Johnson shares lead with McGirt at John Deere Classic

Fri Jul 11, 2014 10:31pm EDT
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(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...

Jun 12, 2014; Pinehurst, NC, USA;  Zach Johnson tees off on the 10th tee during the first round of the 2014 U.S. Open golf tournament at Pinehurst Resort Country Club - #2 Course. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports