Patrick Rodgers grabs lead at John Deere Classic, Bryson DeChambeau chasing

Evrard Martin
Juillet 15, 2017

Rodgers followed in the footsteps of Woods by playing his college golf at Stanford University, where he won 11 amateur tournaments to match the tally of his illustrious predecessor.

John Deere specialist Zach Johnson, who fired a 67, and first-round co-leader Charles Howell III (69) were tied in third place on 10-under at the halfway point of the tournament.

Defending champion Ryan Moore had a 74 in his return from a strained tendon in his left shoulder that sidelined him for five weeks. A breakthrough week for the IN native would not only give him his first tour title, but also earn him a spot IN next week's Open Championship.

Third-placed Johnson, meanwhile, continued his remarkable form in his hometown event, where he finished in the top three six times over seven years from 2009 to 2015, including a win in 2012. It's his 78th career TOUR start (75 pro), and this is his first 36-hole lead/co-lead. This tournament normally sees something around 22 under for the victor, and he knows he'll have to keep the gas down with guys like Zach Johnson, Charles Howell III and DeChambeau chasing. The two veterans have already wrapped up spots in next week's major at Royal Birkdale.

Chesson Hadley (64), Chad Campbell (68), Kevin Tway (63) and J.J. Henry (64) are a stroke further back at nine under. It's just his fifth start on the PGA Tour in 2017. Schniederjans birdied five of his last eight holes in what was his lowest round on the PGA Tour. The former Georgia Tech All-American went from PGA Tour victor and rookie of the year in 2014 to losing his card at the end of the 2016 season, but has shown resilience, and is taking advantage of his latest opportunity this week. But Tway's tee shot on his 17th hole found the rough and he was forced to settle for a bogey.

Johnson, a two-time major victor, mixed seven birdies with a bogey as he looks to add to his 2012 victory at the PGA Tour event.

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