2017 John Deere Classic

Cut: 71 professionals and two amateurs at 4-under 209 from a field of 153 professionals and three amateurs.
Third-Round Leaderboard
Patrick Rodgers                          65-64-68—197 (-16)
Daniel Berger                              69-67-63—199 (-14)
Scott Stallings                            71-64-64—199 (-14)
Nicholas Lindheim                       68-66-66—200 (-13)
Patrick Rodgers
Starting the day with a two-shot lead over Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Rodgers posted a 3-under 68 in the third round to extend his two-shot lead over 54 holes. The Avon, Indiana native will take a lead/co-lead after any round on the PGA TOUR for the third time and his second 54-hole lead. Through 54 holes earlier this season at the Farmers Insurance Open, he was T1 before finishing T4.
Rodgers’ 54-hole total of 197 is his lowest score through three rounds on the PGA TOUR, supplanting 199 from the 2016 RSM Classic.
With a win tomorrow at the age of 25 years, 16 days, Rodgers would continue the trend of winners under the age of 30. So far this season, 21 of the 35 wins have come from 17 different players under the age of 30, a TOUR record.
Different winners under the age of 30
2016-17 17 (21 total through 35 events)
2015-16 14 (18 total wins)
2014-15 14 (24 total wins)
2013-14 16 (22 total wins)
With a win this week, Rodgers would become the 19th player to make the John Deere Classic his first PGA TOUR title. The last was Brian Harman in 2014.
With a win this week, Rodgers would become the 10th first-time winner this season, and second consecutive following Xander Schauffele at The Greenbrier Classic.
The John Deere Classic has a tradition of offering playing opportunities to deserving up-and-coming young players, which Rodgers has benefitted from in the past. A two-time sponsor exemption of the John Deere Classic as an amateur in 2012 and 2013, Rodgers is making his sixth start in the tournament, highlighted by a T15 in 2013, which remains the best finish by an amateur.
Rodgers has played the John Deere Classic more than any event on the PGA TOUR.
In 22 starts on TOUR this season, Rodgers has two top-10s and is No. 107 in the FedExCup. In his best result, he finished T4 at the Farmers Insurance Open. Rodgers has missed the cut in 13 starts, but has advanced to the weekend in his last three starts. A win this week would move him to No. 31 in the standings.
Rodgers is not currently in the field at next week’s Open Championship. With a win, he would earn the final spot in The Open Qualifying Series USA for the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale. It would mark his debut in the Open Championship and just his second major appearance (2016-T46).
Rodgers leads the field in Scrambling, salvaging par 10 out of 11 missed greens.
Rodgers’ Strokes Gained Statistics
SG: Off the Tee             2.662 (8th)
SG: Tee to Green          -1.345 (67th)
SG: Around the Green   1.996 (10th
SG: Putting                   8.390 (1st)
SG: Total                      11.673 (1st)
Third-Round Lead Notes
Since moving to TPC Deere Run in 2000, the third-round leader/co-leader has held on for the win nine times, including the last three champions (Brian Harman/2014, Jordan Spieth/2015 and Ryan Moore/2016).
The third-round leader/co-leader has emerged victorious 11 of 34 times in stroke-play events on the PGA TOUR this season. The last to do so was Jordan Spieth at the Travelers Championship.
Through 54 holes last year, eventual-winner Ryan Moore held a one-shot lead over Ben Martin and Morgan Hoffmann.
Daniel Berger
Daniel Berger followed rounds of 69-67 with an 8-under 63 in the third round, highlighted by nine birdies, tying his career-best in a single round. He will begin the final round two shots back.
This season, Berger came back from three strokes to win the 2017 FedEx St. Jude Classic and to force a playoff with Jordan Spieth at the Travelers Championship (won by Spieth on the first extra hole).
Berger is making his first start in the John Deere Classic. The last player to win in his tournament debut was Sean O’Hair in 2005.
Berger is looking to join Justin Thomas (3), Dustin Johnson (3), Jordan Spieth (2) and Hideki Matsuyama (2) as multiple winners on TOUR this season.
The high school class of 2011 has accounted for six wins in 35 events on the PGA TOUR this season: Justin Thomas (3), Jordan Spieth (2) and Daniel Berger (1).
With a win tomorrow at the age of 24 years, 3 months, 9 days, Berger would record the 13th win by a player under the age of 25 on TOUR this season, the most on TOUR since 1970.
Most Wins Under the age of 25 PGA TOUR Since 1970
# of Wins
Eight different players under the age of 25 have won this season: Justin Thomas (3), Hideki Matsuyama (2), Jordan Spieth (2), Jon Rahm, Cameron Smith, Si Woo Kim, Daniel Berger and Xander Schauffele.
Berger leads the TOUR in Approaches from 50-125 yards, four feet more than the TOUR average, averaging 15’ 0” in proximity to the hole from that distance. This week he is averaging 10’ 10”, 8’ 0” better than the field average.
The 2015 PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year has qualified for the season-ending TOUR Championship each of his two seasons on TOUR, finishing 11th in the FedExCup in 2014-15 and 26th in 2015-16. He is currently No. 9 in the FedExCup standings.
Berger is No. 4 in the Presidents Cup. Berger has never played in a Presidents Cup or Ryder Cup.
Scott Stallings
Scott Stallings posted a bogey-free 7-under 64 in the third round to join Daniel Berger at 14-under-par 199. This is his best position after any round on TOUR since the 2015 RSM Classic (T2) where he went on to finish T9.
Stallings’ 54-hole total of 199 is his lowest on TOUR since the 2013 CareerBuilder Challenge when he led after three rounds at 22-under 194 and finished T4.
Stallings has not finished inside the top 125 in the FedExCup standings since 2014, the season of his last win on TOUR – the 2014 Farmers Insurance Open.
In 21 starts this season, Stallings has 10 made cuts and four top-25s, highlighted by an eighth-place finish at the CareerBuilder Challenge. He is currently No. 132 in the FedExCup Standings.
Stallings is making his sixth consecutive start in the John Deere Classic. A T22 in 2011 and T16 in 2016 are bookends for three missed cuts.
Stallings is the winner of three PGA TOUR titles: 2011 The Greenbrier Classic, 2012 True South Classic and the 2014 Farmers Insurance Open.
Additional player notes
After making the cut on the number Saturday, 2014 John Deere Classic winner Brian Harman equaled the low round of the tournament, an 8-under 63. The 63 ties his best round at TPC Deere Run (2014/R1).
Another past champion making the cut on the number, Steve Stricker posted a 6-under 65, his best round at TPC Deere Run since opening with the same score in 2015. Stricker is competing in next week’s Open Championship at Royal Birkdale after finishing fourth at Royal Troon in 2016.
PGA TOUR rookie Rick Lamb made seven birdies an eagle at the par-4 14th and one bogey (his last hole of the day, No. 9) to post an 8-under 63, his career-low round on the PGA TOUR. Four rookies have won on the PGA TOUR this season: Cody Gribble (Sanderson Farms Championship), Mackenzie Hughes (The RSM Classic), Wesley Bryan (RBC Heritage) and last week’s winner Xander Schauffele (The Greenbrier Classic).
Four players have 19 birdies (Daniel Berger, Jamie Lovemark, Patrick Rodgers and Kevin Tway), while two players have two eagles through three rounds (Rick Lamb and Luke List).
Two past champions lead the field in Greens in Regulation: Brian Harman (46/54) and Zach Johnson (46/54).
Amateur Nick Hardy (T44) is second in driving distance this week (315.20) outdriving the field by 23 yards. Brandon Hagy leads at 324.2. Hardy and Maverick McNealy are the only amateurs who remain and are both T44.
Playing in the final group with Patrick Rodgers and Zach Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau posted a 1-under 70 and will begin the final round four shots back.
Miscellaneous Notes
Six past John Deere Classic champions are in the field: Ryan Moore/2016 (MC), Brian Harman/2014 (T18), Zach
Johnson/2012 (T8), Steve Stricker/2009-2011 (T35), Jonathan Byrd/2007 (T8) and Sean O’Hair/2005 (MDF).
Bogey-free rounds:
R1: K.J. Choi (68), Bryson DeChambeau (66), Gonzalo Fdez-Castano (69), Charles Howell III (63), Kevin Kisner (69), Maverick McNealy (69), Patrick Rodgers (65), Boo Weekley (68).
R2: Ricky Barnes (68), Jonathan Byrd (65), Miguel Angel Carballo (68), Chesson Hadley (64), Kevin Kisner (65), Peter Malnati (67), Scott Stallings (64), Kyle Stanley (66), Robert Streb (66), Steve Stricker (67), Charlie Wi (69).
R3: Brian Harman (63), Seamus Power (66), Ollie Schniederjans (66), Scott Stallings (64), Daniel Summerhays (66) and Y.E. Yang (67).
Scoring Averages at the par-71 TPC Deere Run:
                        Front 9             Back 9             Total                Cumulative
R1:                   34.916              35.800              70.716
R2:                   34.438              35.333              69.771              70.247
R3:                   33.938              34.247              68.125              69.817