Not surprisingly, there are already some low numbers being shot in the early stages of the opening round at TPC Deere Run, where Davis Love III and Paul Goydos are each 5 under through 11 holes.
Goydos of course opened last year’s tournament with a 59 before going on to finish second.
Seven others, meanwhile, are a shot back at 4 under. Among them? Steve Stricker. He’s won there the last two years and is again in position, at least early on, to make a run at a third straight title.
Stricker is looking to become just the ninth different player since World War II to win a PGA TOUR event three straight years. Last year, he became the first player to win the event in back-to-back years since David Frost achieved the feat at Oakwood CC in 1992 and 1993.