PGA Tour: Daniel Summerhays fires 62 to take lead at John Deere Classic
Daniel Summerhays vaulted into the lead at the John Deere Classic after firing a nine-under 62 in the third round.
Last Updated: 14/07/13 7:56pm
The 29-year-old, who has never finished higher than fourth on the PGA Tour, returned a 10-birdie card which lifted him two clear of David Hearn and three ahead of defending champion Zach Johnson.
Summerhays birdied four of the first five holes - his only blemish being a bogey at the third - and he picked up three shots in a row around the turn to reach 16 under.
He then reeled off another three consecutive birdies from the 15th, and a closing par capped an excellent day's work.
Canadian Hearn mixed eight birdies with just one bogey in a superb 64, while overnight leader Johnson did well to salvage a 67 after failing to build on a fast start.
The former Masters champion raced out of the blocks with an eagle at the second, but he dropped shots at six and 11 either side of a birdie at the ninth.
However, Johnson got back into contention with birdies at 13, 14 and 17 to close on 16 under, while tour veterans JJ Henry and Jerry Kelly are a further stroke adrift.
Henry birdied the last three holes to sign for a second-straight 65, and Kelly handed in a six-birdie 66 although he failed to join the birdie-fest over the last four holes.
Three-time champion Steve Stricker had been expected to make a significant early charge, but he struggled with a cold putter as he parred the first 11 holes.
Stricker birdied three of the next six, but he bogeyed the last after finding water with his approach and the resulting 69 left him eight shots off the lead on 11 under par.