Silvis, Illinois:Australian Nathan Green moved a step closer to his first US PGA Tour victory, shooting a 3-under 68 on Saturday in the third round of the John Deere Classic and maintaining a one-stroke lead.
Green is 15-under 198 through 54 holes and withstood pushes by 2006 US Masters runner-up Tim Clark (66) and Jonathan Byrd (65). Clark is 14 under after finishing with three straight birdies, and Byrd was two strokes off the lead.
Green, a 32-year-old from New South Wales, Australia, had never led a US tour event after two rounds until he shot 63 on Friday to go 12 under. That gave him a one-stroke lead over Carl Pettersson and Jason Dufner, and the momentum carried into the third round.
He drove a 145-yard approach shot within five feet of the cup on No 5, setting up his second birdie of the round. He also birdied the sixth and eighth holes to go 16 under, before bogeying 11 and 12. That put him at 14 under and, momentarily, in a tie with Byrd.
Green recovered with birdies on 13 and 14, but a chip shot on 17 sailed over the green. Then, he tried to putt up a slope but the ball stopped short of the green. He bogeyed the hole, leaving him one shot ahead of Clark.