PGA Tour

Tringale, Landry lead John Deere as Vegas fades

Andrew Landry (Getty)
Andrew Landry (Getty)

Illinois - Andrew Landry and Cameron Tringale opened up a one-shot lead at the PGA Tour's John Deere Classic on Saturday after Jhonattan Vegas' challenge imploded.

Landry followed up his back-to-back 65s over the first two rounds with a four-under-par 67 at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Illinois.

That was good enough to send him to the top of the leaderboard alongside Tringale, who carded seven birdies against one bogey on his way to a six-under-par 65.

Tringale is yet to win a solo title on the PGA Tour while Landry is chasing only his second career win following victory in the Valero Texas Open last year.

Tringale's low-scoring round came despite a bogey on the first hole. He recovered from that setback with birdies on the 2nd and 3rd, before making three more before the turn.

Two birdies and seven pars down the stretch brought him home at six under, for a 16-under aggregate.

Landry and Tringale have little breathing space at the top of the leaderboard, with two players, 2011 FedEx Cup champion Bill Haas and Adam Schenk lurking just one shot back on 15 under.

Haas put himself in contention with a bogey-free seven-under-par 64 as he chases a first tournament win since 2015.

Haas launched his low-scoring round with a monster 43-foot birdie putt on the par-three third and never looked back.

Two more birdies on the 7th and 8th holes were followed by four more on the back nine to leave the American within sight of ending a miserable run of form that has included 16 missed cuts in 40 events since 2018.

Just one adrift of Haas and Schenk are four players clustered at 14 under: Nick Watney, who also had a 64, Ryan Moore who carded a 65, Vaughn Taylor (66) and South Africa's Dylan Frittelli, who posted a 65.

But while the leaders were left dreaming of mounting a charge for victory on Sunday, it was a day to forget for Venezuela's three-time PGA Tour winner Vegas.

The overnight leader after a sensational 62 on Friday, which he described as his best round of the year, Vegas' hopes of a first win since victory at the 2017 Canadian Open went up in smoke with a disastrous five-over-par 76.

Vegas started smoothly, pocketing two birdies over the first two holes. But a bogey on the 5th hole was followed by a double-bogey on the 6th.

Two more bogeys on the 8th and 9th and three more on back nine completed a miserable outing, which left him eight off the lead.

Leading scores after Saturday's third round of the PGA Tour's John Deere Classic at Silvis, Illinois (par-71, USA unless noted):

197 - Cameron Tringale 66-66-65, Andrew Landry 65-65-67

198 - Bill Haas 66-68-64, Adam Schenk 67-65-66

199 - Nick Watney 68-67-64, Dylan Frittelli (RSA) 66-68-65, Ryan Moore 67-67-65, Vaughn Taylor 65-68-66

200 - Chris Stroud 68-66-66, Roger Sloan (CAN) 68-65-67, Lucas Glover 67-64-69

201 - Sepp Straka (AUT) 70-67-64, Collin Morikawa 70-66-65

202 - Sebastian Munoz (COL) 70-68-64, Nick Taylor (CAN) 67-69-66, Scott Stallings 69-67-66, Wes Roach 69-67-66, Im Sung-jae (KOR) 68-67-67, Kyle Stanley 68-66-68, Bud Cauley 67-67-68

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