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Stricker Takes 2-Stroke Lead in Deere Classic
SILVIS, Ill. (AP) -- Steve Stricker has assumed a familiar spot atop the John Deere Classic leaderboard, shooting an 8-under-par 63 on Saturday to go up by two strokes after three rounds.

Stricker knocked in a 75-foot birdie putt on the first hole and went on to post his best round of the year while closing in on his third straight victory in the tournament.

He's at 20-under 193 following a par on save on 18, where he twice hit into bunkers before drilling a 15-foot putt.

Zimbabwean Brendon de Jonge is alone in second at 195 after matching Stricker's 63. Second-round leader Chez Reavie, who started the day two strokes up on Stricker, shot 68 and was 17 under, one ahead of Kyle Stanley (65).

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