Danny Lee concluded his fourth John Deere Classic with a 4-under-par 34-33=67 to finish at 19-under 265, good for a two-way tie for third place and one shot out of a playoff spot with Jordan Spieth and Tom Gillis.
Lee, last week's winner at the Greenbrier Classic in a playoff, was bidding to become the first player since Camilo Villegas in 2008, to win their first PGA TOUR titles in back-to-back fashion. The 24-year-old, playing in the final pairing with 54-hole leader Spieth, began the final round at 15-under and two shots back. Lee, who celebrates his birthday on July 25th, had outpaced one bogey (more on that below) with six birdies thru 17 holes, only to square bogey on the last to drop out of a playoff spot with Spieth and Gillis. His consolation is a personal-best at the Deere (four total appearances), supplanting a T30 in the 2012 edition. Lee will harken back to his one-stroke penalty at the fourth, where he mistakenly picked up his ball in the fairway, thinking lift, clean and place, which was in play for the third round. was still in effect. Jul 12 - 6:09 PM