Stricker poised for milestone
BY Bruce Young | US PGA Tour | 2012 John Deere Classic | Round Two | 14 Jul 2012
Two time PGA Tour title holder Troy Matteson leads the John Deere Classic by one shot over Jeff Maggert and Brian Harman at the halfway stage of the event in Silvis Illinois but the focus of attention remains on the three time winner Steve Stricker who is chasing his fourth consecutive win in the event.
Stricker’s second round of 67 has moved him within three of the lead as the event heads into the weekend. Stricker is cautiously optimistic about his chances of what would be a great feat on the PGA Tour.
“I think right now leading is 13 under, so I’m three back; yesterday I was 4 back, said Stricker after his round. "If that stays the case, I actually picked you up a shot on the lead.
“And there is a long ways to go. That’s the other thing. There is a lot of good players and a long ways to go, so I just have to keep doing my thing.
“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.
22 players are within five shots of the lead one of those Australian John Senden who in his first event since an impressive 10th at the US Open is in contention at an event he has won previously. Senden is playing the Open Championship next week and a good finish here will prove a great boost ahead of his trip across the Atlantic.
Stuart Appleby is in 23rd position, Nathan Green 31st and Danny Lee made the cut on the number.
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