(Silvis) Brendon Todd struggled to par on the 18th hole, but he stalled a 12-foot putt and took the lead with a stroke after three rounds at the John Deere Classic.

Todd returned 66 (minus-5) despite windy conditions and found himself at minus-16 after 54 holes at TPC Deere Run.

The three-time PGA Tour winner sent his tee shot into a fairway pit at 18th. He had to hit the ball with one foot in the bunker and the other much higher up the turf. He advanced 65 yards, setting the stage for a 105-yard approach.

“It allowed me to finish the round bogey-free and in the lead,” Todd said. You always want to be the guy other people are chasing. »

Todd had an eagle on the second hole, a par-5, and birdies on the 13th, 15th and 16th holes. He hasn’t won on the PGA Tour since back-to-back triumphs in Bermuda and Mexico in November 2019.

Alex Smalley (62), Denny McCarthy (66) and Adam Schenk (67) tied for second at 15 under.

“It was pretty windy,” McCarthy said. I hit several good shots early in the day, but missed a few short putts. I had to compensate with other good cannon shots. »

Canadian Adam Svensson completed his round in 67 shots to settle into a tie for 16th at 11 under.