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Zach, Stricker and Spieth lurking at John Deere Classic

Second Round Update – PGA Tour – John Deere Classic –TPC Deere Run – Silvia, Illinois–

As the overnight leaders have yet to tee off in round two of the John Deere Classic, veteran Jerry Kelly propelled himself into the lead by two shots.

Kelly, who finished T-4 here last year just a shot out of the playoff, is 5-under through 13 holes at TPC Deere Run in the second round to reach 10-under overall.

He is two ahead of Justin Hicks (who is through 10holes in round two) and the overnight trio of leaders – Zach Johnson, Rory Sabbatini and Brian Harman.

Johnson was a 59 watch Thursday after opening up 8-under through 10 holes before settling for pars the rest of the round. He was a 12-to-1 betting pick heading into the week at Skybet.com, while Harman was 80-1 and Sabbatini was 125-1.

Since he has not won in several seasons and he’s pushing 50, Kelly was a 100-1 selection.

Mr. TPC Deere Run Steve Stricker is also making a move in round two. The past champion here multiple times over reached 6-under overall with a half dozen holes to play. He is T-11 at the moment.

After opening his title defense with a 71 Thursday, Jordan Spieth ramped up his game Friday. He is 7-under through 13 and now T-6.

Other Golf News:

  • Although Ricardo Gonzalez is 9-under and leading at the moment by three shots, Rory McIlroy is still the story at the European Tour’s Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open. After opening with 64 Thursday, Rory is 6-over on his round Friday slipping to T-28 at the moment. Justin Rose is T-3 after shooting 69-68.
  • American Mo Martin leads the RICOH Women’s British Open Championship at 5-under overall at the moment. She is 2-under through nine holes in round two at Royal Birkdale and now two shots ahead of the field including Beatriz Recari, who carded a 67 in round two.
  • Colin Montgomerie (6-under-65 in the opening round) continues to lead the U.S. Senior Open, conducted by the United States Golf Association. He tees off in round two later today. Vijay Singh is making a move. He is 3-over on his round and now 5-under overall and just a shot back. Bernhard Langer carded a 69 in the opening round.
  • Several pre-tournament favorites including Michelle Wie and Karrie Webb are struggled in England. Wie is T-94 at the moment at 9-over and is in danger of missing the cut. Defending champion Stacy Lewis shot 71-74 and is just outside the Top 10 at the moment.
  • Martin’s best finish of 2014 was a T-13 at the ShopRite LPGA Classic. She missed the cut the U.S. Women’s Open.