John Deere Classic 2013: Day 3 Analysis and Highlights

Steven Cook@@stevencookinFeatured Columnist IVJuly 13, 2013

Daniel Summerhays turned in one of the best rounds of the PGA Tour season at the 2013 John Deere Classic with a 62 on Saturday to claim the outright lead at 19-under par through 54 holes of play.

The official PGA Tour Twitter feed recapped the American's incredible performance on Saturday:

Canadian David Hearn is right behind Summerhays at 17-under par and will play with the leader in the final pairing on Sunday. Three other players—J.J. Henry, Zach Johnson and Jerry Kelly—sit within four shots of the lead.

Johnson, the defending champion at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Illinois, entered the day as co-leader and put up a solid round of 67 to stand alone at 16-under par and third place despite letting his lead slip away. He nailed putts of 60 feet and 42 feet on the third round, and PGA Tour summed up his round:

Another stretch of ideal golf weather allowed the leaders of the field to post stellar rounds. If you weren't landing birdies left and right on Saturday, you're likely out of contention.

Here's the leaderboard, as well as the best highlights and takeaways from Saturday's action.


2013 John Deere Classic Round 3 Leaderboard

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1Daniel Summerhays-19
David Hearn-17
3Zach Johnson-16
T4J.J. Henry-15 
T4Jerry Kelly-15 
T6Nicholas Thompson-14 
T6Chris Kirk-14
T6Matt Jones-14
T9Patrick Reed-13
T9Jordan Speith-13
T9Kevin Sutherland-13

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Daniel Summerhays: Get to Know Him

You aren't alone if you follow golf and weren't familiar with Daniel Summerhays, but he proved one thing on Saturday: We all need to learn about the 29-year-old.

After 10 birdies and just one bogey, Summerhays logged a third-round score of 62 that he'll remember for the rest of his life. At 19-under par through 54 holes, the American is dominating in a field full of players who are shooting the ball extremely well.

Here's his 24-foot birdie putt at No. 15, where he had just taken the lead and began building on it with a stellar putt.

Right after, Summerhays had the daunting task of trying to land another 20-plus-foot putt for birdie at the 16th hole and took the challenge again in stride.

These two big putts came on the heels of five birdies on the back nine before he parred No. 18. 

After tying for ninth place at the Greenbrier Classic, the Utah native was poised to come in and prove that you don't have to be a contender in majors to put together one of the best rounds of the year at any tournament. 


Don't Count Out Zach Johnson

Zach Johnson won't be the golfer whom everybody talks about after Saturday due to Summerhays' historic round, but he's just a couple of shots off the lead after another great round.

Johnson looks like he really wants to defend his John Deere Classic championship, and one of the most accomplished golfers in the field—nine PGA Tour wins and the 2007 Masters—cannot be counted out given the way he's played so far.

He did pick up his first two birdies of the tournament, but they were effectively canceled out by his stellar eagle on the second hole on Saturday. 

The 60-foot putt was the highlight of the round and will be one to look at, should Johnson defend his title on Sunday. You can see it below.

It didn't outdo his eagle on hole No. 2, but his 42-footer at the 14th hole helped begin his late-round surge.

The 37-year-old is putting it all together, hitting accurate long balls and getting some help on the greens. If he keeps this up, nothing Summerhays, Hearn or any other golfer can do will keep him from winning.


Patrick Reed Sticks Around

Playing with Johnson on Saturday, Patrick Reed had to step up his game to keep himself in contention. And despite falling back to 13-under par and six shots off the lead, he was able to do that.

Reed shot one-under on the day, rebounding from three bogeys on the back nine to get into the clubhouse with a solid score.

One of his biggest shots on the day was at the 13th hole, where he dropped this shot from 77 yards out within a few feet for a tap-in.

After that stretch of three bogeys in six holes, Reed needed to battle back with a birdie on No. 17. He got into some trouble by hitting off the fairway and with a tree in his way, but he spun the ball around the tree well and gave himself a shot at landing a birdie. He did, which kept him holding onto an outside shot at coming back.  

The 22-year-old is playing beyond his years at TPC Deere Run this weekend, and it's given him a shot at victory entering Sunday. 


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