SILVIS, IL - JULY 14: Zach Johnson hits his second shot on the fifth hole during the third round of the John Deere Classic held at TPC Deere Run on July 14, 2012 in Silvis, Illinois. (Photo by Michael Cohen/Getty Images)

John Deere Classic 2012: Zach Johnson Tops Troy Matteson In Playoff

Troy Matteson nearly took the John Deere Classic in wire-to-wire form, but Zach Johnson stepped in to take the tournament in a playoff.

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John Deere Classic 2012: Troy Matteson Leads After 3 Rounds, Stricker And Johnson Chasing

Troy Matteson leads the John Deere Classic by three strokes at 18-under after three rounds of play. He is in excellent position to capture his third career PGA title. A number of players put up fantastic scores on Saturday, but Matteson was able to hold on to the lead that he held at daybreak.

Unfortunately for Matteson, his lead probably should have been a bit bigger. He closed the day with a bogey on the 18th hole, his second on the back nine. His 5-under 66 was exactly the same score as the ones recorded by Steve Stricker and Zach Johnson, who will chase him on Saturday. Stricker sits at 15-under, while Johnson is 14-under. Brian Harmon is also 14-under par, while Billy Hurley, John Sendon and J.J. Henry remain in contention at 13-under.

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