The John Deere Classic in Silvis, Illinois (USA), starts with Sebastian Munoz and Chesson Hadley, both leading with a 63 (-8) stroke run after the first round. In the 50th edition of the PGA Tour tournament, after a great start, the Colombian and the American are closely followed by a trio of pursuers, all 3 / i with 64 (-7), made up of Chez Reavie, Hank Lebioda and Camilo Villegas.
The John Deere Classic, Chesson Hadley
On the route of the TPC Deere Run (par 71) the South African Dylan Frittelli, reigning champion – won the event in 2019, the competition in 2020 was canceled for Covid – is 29 / o with 68 (-3). While the American Daniel Berger, favorite on the eve, despite a bogey free trial closed in 69 (-2), with two birdies, is only 52 / o.
Rory McIlroy is hoping to see the hard work pay off as he goes in search of a first Rolex Series victory at the 2021 abrdn Scottish Open.
“I’m looking forward to getting back on the golf course. I was pretty rusty last week in Ireland. I didn’t really do any practice the week after the U.S. Open and it sort of showed in my game. So it’s been nice to link back up with Pete who is here and worked on some stuff the last couple of days. The great thing about Pete is he doesn’t sugarcoat it. He’ll tell me when it’s not great so that when he does give me a compliment, I know that it’s real. It’s been great. It’s probably stuff I’ve worked on before but said in a slightly different way, slightly different thoughts. Good thing about Pete is he’s been doing it such a long time and with so many great players, is he knows what works and he knows what doesn’t. I’ve really enjoyed it. I really have. I’ve enjoyed learning from him. He’s got such a great knowledge about not just the golf swing but the game of golf in general and it’s been a good few months”.
“I would say 14 under this week is probably going to have a decent chance. It’s all dependent on the weather. Dependent on what sort of wind we get, the direction of the wind, whether the course firms up any more than how it is right now. It’s all dependent on the weather, like any links golf course. It’s obviously soft just from all the rain there’s been the last couple of days but it’s a good test. I think they have added a couple of tees. It’s a bit longer. The rough’s up a bit more than it probably was last time. I think with benign conditions like this and with it being soft, the scoring is still going to be pretty good. Maybe players might just get punished a little more for like wayward shots, which is sort of what you’re looking for. You’ve got to stand up and hit some good golf shots and you want to be challenged a little bit. I think the set-up this week is pretty good.”