Jul 12th, 2015
Jordan Jumps to the top
Spieth shoots record 61 at John Deere Classic
Words: Daniel Owen Photography: Getty Images
Jordan Spieth blitzed his third round of the John Deer Classic, shooting the lights out with a career low. Spieth leads by two over last weeks winner Danny Lee.
The 21-year-old American is going for the third leg of the Grand Slam at St Andrews having already won the Masters and US Open this year.
Spieth has recovered from a first-round 71 to move to 17 under going into the final round.
New Zealander Danny Lee is two shots behind after an impressive third-round 62.
The former world number one amateur won his first tournament at the Greenbrier Classic last Sunday.
"I feel very confident about Sunday," said Lee. "I think it's going to be a fun day for us."
Spieth won his first PGA Tour title at the same event two years ago and is attempting to become the first player since Ben Hogan in 1953 to win the first three majors of the year.
His third round included two eagles and six birdies, including holing out with a sand wedge from 107 yards at the par-five 17th and running in a 15-foot birdie at the last.
"I just seem to get some lucky breaks here at the John Deere."
"That turning point mid-round on Friday where I had a really good stretch to get inside the cut line is what really gave me a lot of confidence.
"The hole looked a little bigger from there on in. In order to shoot a really low round you obviously have to have some putts go in from mid-range."