tour career.