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Late Surge Keeps Gossett on Top

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Like Tiger Woods, David Gossett was an awesome amateur. Like Woods, Gossett won the U.S. Amateur Championship. Like Woods, Gossett was a collegiate All-American.
 
Now, Gossett wants to follow in Tigers professional footsteps. And he can start at this weeks John Deere Classic.
 
Gossett shot a third-round 3-under-par 68 at the TPC at Deere Run to maintain a one-shot lead over three others entering the final round in Silvis, Ill.
 
Should Gossett prevail, he would become the first player in five years to win a PGA tour event on a sponsors exemption. The last player to do so? You guessed it, Tiger Woods at the 1996 Las Vegas Invitational.
 
'It's a learning process playing with the last group,' said Gossett, who started the third round with a two-shot lead. 'It's fun to play with the emotions and the ups and downs of being right on the verge of doing really well. I think I managed it pretty well.'
 
Briny Baird, Bradley Hughes and Paul Stankowski all shot 5-under 66s to earn a share of second place.
 
Hughes led the tournament at 14-under, but bogeyed his final hole. That was nothing compared Edward Fryatt. Fryatt also made his way to 14-under, only to finish double bogey-bogey. The 30-year-old from Las Vegas is now three off the pace at 11-under after a 69.
 
Eight players are within three strokes of Gossetts lead. Of those eight, only Stankowski has previously won on tour; though, he hasnt done so since 1997.
 
Fourteen players have made this event their first PGA Tour victory.
 
'I do feel ready to win,' Gossett said. 'I've been really close to getting in the winner's circle. I feel like my week is coming and it looks like it could be this week.'
 
Gossett birdied two of his first three holes on Saturday. The 22-year-old from Germantown, Tenn., offset a bogey at the 4th with a birdie at the 5th, and then proceeded to par his next seven holes.
 
Gossett slipped two shots off the lead with a bogey at the par-4 13th, but rebounded with birdies on the 16th and 17th holes to regain sole possession of first place.
 
Full-field scores from the John Deere Classic