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Davis Thompson leads John Deere Classic by two strokes heading into Sunday

Nine birdies from American Davis Thompson catapulted him to the top of the John Deere Classic leaderboard with one round to play.

Soft conditions on the TPC Deere Run in Illinois continued to bring low scores, Thompson moving to 21-under-par,  two clear of England's Aaron Rai and fellow American Eric Cole.

"I guess it was just my day today," said Thompson, who is seeking his first PGA Tour victory. "The guys behind me are playing really well.

"I know it's going to be tough to finish off a golf tournament, but I've done it before. I just have to stay present-minded."

With the final day being played in threesomes with a delayed start in a bid to beat storms, overnight co-leader Rai will play in the last group for the second successive week.

He had six birdies in a round of 66 as he bids to go one better than his second place at the Rocket Mortgage Classic last week.

Hayden Springer, who shot a 59 on the opening day, is a further two strokes back on 17-under-par after a 66, alongside Taiwan's CT Pan.

Rookie Michael Thorbjohnsen and amateur Luke Clanton are among those on 16-under-par, while a third-round 70 saw England's Harry Hall tumble down the leaderboard to seven shots adrift.

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