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Rodgers takes 2-stroke lead in John Deere Clas­sic

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Pa­trick Rodgers shot a 7-un­der 64 on Fri­day to take a two-shot lead af­ter the sec­ond round of the John Deere Clas­sic. Rodgers had eight birdies and a bo­gey to fin­ish at 13-un­der 129 at TPC Deere Run. Fin­ish­ing on the front nine, he had five birdies in a seven-hole stretch be­fore clos­ing with a bo­gey on the par-4 ninth.

“It was nice to keep mak­ing birdies and keep the gas pedal down,” Rodgers said. “It was tricky with some breeze, but I know 13 un­der is not go­ing to win the golf tour­na­ment. So, I got to keep that same mind­set for the next two rounds.”

Bryson DeCham­beau was sec­ond af­ter a 65. Lo­cal fa­vorite Zach John­son, the 2012 win­ner, had a 67 to join Charles How­ell III, the co-leader af­ter the first round, at 10 un­der. How­ell fol­lowed his open­ing 63 with a 69. Kevin Tway (63), Ches­son Hadley (64), Chad Camp­bell (68) and J.J. Henry (64) were 9 un­der.

Tway had nine birdies in a 10-hole stretch en route to the best round of the day. Hadley is com­ing off a vic­tory to­day in the Web.com Tour event in New York. Rodgers, the 25-year-old for­mer Stan­ford star who is win­less on the PGA Tour, has fol­lowed the for­mula that many play­ers have used to win at TPC Deere Run - con­vert­ing make­able birdies and largely avoid­ing mis­takes.Rodgers also made his fair share of tough shots, no­tably chip­ping in from 50 feet on the par-3 third hole and hol­ing a 50-foot birdie putt on the sev­enth hole. “I put to­gether a re­ally nice round. Was very much in con­trol. Rolled in some nice putts and stayed very pa­tient,” Rodgers said.

DeCham­beau, who was just above the FedEx Cup play­off cut line en­ter­ing the week­end, sur­vived a pair of early bo­geys to grab sec­ond place.

Tway was strug­gling to stay above the cut line when he went on his birdie binge, mak­ing seven in a row at one point. But Tway’s tee shot on his 17th hole found the rough and he was forced to set­tle for a bo­gey.

Tway’s round, the best of his ca­reer, was high­lighted by a 28-foot birdie putt on the for­giv­ing third hole. “I was kind of hop­ing it would never stop,” Tway said. “You’ve got to make a lot of birdies around here.”

Hadley said af­ter his bo­gey-free round that he felt like he was play­ing with “house money” af­ter wrap­ping up a PGA Tour for next sea­son card last week.

“I’ve been head­ing in the right di­rec­tion for a while, and I think it kind of starts with your at­ti­tude,

how you think about and han­dle things,” Hadley said. “So I kind of fi­nally got that right, and then ev­ery­thing came to­gether last week ob­vi­ously.”

First-round co-leader Ol­lie Sch­nieder­jans had a 74 to drop eight shots be­hind Rodgers. Two-time Mas­ters cham­pion Bubba Wat­son shot a 70 to make the cut at 3 un­der, as did Davis Love III (68). Three­time tour­na­ment win­ner Steve Stricker (67) made the cut on the num­ber at 2 un­der.

De­fend­ing cham­pion Ryan Moore shot a 71 and missed the cut, fin­ish­ing at 3 over af­ter two rounds. Moore missed the pre­vi­ous five weeks with a left shoul­der in­jury. — AP

RUN IN SIL­VIS: Pa­trick Rodgers tees off on the ninth hole dur­ing the sec­ond round of the John Deere Clas­sic golf tour­na­ment Fri­day, at TPC Deere Run in Sil­vis, Ill. — AP

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