Patrick Rodgers ready to attack


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Patrick Rodgers admits he must attack during the final day of the John Deere Classic in Illinois, where he will start Sunday’s round with a two-shot lead.

Rodgers, 3.30 to win the tournament, managed to keep his composure to record a 68 during his third round on Saturday.

The American had taken control after a 64 on Friday and he is still the man to beat at TPC Deere Run.

The 25-year-old is looking to win his first PGA Tour title this weekend and he managed to keep his game together after bogeys at the ninth and 15th.

Three consecutive par putts on his final three holes helped him retain his two-shot lead and Rodgers admits he must go on the offensive on Sunday.

He told Sky Sports: “It for sure wasn’t my best stuff, but I’ll definitely take it; maintaining the lead that I had at the start of the day.

“It’s a nice course to have the lead because you can’t really play hold-on golf out here. You have got to stay aggressive and I knew that 13 under wouldn’t be very good at the end of the weekend and 16 under is not going to win tomorrow.

“So I have got to keep the gas pedal down all day tomorrow.” Rodgers is currently being tracked by Daniel Berger and Scott Stallings, who sit on 14-under par in a tie for second.

Berger’s 63 should have given him plenty of confidence and he is also priced at 3.30 to win the event.

Nicholas Lindheim is one shot back in fourth, while Jamie Lovemark, J.J. Henry and Bryson DeChambeau are in a tie for fifth, four strokes behind Rodgers.

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