Rodgers near vic­tory

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - ARKANSAS OUTDOORS -

SILVIS, Ill. — Pa­trick Rodgers is 18 holes away from his first PGA Tour vic­tory.

But the 25-year-old for­mer Stanford star knows that it’ll likely take a lower score than the one he shot Satur­day to se­cure such a mile­stone vic­tory.

Rodgers, the medal­ist at the 2013 Western Ama­teur in Roland, shot a 3-un­der 68 in the third round, main­tain­ing a two-stroke lead in the John Deere Clas­sic.

Rodgers had a 16-un­der 197 to­tal at TPC Deere Run. He’s try­ing to be­come the third player in five years to win the Quad Ci­ties event for his first PGA Tour ti­tle.

Daniel Berger had a 63 to match Scott Stallings (64) at 14 un­der.

Ni­cholas Lind­heim (66) was 13 un­der, and Jamie Love­mark (66), Bryson DeCham­beau (70) and J.J. Henry (68) were an­other stroke back. Area fa­vorite Zach John­son had a 70 to drop five strokes back.

Bubba Wat­son’s de­ci­sion to skip the Scot­tish Open for the chance to ac­cu­mu­late FedEx Cup points might not work out in his fa­vor. Wat­son had a 68 and was tied for 57th at 6 un­der.

Kelly Kraft made ar­guably the day’s most im­pres­sive shot on No. 17. His tee shot landed on a walk­way be­hind a hos­pi­tal­ity tent, and Kraft hit his sec­ond shot over 200 yards and even­tu­ally saved par.

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