Jordan Spieth is simply unstoppable. The 21-year-old American golfing superstar fired a 10-under par round of 61 on Saturday at the John Deere Classic. Saturday’s 61 is Spieth’s lowest round in his career, and vaulted him up the leader board to 17-under par for the tournament. Spieth now holds sole possession of the lead heading into Sunday’s final round, looking for his first victory since his historic U.S. Open win at Chambers Bay last month.
Spieth carded six birdies and two eagles on his round without a single blemishing bogey on the scorecard. He finished his inward nine with style going birdie-eagle-birdie on his final three holes en route to his magnificent third round. Perhaps the highlight of his remarkable play occurred on the par-five 17th hole where he holed out from 106 yards out in the fairway for his second eagle of the day. Jordan made an eagle earlier at the par-five second after nailing his approach to within a few feet of the cup. According to stats provided by the PGA Tour, the current world number two hit 10 out of 14 fairways and 14 out of 18 greens on Saturday.
After his round, Spieth spoke to the media and commented on his remarkable day at the John Deere.
“With some good breaks and really good putting, a round like (Saturday) comes together,” Spieth said.
Jordan will head into Sunday’s final round with a two shot lead over Danny Lee, who won his first PGA Tour victory just last week at the Greenbrier Classic, and the two will be paired in the final grouping that heads off at 12:40 p.m. local time. If Spieth does manage to pull off the victory, it will be his second consecutive victory on Tour. He already won the green jacket back at the Masters in April and followed his first major with yet another major championship victory at the U.S. Open.
Next week, Jordan will have his sights set on the Claret Jug as he heads overseas to the home of golf at St. Andrews for the Open Championship, looking to continue his hopes of completing the calendar year Grand Slam, a feat that three of the greatest names in golfing history — Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Tiger Woods — have all tried to accomplish but failed. With world number one Rory Mcllroy withdrawing from the Open after suffering an ankle injury, Spieth is the overwhelming favorite heading into the season’s third major. And if he can play as well as he has this week at the John Deere Classic, he may very well raise the trophy once again come next Sunday, and with that victory, be knocking on the doors of history.
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