Zach Johnson and William McGirt share the lead at -12 under heading into the weekend at the John Deere Classic. Both Johnson and McGirt shot bogey free first rounds and followed that up with productive second rounds with McGirt shooting a -5 under 66 and Johnson shooting a -4 under 67. The big key thus far for Johnson is that he has been absolutely tearing up the back nine.
In the first round, Johnson birdied six holes to shoot a -6, 30. In the second round, Johnson birdied five holes, but bogeyed two, to still shoot a very respectable -3, 33. If Johnson wins the John Deere Classic, it may be because of his success on the back nine.
While McGirt and the 2012 winner have a share of the lead heading into the weekend, the three time winner, Steve Stricker, is just three strokes back in a tie for 6th.
Last year’s winner, Jordan Spieth, struggled after round 1 shooting an even 71, but got things back on track shooting a -7 under, 64 to get him back in contention heading into the weekend. Spieth sits five shots back in a tie for 16th.
This year’s Texas Open champion, Steven Bowditch, is looking for his second win of the year. Bowditch is just one shot back in a tie for third along with Johnson Wagner and Brian Harman.
Rory Sabbatini, who was in a three way tie for the lead after round 1, was unable to keep things going as he shot just a -1 under for the round birding three and bogeying two. Sabbatini is at -9 in a tie for 6th along with Stricker, Ryan Moore, and Todd Hamilton.
Russell Henley and John Senden, both winners on the Tour already this year, are sitting tied for 25th at -5 under, along with Daniel Summerhays as well. A couple of other notables: Davis Love III is in a tie for 49th at -3 and Harris English shot a +2 over, 73 in round 2 and just barely made the cut. English is -2 in a tie for 57th.
It’s also worth highlighting Tim Clark as he had the lowest second round shooting an -8 under 63 to propel him up to a tie for 16th. With the way this year has gone and with the way TPC Deere Run plays, virtually everybody that made the cut is still in contention.