There are two players tie at the top of the John Deere Classic leaderboard at TPC Deere Run. Charles Howell 111 and Ollie Schniederjans share the honor with opening rounds of 63.
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Charles was bogey free, Ollie carded one bogey in his round of 63, and they topped the John Deere Classic leaderboard by two shots.
Charles played well last week, but said to win here you would need to play well with the putter;
“This morning without traffic, they were rolling like carpet.”
“This morning was absolutely the best scoring we’ll see all week, which would also lead me to believe that tomorrow morning you’re going to see some low scores as well. “
“Here, it’s about minimizing bogeys as much as you can and take advantage of the holes that you need to.”
“I went to Quicken Loans quite honestly not prepared to play well. I had only been hitting balls for four or five days prior to that event.”
“Expectations were extremely low and I played well. I know that’s a good lesson for myself and all golfers. But yeah, then here this week, this is a tournament that’s obviously very special to me.”
“Here it’s about minimizing bogeys as much as you can and take advantage of the holes that you need to.”
“The hard holes are still hard, and the easy holes you can take advantage of.”
“But anyone this week that’s going to contend to win, you’re going to have to putt well for four days.”
Ollie started slowly, then made birdie on five of his last eight holes;
“I haven’t had a great start really all year on the first round.”
“I have had some decent first rounds and good Fridays, but this is the first really good round I’ve had on Thursday.”
“It’s nice to get off to a good start and hopefully keep it going.”
Four players are then tied in third place two shots back at -6 under par after their first rounds of 65. Zach Johnson, Patrick Rogers, Rory Sabbatini and Chad Campbell.
Zach is comfortable with this course;
“With this Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday rain we had, it’s one of those you feel like you got to keep the pedal down.”
“The course is still nice. I was surprised we didn’t play it up today. I technically only had 1 1/2 mud balls probably, so that was pretty good considering.”
“I’m very comfortable with this golf course, essentially any condition.”
“All that being said, you still have to execute. Thursday was one of those good days.”