De­fend­ing cham­pion Stricker one up on Goy­dos af­ter two Deere Clas­sic rounds

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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.”

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