Zach Johnson, William McGirt Tied as John Deere Classic Hits Turn

Apparently Zach Johnson is pretty intent on making up for last year’s playoff loss at the John Deere Classic.

Johnon followed up his opening-round 63 with a 4-under 67 to remain tied for first place at 12-under through two rounds at the TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Illinois.

Johnson shook off three bogeys with seven birdies, including four in a five-hole stretch on the back nine to forge  a tie with William McGirt, who shot a 5-under 66 that started with four straight birdies.

The pair are one stroke ahead of the trio of Steven Bowditch, Johnson Wagner and Brian Harman. Wagner tied for the best round of the day with a 6-under 65 – comprised of an eagle 3 on No. 2 and four birdies in his final seven holes.

Three-time tournament Steve Stricker also shot a 65 on Friday, helping him to four-way tie for sixth at 9-under. Stricker, who began the day tied for 24th, racked up five birdies in his first eight holes.

Defending champion Jordan Spieth fired his way back into contention with a 7-under 64, tying him for 16th with the only man who enjoyed a better round on Friday, South Africa’s Tim Clark.

Clark recorded an 8-under 63, birdying the first five holes in succession, then three more on the back nine to rise from 101st to 16th. Spieth’s 64 saw him hit birdies back-to-back three different times.

With conditions pristine, the cut was set at 2-under, sending home the likes of John Huh, Chris Kirk, Billy Hurley III and D.A. Points.

 

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