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July 14 2012

9:46 PM

Regional favorites near the top

Troy Matteson is 18 under and playing the 17th with a three-shot lead at the John Deere Classic, but Saturday's stories are the guys gathering behind him on the leaderboard. Three-time John Deere Classic champion Steve Stricker birdied four consecutive holes before a closing bogey dropped him back to 15 under. He's alone in second place at the moment. Iowa native Zach Johnson is in the clubhouse at 14 under following his third-round 66 that featured seven birdies. Also moving inside the top 5 today was 2006 John Deere Classic champion John Senden, who has quietly moved into the picture at 13 under. Senden hasn't had a bogey since his final hole in Round 1 but after playing his first eight holes in 4 under Saturday, he made 10 consecutive pars to close his round. Those three players may be the talk of the TOUR on Saturday night. Should Matteson go on to win Sunday, however, he will finally be able to steal the headlines for himself.
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