World No. 2 Jordan Spieth shot a career-best round of 61 to rocket to the lead at the John Deere Classic on Saturday, the site of his first career win two years ago.
Spieth put an eagle from 106 yards on No. 17, his second eagle of the day, never made a bogey, and raced to the top of the leaderboard at 17-under, taking a two-stroke lead over Australia’s Danny Lee, who fired a 62 himself, but was overshadowed, perhaps unfairly, by the gallery following Spieth, who next week will attempt to win a third straight Major.
Lee, the winner of the Greenbrier Classic a week ago, had four birdies on the front nine and four more on the back as he chases a second straight title.
Former co-leader Justin Thomas fell back to a tie for third with a 69 at 14-under, knotted with Shawn Stefani and Johnson Wagner at 14-under.
If Spieth wins, it would be his fifth title of the year in 19 tournaments. Barring a total meltdown on Sunday, Spieth will rack up his 12th Top 10 finish of the year as well.