Stricker Still On Top in Illinois





Steve Stricker lights up the John Deere Classic for the second year in a row. The American current leads in Illinois by six shots.

Stricker not only leads the event but has broken the record for the opening 54 holes of a PGA Tour event. The American opened the event with 60-66-62 for a total of 188 which is one stroke better than the previous record held by John Cook who hit 189 in the 1996 TPC Southwind.

Keeping up the pressure are two fellow Americans in Paul Goydos, who is still in contention after his opening day record breaking 59, and Jeff Maggert who tie second place with 19-under.

Rocco Mediate’s highlight of the day was a hole-in-one eagle but still trails by 14 after finishing the day with a 64. Another low round of 63 was shot by a former PGA Champion Shaun Micheel but that still wasn’t good enough to gain any ground on the high flying Stricker who looks set to win back to back John Deere Classics.

One of the casualties of the day was Aaron Baddeley who managed to drop 35 places shooting a 74 with four bogeys on the back nine. He will be looking at a better final day performance.

In a mostly North American field the highest placed European was awarded to Henrik Bjornstad who shot a solid 68 and the highest placed British player was Englands Brian Davis who finishes the day on seven-under.