Chris Stroud twirled an 8-under-par 30-33=63 in the final round of the John Deere Classic to post 18-under 266, good for the 72-hole clubhouse lead.
Stroud, 108th in the FedExCup standings, began his final frame at 10-under (T13) and seven shots back. On his round, he piped 12 (of 14) fairways and landed 13 greens in regulation, recording a sparkling 1.308 putts per GIR to post the low round of the day thus far. Stroud outpaced one bogey (at the par-4 fifth) with a stellar, nine-birdie loop, penciling circles at Nos. 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 12, 14 and 17. The 33-year-old banked 25 birdies on the week, currently T1 in the field in that category. Stroud's split today included an eye-catching eight conversions from 10 feet and in. His only conversion from length came from 19'2" at the par-4 seventh. He currently sits T3 on the leaderboard, which would easily push aside his T-15 finish at the 2009 JDC. His only other top 10 on the season (22 prior starts) was a T10 at the Travelers Championship.
Sun, Jul 12, 2015 05:05:00 PM