Round 2 wrap-up: Matteson steady at the top of John Deere Classic

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July 13, 2012
PGA TOUR staff

SILVIS, Ill. (AP) -- Troy Matteson shot a 3-under 68 for a one-stroke lead over Jeff Maggert and Brian Harman after two rounds of the John Deere Classic on Friday.

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Matteson was at 13-under 129.

Maggert's bogey-free round of 9-under 62 moved him from 39th place after the first round to a tie for second. He birdied half the holes at TPC Deere Run, including five of his last nine.

Harman had a second straight 65, the last two of his seven birdies coming after a 48-minute thunderstorm delay.

Matteson bogeyed the par-4 18th after getting four birdies in the first 17 holes.

Maggert one-putted 10 greens and saved par twice en route to matching his career-low round. He finished by making a 13-foot birdie putt on the par-4 ninth hole.

"I saw the putts better today," Maggert said. "But I'm going to be aggressive tomorrow. I feel I need another really low round Saturday or Sunday, 7- or 8-under, to be in contention. The last few years, guys have really been lighting it up here."

Including Maggert's 62 and Matteson's first-round 61, there have been eight rounds of 62 or lower at TPC Deere Run in the past five years, and 11 since the tournament moved to the course in 2000. The best effort was Paul Goydos' Tour-record-tying 59 two years ago.

J.J. Henry, Gary Christian, Robert Garrigus and Ricky Barnes are tied for fourth at 11-under 131.

A trio of players are at 10-under 132, including three-time defending champion Steve Stricker, whose 4-under 67 placed him within striking distance with 36 holes to play. Tommy Biershenk and two-time U.S. Open champion Lee Janzen are also at 132.

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Zach Johnson shot 6-under 65 and was at 9-under 133.

Harman, in the next-to-last group, finished off his 65 by chipping in for birdie on the ninth hole.

Henry was 7 under in his first 11 holes, then finished with a 64 despite soft conditions that allowed players to aim shots directly at the hole.

"You jump the leaderboard when you least expect it," Henry said. "I was able to make that run today. You make par here, you get run over."

Christian, a 40-year-old PGA TOUR rookie, said that his 5-under 66 was achieved "the way I envisioned playing. This would be the nearest thing to approach being in the mythical `zone' -- but not quite there."

An eagle on the par-5 second hole jump-started his day. A bogey on the par-4 15th marred his scorecard, but he's closer to the lead than he's been all year, a season with only two top-20 finishes in 18 starts. His best finish was a tie for 14th at the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation.

Garrigus added a 66 to an opening 65.

Stricker's quest for a fourth straight John Deere title included five birdies after a bogey on his second hole of the day.

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"I like the spot I'm in," Stricker said of being three strokes behind. "I'd rather kind of be there at this point."

After the round, Stricker went to the putting green to work on his stroke, despite taking only 29 putts.

"I'm hitting better putts," Stricker said. "I feel my confidence coming back. I'm standing over putts thinking I've got a good opportunity to make `em, even from 20 to 30 feet."

TPC Deere Run: Round 2
EASIEST HOLE TOUGHEST HOLE
The par-5 second hole was the easiest with a Friday scoring average of 4.370.
EAGLES: 7 BIRDIES: 88 PARS: 54 BOGEYS: 5 OTHER: 0
The par-4 ninth hole was the toughest with a Friday scoring average of 4.227.
EAGLES: 0 BIRDIES: 13 PARS: 100
BOGEYS: 35 OTHERS: 6
About the leader
• Dating to 1971, the only two wire-to-wire winners of the John Deere Classic were David Frost in 1997 and Scott Hoch in 1980. D.A. Weibring won in wire-to-wire fashion in 1995, but the event was shortened to 54 holes.
• Mattesons 36-hole total of 13-under 129 is three strokes shy of Strickers 2010 record of 16-under 126 for the lowest first 36-hole score at TPC Deere Run.
• Mattesons 13-under through the first two rounds is five strokes shy of his 36-hole best. In rounds two and three of the 2009 Frys.com Open, he posted back-to-back, 9-under 61s for an 18-under 132, a TOUR record (by a stroke over Strickers 61-62 at the 2009 Humana Challenge).
• Matteson has previously held at least a share of a 36-hole lead three times, most recently at last years Puerto Rico Open. He finished second.
• Making his seventh consecutive start at the John Deere Classic, Troy Matteson has previously finished T10 (2010) and T3 (2007) at TPC Deere Run.
• Matteson, who was roommates at Georgia Tech with Matt Weibring, son of TPC Deere Run designer D.A.
• Matteson, who missed his first five cuts to start this season, is making his 22nd start this week. He is in search of his first top-10 finish since a playoff loss to Michael Bradley at the 2011 Puerto Rico Open.

The cut came at 4-under 136 and encompassed 77 players, including amateur Jordan Spieth at 5-under 137. Former major champions John Daly, Stewart Cink, David Duval, Shaun Micheel and Todd Hamilton missed the cut. Bryce Molder withdrew after an opening 74.

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