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|Defending Champ Leads John Deere Classic By One
|SILVIS, Ill. (AP) -- Defending champion Steve Stricker has broken the 36-hole record at the John Deere Classic, giving him a one-stroke lead heading into Saturday's third round.
Stricker, playing in the morning, shot a 5-under 66 on Friday for a two-round total of 126, which is 16 under at the TPC Deere Run course.
That was just good enough to hold off Paul Goydos, who sent a buzz through the golf world in the opening round by shooting only the fourth 59 in PGA Tour history.
Goydos couldn't maintain the deft putting touch that had enabled him to join golf's most exclusive club and he settled for a 3-under 68, leaving him at 127.
David Frost set the old 36-hole record of 127 in 2000.
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