Matteson leads, Senden in the hunt
Saturday, 14 July 2012
Troy Matteson retained the lead at 13-under par after round two of the John Deere Classic on Friday, as John Senden led the Australian challenge.
American Matteson held the overnight lead following his blistering 10-under 61 on Thursday in the PGA Tour event at TPC Deere Run.
He was unable to match such an extraordinary effort again a day later in Illinois, but did produce a respectable three-under 68 to stay clear at the top of the pack.
Stuart Appleby was the best-performed Australian on day one with a five-under 66, but he could only post a two-under 69 on Friday.
That saw him slip back to tied 23rd at seven under, one shot better off than fellow Australian Nathan Green.
Senden by contrast produced an accomplished seven-under 64 to rocket 54 places up the leaderboard and into a share of 11th place.
But it was veteran American Jeff Maggert who set the pace on day two, carding a nine-under 62 to climb 37 places up the standings and into a share of second.
Teeing off on the back nine, the 48-year-old made a strong start with a birdie at 12 and three in succession between 14 and 16, before sinking five more birdies on the way back in, finishing without a bogey for his 18 holes.
Maggert was joined in a tie for second by fellow American Brian Harman, who reached 12-under overall courtesy of his six-under-par second round of 65.
The frontrunners are followed by a four-way tie for fourth at 11 under, with Americans JJ Henry, Ricky Barnes and Robert Garrigus alongside England's Gary Christian, who is the highest-placed overseas player in the field.
Defending champion Steve Stricker, aiming for his fourth successive victory at the John Deere Classic, is one of three players with a share of eighth spot at 10 under.