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Patrick Rodgers leads by two at John Deer Classic

By The Sports Xchange
Patrick Rodgers leads by two at John Deer Classic
Zach Johnson is near the leaderboard at the John Deere Classic. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

Patrick Rodgers fired a 7-under-par 64 on Friday to take a two-shot lead after the second round of the John Deere Classic at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill.

Rodgers, who started on the back nine, had five birdies over a seven-hole stretch on the front nine before closing with his only bogey of the day to finish at 13-under 129.

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"It was nice to keep making birdies and keep the gas pedal down," Rodgers said. "It was tricky this afternoon with some breeze, but I know 13-under is not going to win the golf tournament, so I got to keep that same mindset for the next two rounds."

Bryson DeChambeau was second (131) after shooting a 65 that included eight birdies and two bogeys.

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Zach Johnson, the 2012 John Deere Classic champion who hails from nearby Cedar Rapids, Iowa, had a 67 and is tied with Charles Howell III, the co-leader after the first round, at 10 under.

After opening with a 63, Howell shot 69 on Friday. He parred the first nine holes before picking up three birdies and a bogey.

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"We had a little bit of a breeze out there today," Howell said. "I can't believe the temperatures. Usually it's 100 degrees here in Moline in July. It was a great day. We just really didn't get much going until the very end there."

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Kevin Tway (63), Chesson Hadley (64), Chad Campbell (68) and J.J. Henry (64) were at 9 under. Tway fired the low round of the day and had stretch of seven birdies in a row.

"I was kind of hoping it would never stop, but it did," Tway said. "I missed a short putt on 6. Yeah, just a lot of the long putts made and a lot of good shots being close. Some were easy and some were good putts."

First-round co-leader Ollie Schniederjans shot a 3-over 74 and was tied for 29th (137).

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Bubba Watson and Davis Love III (139) were tied for 55th, and three-time John Deere Classic champion Steve Stricker (140) was tied for 70th.

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