Luke Guthrie crafted a 4-under-par 33-34=67 in the third round of the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Illinois, and sits five strokes adrift at 12-under 201.
Guthrie, a native of Quincy, Illinois, and a University of Illinois product, began play on Saturday at 8-under (T11) and four swings back. He overshadowed one bogey, at the par-4 15th, with birdies at Nos. 1, 9, 11, 13 and 16. Guthrie's five-birdie set included a 23'11" roll on the par-4 11th for his longest conversion of the day. He also capitalized from 15'6" at the par-4 ninth. In total, Guthrie found the short grass 11 (of 14) times and hit 16 greens in regulation, registering 1.688 putts per GIR. The 25-year-old, who finished T5 at his 2012 Deere debut, will enter the final round in a three-way T9. He will need something similar to his final-round 64 in 2012 if he hopes to sneak his first PGA TOUR title in 80 career events. More realistically, he's chasing a season-best T7 (22 starts) at the Valspar Championship. Jul 11 - 10:41 PM