John Deere Classic: Daniel Summerhays In Unfamiliar Territory Heading Into Final Round

By Carl Conrad
Daniel Summerhays John Deere Classic
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Someone forgot to tell Daniel Summerhays that the John Deere Classic belongs to Zach Johnson. Summerhays, currently at 19 under par, will take a two shot lead over David Hearn and a three shot lead over Johnson into the final round.

Summerhays was one of many golfers that were able to take advantage of perfect conditions on moving day at TPC Deere Run. He tied the low round of the tournament with a 62 in the third round and has put himself in a somewhat unfamiliar position. His best result in 2013 was a tie for seventh at the Valero Texas Open and the best finish of his career was a tie for fourth at last year’s Memorial Tournament.

The beginning of his final round is going to be key for Summerhays. How he handles unfamiliar pressure over the first few holes will certainly set the tone for his round. Summerhays definitely doesn’t seem shaken and appears to have the right attitude heading into the final 18 holes of the tournament. “I think when I’m playing well the mentality is make as many birdies as you can,” Summerhays said. “I’m really looking forward to (Sunday). I’m playing really well.”

He will have to walk a fine line between aggressive and strategic play tomorrow, depending upon the situation at the time. It’s going to be tempting for him to attack some pins that he might be better off playing away from. That’s going to be the struggle for him tomorrow, especially if he’s playing well and is brimming with confidence.


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