John Deere Classic, Troy Matteson still leads going into the weekend


Troy Matteson still leads the John Deere Classic going into the weekend, shooting a second round -3 under par 68, for a tournament total of -13 under par at TPC Deere Run, Silvis, Illinois. It was not quite as spectacular as yesterdays 61, but still good enough to give him a one shot lead over the field on the day. Troy spoke about returning to the course after yesterday’s magical 61;

“It’s just always tough when you shoot a low one to come to the golf course the next day, I got here early. You get a little out of sync because you’re anxious to get out there and play and see what you do. But, you know, all in all I felt pretty good with what we did today.  Because we did hit the loose shots that we hit, we got away with most of  them.”

Following close behind, just one shot off the pace are Jeff Maggert and Brian Harman, who are tied in second spot at -12 under par. Jeff is there courtesy of a great round of -9 under par 62, and Brian with a second successive -6 under 65 on this par 71 layout. There are another four players a further shot back at -11 under par, they are; J.J. Henry, Ricky Barnes, the new slim Robert Garrigus and England’s Gary Christian. Gary must be feeling the odd man out, he is the only non-American in the top ten places.

Steve Stricker Steve remained in the hunt for a record-tying fourth straight title at the John Deere Classic. Steve is attempting to become the fifth player in golf history to win the same tournament four times in succession, joining Young Tom Morris (British Open 1868-70, 1872), Walter Hagen (PGA Championship 1924-27), Gene Sarazen (Miami Open 1926, 1928-30), and Tiger Woods (Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard 2000-03; Buick Invitational 2005-08) and he is certainly capable of making history this weekend. Steve is under no illusion as to what it is gong to take;

” I need a low round, that’s what it’s going to take.  One of these two rounds on Saturday or Sunday I’m going to have to put up a real low one and get right in there.”

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Missing the cut of -4 under par was a long list of top names, including last weeks play-off competitor Troy Kelly, along with last weeks second placed Charlie Beljan, Boo Weekly, Chucky three sticks, Jhonattan Vegas, David Duval, Sean O’Hair, John Daly and Stewart Cink.

Humana Challenge – Mark Wilson Wins

Mark Wilson won the 2012 Humana Challenge at La Quinta by two shots from Johnson Wagner, John Mallinger and Robert Garragus. Mark’s last round 69 gave him a total of -24 for the tournament. He and Robert Garragus vied for the lead during the round, something that Mark touched on during his after tournament interview ;

Wilson interview after winning Humana Challenge

“It feels good obviously here with the trophy. The day went not as planned really, but I guess it never does, but last time I came out here I shot sixty two. So of course had those images in mind. Made a bad swing on the third hole, and just kinda hit a lot of good shots. The pins were in tough spots, to get close to, so I was really patient, and then birdying number eleven. I played that hole very smart, and then holed the bunker shot on twelve, really gave me momentum to go in the right direction. And I felt like Robert and I really had a good time, and Zach for that matter. But Robert and I kinda going back and forth. We enjoyed that, both making the putts on sixteen, and the it just came down to eighteen. And I didn’t want to give him a chance to make that putt and to tie me. So thankfully I rolled mine in and got it done.

Phil Mickelson finished with a round of 69, but never really recovered from the first round 74, which left him way off the pace. He is still hopeful of competing successfully during the West Coast swing.

Kiwi Danny Lee finished tied for 66th place after a poor last round of 74 and will be aiming to improve his challenge over four really competitive rounds next time out.

Highest placed  Englishman was Gary Christian who had a great last round of 64, tied 14th at -17. But he was unable to mount a serious challenge after his third round collapse of 73, too much of a mountain to climb.