Recap of the day
Early Movers: Scott Brown and Seamus Power secured early 65s which bounced them up the leaderboard, but the real early impetus came from Tyler Duncan whose 63 made 34 spots on the leaderboard, up to 12-under 201.
Leaders: A late weather disruption caused delays but eventually Michael Kim's 64 opened up a five-shot advantage over the field on 22-under 191. Earlier Andres Romero had laced a 64 which got him into the top five, joining Bronson Burgoon, Matt Jones and Harold Varner III who each carded 66.
Leaderboard: -22 Michael Kim, -17 Bronson Burgoon, -16 Matt Jones, -15 Harold Varner III, -15 Andres Romero, Sam Ryder
Notables: -12 Francesco Molinari, -7 Zach Johnson,
Low round of the day: Duncan's 63
Revised outright betting: Kim 4/11, Burgoon 7/1, Jones 10/1, Varner III 16/1, Romero 40/1, Ryder 40/1
Sunday weather forecast
Temperatures in the mid-80s, with a good chance of rain, 75% humidity, but thunderstorms are unlikely. Wind negligible.
Leaders after at 54 holes
Michael Kim (64, 191) - Missed only two fairways and two greens, gained 3.210 strokes putting. His front nine was good (three birdies, one bogey), but it was a five-birdie blitz in the final six holes which opened up the gap on the field. Gave himself six looks at par breakers from inside 20-feet in that spell and made all but one.
Bronson Burgoon (66, 196) - Gave himself a 6'1" eagle look at the second, a kick-in birdie at the seventh, less than 6-feet for par breakers at 16 and 18, with a 17'1" effort in-between those the only on-the-green drama. Very neat.
Matt Jones (66, 195) - An early and late show from the Aussie: Back-to-back par breakers at the first and second, then a birdie at 14 and eagle at 17 to close.
Harold Varner III (66, 198) - All six of his birdies were from inside ten feet.
Fate of the Favourites
Francesco Molinari (70, 201) - Based on recent expectations just 64.29% of fairways hit is something of a shocker. Closed both nines clumsily: Double bogey-6 at the ninth; bogeys at 15 and 18.
Bryson DeChambeau - Withdrew during the first round, should be fine for the Open.
Zach Johnson (67, 206) - A neat enough lap but T39 and hasn't finished worse than T34 since 2008. On seven of those occasions he was top five and always broke 70 in the final lap so further progress might be expected.
Steve Stricker (71, 207): "It played a lot longer. Course played a lot longer. The greens were a little bit slower. I had a hard time getting the ball to the hole; I've had a hard time getting it to the hole all week. They've just been a little bit slower than normal."
Dylan Meyer (72, 208): "Not very good. Not a good day. Didn't hit it very well. Just kind of struggled to get it around. Didn't make any putts. I guess that's just golf and that's the way it goes. You're going to have them every once in a while. Just unfortunate I had to do it today on a very soft and gettable day."
Andres Romero (64, 199) on the hunt for the final Open Championship spot: "I always have the dream of going back to Carnoustie, so it's going to be a little bit of pressure, but I think I'm going to handle it."
Harold Varner III (66, 198): "Last week I got a little caught up in watching the leaderboard, which isn't bad. I believe it's just like basketball. You want to know where you are. Sometimes when you're doing that it doesn't change what you're about to do, but definitely in the back of your mind. So I am just going to do my thing. I think I can do something special tomorrow."
Bronson Burgoon (66, 196): "I don't know how I finished the way I did. I warmed up four times today. It was a grind out there. But glad to be done and ready to get some sleep."
Michael Kim (64, 191): "You know, coming into the day I kind of told myself, It's your birthday. Just try and have a stress-free day as possible. Very satisfied with the score I shot today."
Road to Victory at TPC Deere Run
2017 Bryson DeChambeau – R1: 8th, R2: 2nd, R3: 5th
2016 Ryan Moore – R1: 3rd, R2: 1st, R3: 1st
2015 Jordan Spieth – R1: 101st, R2: 16th, R3: 1st
2014 Brian Harman – R1: 1st, R2: 3rd, R3: 1st
2013 Jordan Spieth – R1: 64th, R2: 19th, R3: 9th
Notes: 18 winners in all, each one of them was T9 or better at 54 holes and 16 were T5 or better.
Fate of the 54-hole Leaders at TPC Deere Run - where did they finish?
2017 - Patrick Rodgers - 2nd
2016 - Ryan Moore - 1st
2015 - Jordan Spieth - 1st
2014 -Brian Harman - 1st
2013 - Daniel Summerhays - 4th
Notes: In all there have been nine winners from 24 leaders or co-leaders, but as the above information shows, three of the last four converted.
Focus on - Michael Kim
The 25-year-old grew up in the same town as Xander Schauffele, won the Jack Nicklaus Award for College Player of the Year in 2013, is a part of golf high school class of 2011 (Spieth, Thomas, Berger), won the Walker Cup with Thomas and Jordan Niebrugge, the Palmer Cup with Thomas and Berger, yet he's in totally new territory this week. He's yet to win on either the first or second tier and has never even led at the 54-hole stage. A five-shot lead is no bad way to start however. Twice he was top three at this point on the Web.com Tour, finishing T8 and T3. Three times he's been top three on the PGA Tour and the progress was not smooth the final day, reaping results of T24, T23 and T15. His PGA Tour final round average when in the top three after three rounds is 76.00. He'll surely need to improve that this Sunday.
Focus on - Parker McLachlin
It is one month shy of ten whole years since the 39-year-old won the Reno-Tahoe Open, his only PGA Tour success to date. Since then he has registered just one top 20 finish on either the PGA or Web.com Tours (T17 at the 2009 FBR Open). Moreover he hasn't featured in the top ten of an event at the end of any round since opening the 2010 Byron Nelson Championship with a 67 for T8. He told PGATour.com that he had "a dark period" in his career. "I couldn't stand on a tee and know if it was going 50 yards left or right. It was really challenging." He played a lot of minor tours, returned to the Web.com, "got my ass kicked", and then the rebuild began with Paul Azinger. This season he is 3-for-6; this week is a big opportunity. He's T17 heading into the final day.