The Starter: Round 2, John Deere Classictext sizeJuly 07, 2011
PGA TOUR staff
Groups we're watching Tee time Players 8:40 a.m. ET
Zach Johnson, Jonathan Byrd, Jhonattan Vegas
Johnson, at 5 under, leads this group but isn't the only player with a chance. Byrd is a past champ and Vegas had six straight birdies Thursday.
9 a.m. ET
Kris Blanks, James Driscoll, Billy Mayfair
There were no 59s or 60s on Thursday but Blakns birdied his final five holes to post the day's best score with a 63.
9 a.m. ET
Steve Marino, Will MacKenzie, Billy Mayfair
One of the best all-around groups Thursday, Marino is 5 under while Mackenzie and Mayfair checked in at 4 under.
1:45 p.m. ET
Steve Stricker, Mark Wilson
The third member of this group, David Toms, withdrew Thursday but two-time defending champion Stricker (-5) and Wilson (-6) complimented one another very well.
1:55 p.m. ET
Davis Love III, Paul Goydos, D.A. Points
Love was 7 under in Round 1 and led for much of the day. Goydos and Points, each at 5 under, are also in the hunt.
The second round of the John Deere Classic is set to begin. The Golf Channel will televise live action from 3 to 6 p.m ET.
WHAT TO WATCH IN ROUND 2: • FedExCup Race: Mark Wilson is currently two shots off the lead at TPC Deere Run. A victory this week would allow him to return to the top of the FedExCup standings. Projections
Round 2 weather forecast Mostly sunny
Temp: 87 high/67 low
Mostly sunner with early temperatures in the low 70s and winds around 10 mph.
Here are some of the players you'll see during Friday's coverage on the Golf Channel: DAVIS LOVE III In his admitted bid to make the Presidents Cup team in November, 2012 Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III opened with a bogey-free, 7-under 64 in round one. He needed just 25 putts to do so. The 64 was his best round since posting the same number in round two of the 2009 HP Byron Nelson Championship. MATT McQUILLAN PGA TOUR rookie Matt McQuillan shot his career-low round on TOUR, highlighted by seven birdies and an eagle. McQuillan earned his berth onto the PGA TOUR card via q-school, where he finished T16. He had never played a TOUR event prior to 2011. After a T54 in his first start, the Sony Open in Hawaii, he missed the cut in his ensuing 10 starts, coming into this week. MARK WILSON Amidst his best season to date, Wisconsin native Mark Wilson opened with a bogey-free 6-under 65. Wilson, who won his first and third starts of the season; the Sony Open in Hawaii and Waste Management Phoenix Open, is making his ninth start at the John Deere Classic. Of eight previous starts at the John Deere Classic, Wilson has not had an ideal record. He has missed half of the cuts and has never finished better than T39.
• British Open Champions: With the British Open the week following the John Deere Classic, there are five former Open champions in the field including defending Open champion Louis Oosthuizen, Stewart Cink, John Daly, David Duval and Todd Hamilton.