Sizzling Spieth shoots 61 for third-round lead at John Deere

Sat Jul 11, 2015 7:45pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Jordan Spieth charged into the lead with a stunning finish to his third round at the John Deere Classic on Saturday.

Masters and U.S. Open champion Spieth played the final three holes in four-under as he finished birdie, eagle, birdie at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Illinois.

He holed out with a wedge from 107 yards at the par-five 17th, before running in a 15-foot birdie at the last for a 10-under-par 61.

Despite wayward driving down the stretch, Spieth used brilliant iron play and a hot putter for his PGA Tour career best score to move to a 17-under 196 total, two strokes ahead of New Zealand's Danny Lee, who shot a nine-under 62.

(Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Editing by Greg Stutchbury)

Jordan Spieth is greeted by fans as he walks to the opening hole of the third round of the John Deere Classic at TPC Deere Run. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports