Spieth surges into lead after career-best 61
Jordan Spieth’s tee shot on the par-5 17th hole landed in the trees.
Spieth’s second shot landed in the fairway. His third one landed in the hole. Spieth’s decision to spurn Scotland for the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill., looks more prescient with each passing round.
Spieth, bolstered by a 106-yard eagle on No. 17, shot a career-best 10-under-par 61 in the third round Saturday to grab a two-shot lead.
“With some good breaks and really good putting, a round like [Saturday] comes together,” said Spieth, who will go for his third straight major title next week at the British Open.
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.
l EUROPEAN TOUR: Unheralded Daniel Brooks overcame a dreadful start, an injured wrist and the toughest conditions of the week to keep his unlikely lead at the Scottish Open in Gullane after a windy third round in which Rickie Fowler surged up the leader board.
The 528th-ranked Brooks, who surprisingly took a three-shot lead after the second round, recovered from a double bogey on his first hole to shoot a 1-under 69 for a one-stroke advantage at 12-under 198.
A first prize of nearly $850,000 — easily the biggest payday of his career— and a spot at next week’s British Open at St. Andrews is at stake for Brooks in what would be a life-changing win for the 28year-old Londoner. He had missed the cut at 13 straight tournaments before finishing tied for 20th at the French Open last Sunday.
“I have struggled all year, and I need some money to keep my card,” Brooks said. “It’s a big day.”
l CHAMPIONS TOUR: Jerry Smith matched a tournament record with an 8-under 64 to take a three-shot lead after the second round of the Encompass Championship in Glenview, Ill.