D.A. Points has just claimed a share of the lead at 13 under with a 5-foot birdie putt on the 10th hole. Jeff Overton, who held the overnight lead, was in the process of making bogey at the third when he couldn’t get up-and-down from the right side of the green.
Points, who won the 2004 Pete Dye Classic in West Virginia during his Nationwide Tour days, has played his first 10 holes in 7 under. He went out in 28, which equaled the low of the season on the PGA TOUR.
Here are the 28s shot in 2010:
8-under 28 – Paul Goydos, back nine, R1, John Deere
6-under 28 – D.A. Points, front nine, R3, The Greenbrier Classic
6-under 28 – Brent Delahoussaye, R1, RBC Canadian Open
-- Helen Ross
As consolation prizes go, Paul Goydos got a pretty good one Sunday afternoon at the John Deere Classic.
The top player among the top-5 finishers at the John Deere Classic not already eligible got an exemption into the field for the Open Championship at St. Andrews. A final-round 65 to finish at 24 under wasn’t enough to catch winner Steve Stricker, but it did nab Goydos that exemption.
This year will mark just the third time in Goydos’ 21-year career that he’s qualified for the Open Championship. Goydos missed the cut in 2008 and finished in 72nd a year ago. -- Brian Wacker
Paul Goydos had an opportunity to cut Steve Stricker’s lead to just one, but he slid a birdie putt from just over 13 feet past the hole on No. 16. That means Goydos is still two shots back with now only two holes to play.
The next hole, however, is a par-5 (and also the Kodak Challenge hole).
And now the lead is down to just two shots with three holes to play. Paul Goydos is 5 under through 15 holes and as a result is now within real reach of Steve Stricker at the John Deere Classic. That said, it’s going to take the kind of finish that Goydos had Thursday when he closed with three straight birdies to cap a 59. Possible? Yes. Probable? No…well, maybe not. Stay tuned. -- Brian Wacker
What once seemed like an insurmountable deficit is now within reach -- though Paul Goydos is running out of holes.
Steve Stricker is still just 1 under on the day and that’s opened the door, at least slightly. With six holes to play, Stricker leads Goydos by just three strokes. Goydos, meanwhile, has been nearly flawless with five birdies and just one bogey.
Now the only question is if there are enough holes left for Goydos to erase the rest of that deficit. -- Brian Wacker
Despite the fact that Steve Stricker holds a commanding five-stroke lead here in the final round of the John Deere Classic, there’s still plenty to play for -- most notably a spot in the Open Championship.
The top finisher among the top 5 at TPC Deere Run who is not already eligible for the Open will get a spot in next week’s field. Right now, that battle is between Jeff Maggert and Paul Goydos. Both began the day at 21 under, though Goydos just birdied the fifth hole to move one shot ahead of Maggert.
If they end in a tie for second, the tie-breaker would go to whoever had the lower third round (since they began they day in a tie, too). That would be Maggert, who shot 63, which will obviously leave Goydos wishing he’d shot that 59 Saturday instead of Thursday. -- Brian Wacker
Two months ago, there were a lot of questions surrounding Steve Stricker and how long he would be out and what kind of golf he would play when he returned from a left shoulder injury. He seems to have that answered that this week.
Stricker has five birdies and no bogeys through 12 holes today and for the week has a field-best 23 birdies -- and just two bogeys. That has Stricker 22 under and four shots clear of Paul Goydos, who is just 3 under on the round and four back of Stricker.
Meanwhile, the day’s best round now belongs to Shaun Micheel, who turned in an 8-under 63 after making the turn in 30. Micheel is now tied for fourth as a result. -- Brian Wacker