Johnson shares lead with McGirt at John Deere Classic
(Reuters) - Former Masters champion Zach Johnson shot a four-under 67 to share a one-stroke lead with William McGirt after the second round of the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Illinois on Friday.
Johnson, 2007 winner at Augusta, and McGirt were 12-under for a total of 130, a stroke ahead of fellow Americans Johnson Wagner and Brian Harman, and Australian Steven Bowditch at TPC Deere Run.
Johnson's round was his 22nd in the 60s in succession on a course less than 100 miles from his birth place across the Mississippi River in Iowa.
"I can plot my way around here," said 2012 winner Johnson, who is not a long hitter.
"I don't feel like you have to kill it. There is some strategic golf involved. I could pick this round apart but it was a really good day."
Steve Stricker moved into contention, ending the day in a group tied for sixth at nine-under, including South African Rory Sabbatini.
The 47-year-old American stormed home with five birdies on his inward half for a 65.
“At times I didn’t think it was going to happen and then the second nine I really started to do some nice things,” Stricker told Golf Channel.
“There were a couple of nice saves that kept the momentum going too.” Continued...