McQuillan Marches Into Sunday at John Deere Classic

It was not quite the Saturday he wanted but in the grand scheme of things it was not all that bad for PGA Tour rookie Matt McQuillan.   The 30 year-old Kingston had to settle for a one under par score of 70 in the third round of the John Deere Classic, leaving him in a logjam at -10 with just one round to play.  Unfortunately for McQuillan he did bogey two of his last three holes on Saturday, valuable shots in a tight-packed field where a single stroke can push you past or set you back ten players at a time.

In a tie for 14th position, every stroke will mean a big difference in McQuillan’s second paycheck of the 2011 PGA Tour season on Sunday.  With a first place prize of $810,000 on the line tomorrow any finish inside the top 12 (with no ties) will secure him more than $100,000.  His largest paycheck to date in his career was the $25,000 he earned for for share of 16th place at the 2010 PGA Tour Qualifying School.

McQuillan will tee off at 11:56 EST on Sunday in a twosome with 2-time United States Open Champion Lee Janzen.

The Kingstonian starts the last day a hefty ten strokes back of 2-time defending champion Steve Stricker who is two strokes clear of the field.

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