Steve Wheatcroft leads the John Deere Classic after the first round with a sizzling 62 at TPC Deere Run.
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Steve carded -9 under par 62 to lead the John Deere Classic on day one of the tournament, to lead by one shot;
“I wanted to just go to the first tee and start the second round.”
“I’m 40 years old; I’m realistic about where I’m at in my career at this point.”
“I’m well back in the FedExCup, I’ve got a long ways to go.”
“It’s been a brutal year, to be honest with you.”
“It’s probably the worst year I’ve had so far, but I don’t feel like I’m playing the worst golf of my career. I actually feel like I’m playing some good golf, I’m just not getting the results out of it.”
“It’s a weird thing to say; until you go through it, it’s kind of hard to explain.”
“But, you know, I feel like it’s close; 62 didn’t surprise me. Maybe a little bit with the new driver getting it into play, but it was rock-solid today and the rest of the game was there.”
Michael Kim is in second place after his opening round of -8 under 63, good putting being the key;
“Been struggling with the putter a little bit, but I got a good mental note from the morning warmup (Thursday) and rolled it great.”
Four players are then tied in third place at -7 under par after rounds of 64; Johnson Wagner and Joel Dahmen of USA, with Andres Romero, Argentina and Nick Taylor, Canada.
Johnson made over 131 feet of putts in his round;
“It was just kind of one of those days where I couldn’t miss.”