John Deere Classic. Steve Wheatcroft Leads.

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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.”

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