World number 842 leads the John Deere Classic with 62 strokes


Swedish Jonas Blixt, world number 842matched his career-low through 18 holes with a 62 (-9) on Thursday to end the first day with a two-stroke lead in John Deere Classic in Silvis, Illinois.

Blixt, 39, missed the cut on the Korn Ferry Tour last week, but the Swede got off to a fast start at TPC Deere Run with an eagle on his second hole. After covering the front nine in 2-under-par (33), Blixt added a pair of birdies before sinking a 45-foot eagle putt on the par-4 14th hole.

Blixt made three more birdies over the final four holes, and finished his 660th official PGA Tour round with a 29-shot back nine.

Cameron Youngthe highest-ranked player (19th), 823 spots above Blixt, birdied the 17th hole to tie for Grayson Murray, both with -7. However, he found the rough off the tee on the 18th, narrowly avoiding the water on his third shot and saving bogey to settle for 6-under 65.

Greyson Sigg, Adam Schenk, Nate Lashley, Richy Werenski and the south africa Garrick Higgo they also made 65.

Blixt has won three times on tour, most recently at the 2017 Zurich Classic in New Orleans, where he partnered the Australian star. cameron smith to win this event in pairs.

His last singles win came at the 2013 Greenbrier Classic. The following year, he achieved a career-high world ranking of 33rd after tying for second at the Masters.

The American Ryder Cup captain, Zach Johnsontrying to make the cut at John Deere for the 15th consecutive time, had 72 strokes, (+1).

Source: La Verdad


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