Cal Golf: Collin Morikawa Within Striking Distance of Lead at John Deere Classic

Jeff Faraudo

Recent Cal grad Collin Morikawa fired a six-under par 65 on Saturday and sits in a tie for 12th place entering the final round of the John Deere Classic PGA event at Silvis, Illinois.

Morikawa has a three-round score of 12-under par 201 at the TPC Deere Run course and is just four strokes off the lead, shared by two players.

In just his fifth professional tournament, Morikawa is poised for his second top-10 finish. Or better.

He shot a one-under par 70 on Thursday, improved to 66 on Friday, then topped that Saturday to climb from 32nd place to 12th.

Scores have been low all week, but Morikawa’s 65 was just one stroke off the best 18-hole total any golfer has put up over three days. His scorecard in the third round included six birdies and no bogeys.

Americans Cameron Tringale and Andrew Landry share the lead with a score of 16-under par 198.

The tournament’s defending champion is Michael Kim, who was the collegiate national player of the year in 2012-13 while at Cal. But Kim shot a three-over score of 145 through Friday’s second round and did not make the cut.

The John Deere Classic has a $6 million total purse.