Stories of fading hopes for the "Stricker Slam" may
have been a bit premature. Steve Stricker, searching for his fourth
consecutive John Deere Classic victory, has four birdies on his
back nine, three in a row from Nos. 14-16, to move to 15 under,
just two shots behind leader Troy Matteson. He heads to the
569-yard par-5 17th tied for second place with Brian Harman.
Stricker has birdied the 17th in each of the first two rounds.
Stricker picked up a fourth consecutive birdie on
No. 17 to move within one of the lead.