Spieth surges to 2-shot lead at John Deere Classic



SILVIS, Ill. — Jordan Spieth shot a career-best 10-under 61 Saturday to grab a two-shot lead at the John Deere Classic.

Spieth, who will try for his third straight major title next week at the British Open, was at 17-under 196 after the best round of the tournament since Steve Stricker shot a 60 five years ago.

Danny Lee is second after shooting a 62, followed by Shawn Stefani, Justin Thomas and Johnson Wagner at 14 under.

Spieth’s round was highlighted by a pair of eagles, including a 106-yarder on the 17th hole after he sent his tee shot into the trees.

Spieth also made six birdies.

The round was suspended for close to three hours because of two weather-related delays.

Fairmont native William McGirt made five birdies and three bogeys while carding his third straight 2-under-par 69 to stand in a five-way tie for 40th place.

McGirt had a pair of birdies and bogeys on the front before getting to 7-under for the tournament. But a bogey on No. 18, which he also bogyed Friday, ensured his repeat of the previous two days’ scores.