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Matteson Leads John Deere by 3

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As far as the multitudes of fans pouring into the John Deere Classic are concerned, the leaderboard couldn’t be any better than this for today’s final round.

Steve Stricker, going for an historic fourth straight title, is in the final twosome. Iowa resident Zach Johnson, a long-time tournament board member who has spurred the JDC’s popularity among PGA Tour players, will be playing just in front of him.

The only trouble is, Troy Matteson owns a 3-stroke lead and shows no signs of giving it up in the lone PGA Tour stop in Illinois in 2012. He’ll be trying to become the 41-year old tourney’s first wire-to-wire winner since D.A. Webring in 1995, when the event was held at Oakwood Country Club instead of TPC Deere Run — a Weibring design that has been the home course since 2000.

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