John Deere Classic, Troy Matteson still leads July 14 2012
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Troy Matteson shoots a third round -5 under par, 66, to maintain a three-shot lead in the John Deere Classic at TPC Deere Run on Saturday, with a tournament total of -18 under par. The man just one shot behind him is the history seeking three-time Champion Steve Stricker, looking for his fourth success in this event. Troy was happy with his good days work;" Round went pretty good today. Made birdies early and kind of got relaxed after that, because you never know how the round is going to start. I really didn't hit too many bad shots today. I only hit a couple and I got away with them. Only made a couple bogeys. One was a smart bogey. One on 18 I just misjudged the putt going down the hill. It's got a little baked out and it's easy to knock it by. All in all it's a good day. Made a couple long putts that I didn't expect. I think I did better than maybe I should have." He also spoke of Steve and Zach being up there with him; " You always want to be ahead rather than behind. Every stroke you can gain is good. Steve is a great guy. He's the kind of guy that personifies what we're looking for on the Tour. He's the kind of guy you can tell your kids to use as a role model. He's just a really good guy. He's a good guy to have at the top of the leaderboard at any tournament, especially John Deere because of what he's done here in the past. I think it'll be really fun to play with him. I'm pretty used to if I'm playing in the last couple groups I'm not the guy people root for, so I think that it'll be pretty normal for me. But like I said, Zach being from up this way, really good to see him at the top of the leaderboard. It gives people a reason to really come out and watch. So it's just good that those two guys are up there. " Steve also had a -5 under par third round and has set his sights on winning again, he said of his chances; "I don't know, I have a good time here, obviously a lot of good vibes going around here having won the last three years. 'Things start to happen for me here, I make some putts, pull out some shots here and there, a lot of good things happen but I don't know what it is. I just have to keep plugging, I have one more day and hopefully make another run at it tomorrow." Zach Johnson is a further shot back and expects Steve to play well tomorrow; "I expect Steve to play well here. Who wouldn't ? We've both played well here so I don't think it'll be surprising if we both play well again four straight days."