10 Jul 2011

Stricker leads in Illinois

10:57 am on 10 July 2011

The US veteran golfer Steve Stricker, bidding for as third title in a row at the PGA John Deere Classic, fired an eight-under par 63 to seize a two-stroke lead after the third round.

Stricker stands on 20-under par 193 after sinking a dramatic 15-foot par putt on the final hole to keep his margin over Zimbabwe's Brendon de Jonge, who also shot a 63 and can qualify for the British Open with a top-five finish.

Stricker, who last month won the Memorial for his 10th career US PGA crown, has gone 39 holes in a row without a bogey but to keep the streak intact he had to escape on 18 after finding bunkers off the tee and on his approach.