Stricker passes Goydos for John Deere lead

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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 and he settled for 68, leaving him one stroke behind Stricker, the defending champion, heading into today's third round.

"Reality kicked in today," Goydos said.

Stricker, who almost matched Goydos with 60 in Thursday's round, came back with a solid 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.

Showing no ill-effects from a shoulder injury that sidelined him for six weeks earlier this year, Stricker overcame a bogey on his fifth hole with accurate approaches that left him with makeable birdie putts.

EUROPEAN TOUR: In Luss, Scotland, Phil Mickelson's latest chance to go to No. 1 in the world ended like his first opportunity two months ago -- he missed the cut in the Scottish Open.

Mickelson hit three tee shots on the 18th hole midway through his second round on his way to a quintuple-bogey 9.

He never got those shots back in his round of 3-over-par 74, missing the cut by one shot.

Darren Clarke chipped in for birdie on the tough 16th and holed a series of 20-foot birdie putts on the front nine for 67, giving him the lead over Edoardo Molinari, who had 69.

Former Augusta State golfer Jamie Elson had 70 and is 10 shots back.

Oliver Wilson, another former Jaguar, shot 74 and missed the cut, finishing at 146.

NATIONWIDE TOUR: In Clarksburg, Ontario, Kevin Chappell extended his lead in the Wayne Gretzky Classic after shooting 8-under-par 63. The former UCLA golfer is at 19-under 124 for 36 holes.

Chappell, who led by two shots after an opening 61, now has a three-shot lead over Keegan Bradley (61 on Friday).

North Augusta's Scott Brown had 67 and is at 136, 12 shots behind Chappell.

Missing the cut, which fell at 137, were Augusta's Emmett Turner (70 for 138) and the Aiken duo of Kevin Kisner (71 for 139) and Stephen Poole (68 for 141).

Area duo make cut

Augusta native Charles Howell shot 3-under-par 68 on Friday and is tied for 26th place at 136 after two rounds of the John Deere Classic.

Evans resident Vaughn Taylor also made the cut with 66 and is tied for 37th at 137.

Blake Adams, of Swains-boro, Ga., shot 74 to finish at 142 and missed the cut.

-- From staff reports


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