Defending champion Stricker one up on Goydos after two Deere Classic rounds
SILVIS, Ill. — As he chatted about his day at the John Deere Classic, Steve Stricker was reminded that he now held the tournament’s 36-hole record.
“So far,” he said with a smile.
Stricker had good reason to be cautious because Paul Goydos, who had sent a buzz through the golf world by shooting only the fourth 59 in PGA Tour history on Thursday, was just starting his round.
But the deft putting touch that had put Goydos in golf’s most exclusive club deserted him Friday. He settled for a 68, leaving him one stroke behind Stricker, the defending champion, heading into today’s third round.
“Reality kicked in today,” Goydos said.
St r i cke r, who almos t matched Goydos with a 60 in Thursday’s round, came back with a 5-under-par 66 for a two-day total of 126, which is 16 under at the TPC Deere Run. The old 36-hole record was 127 by David Frost in 2000, the first year the tournament was played at Deere Run.
Jeff Maggert, Matt Jones and George McNeill were tied at 11-under 131, Maggert and McNeill shooting bogey-free 65s and Jones stumbling in at 67 after bogeying his final two holes.
Rain halts play at U.S. Women’s Open
OAKMONT, Pa. — A relentless string of thunderstorms that began with 100 of the 156 golfers still to begin or complete the second round caused play to be suspended at mid-afternoon Friday. Twenty-eight of the 31 golfers who were within three shots of the lead had played only a few holes or hadn’t teed off.
Except for Cristie Kerr, the world’s No. 1 player, and firstround leader Brittany Lang, who shared the not-verycrowded clubhouse lead at 1-over 143. Sophie Gustafson was at even par, but she had 17 holes left in her round.
Kerr finished her even-par 71 before the pelting rains flooded Oakmont’s famed Church Pew bunkers.
Lang slid from a first-round 69 to a 3-over 74, with Christina Kim a shot back at 2-over 144 following successive 72s.
Clarke has 3-shot lead
LUSS, Scotland — Darren Clarke was nearly flawless in miserable conditions in the Scottish Open, shooting a 4-under 67 for a three-shot lead.
Edoardo Molinari, who had a 69, is second.
Phil Mickelson took a quintuple-bogey on the 18th hole, and Ernie Els made consecutive double bogeys as he was trying to finish. They both missed the cut.
“It wasn’t torrential, heavy rain. It was just torrential rain,” Clarke said. “If you’re from Ireland, there’s a difference. We knew it was going to be very hard and the forecast was poor.”