Luke List carded a bogey-free 63 on Friday and will enter the weekend at John Deere Classic with a one-shot lead on 13-under par.
List, who started his second round on the back nine at TPC Deere Run, signed a scorecard featuring eight birdies, including seven in an eight-hole span (Nos. 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 1, and 2) to secure the top spot at halftime.
“Yeah, I was kind of feeling like I had some momentum putting from yesterday and I wanted to carry that into today and was able to do that,” said List.
“I got off to a little bit of a slow start not birdieing the 10th hole, my first hole, and then from there I just tried to stay patient.
“The round got going midway through and was able to keep hitting the fairway, which out here is premium, and I was able to attack from the fairway.”
One back was overnight co-leader Sebastian Munoz, who carded a 67 and sits solo second on 12-under par.
“I was very pleased. It’s never easy showing up the day after you shoot 8-under and you see how it goes,” said Munoz. “I thought I had a really good start. Putter went a little cold on the back but happy where I am and really positive the way I hit the ball.
“I think the ball-striking is definitely helping, and my iron play is strong right now. But I think my mind, as well, is clicking into place.
“I feel like the last couple weeks I didn’t have the performance I wanted, and I managed to somehow not lower my expectations but kind of take it one shot at a time instead of like the whole score at the end of the day, so that’s really been helping.”
Ryan Moore (66), Adam Schenk (64), Chesson Hadley (68), Brandon Hagy (64), Chase Seiffert (63), Chez Reavie (67), and Lucas Glover (63) were tied for third on 11-under par, one clear of Nick Taylor (65) and Patrick Rodgers (65), who rounded out the top-10 leaders.
Former Deere Classic champions Zach Johnson (68) and Steve Stricker (66) were T34 on 6 under.
“Yeah, I’m going to stick to the positives,” said Johnson. “As a competitor, you always look at what could have been. I’m making way too many bogeys. I can fix that, especially from the middle of the fairway. That’s the problem.
“A lot of chances. I haven’t really putted great yet. I’m not out of it, but there has to be a few more. I’ve certainly got the opportunity on the weekend to make a charge. If I keep driving it in the fairway, I can make a charge.”
Stricker added, “Yeah, it was a good solid day, and I needed it to hang around for the weekend.
“My goal starting the day was to get like 6-, 7- or 8-under today, so I fell a little short of my goal, but played solid. One little hiccup at No. 11 but otherwise struck it nicely and made a couple more putts today than I did yesterday, which helps.
“Yeah, it was a good one. It was a good one to get so I could play this weekend.”
2021 John Deere Classic
Top-10 Leaders: Round 2
1. Luke List -13 (-8)
2. Sebastian Munoz -12 (-4)
3. Chase Seiffert -11 (-8)
3. Lucas Glover -11 (-8)
3. Adam Schenk -11 (-7)
3. Brandon Hagy -11 (-7)
3. Ryan Moore -11 (-5)
3. Chez Reavie -11 (-4)
3. Chesson Hadley -11 (-3)
10. Nick Taylor -10 (-6)
10. Patrick Rodgers -10 (-6)
12. Kevin Na -9 (-5)
12. Russell Henley -9 (-5)
34. Steve Stricker -6 (-5)
34. Rafa Cabrera Bello -6 (-5)
34. Zach Johnson -6 (-3)
34. Cam Davis -6 (-2)
53. Daniel Berger -5 (-3)
73. Dylan Frittelli -3 (E)
85. Alex Noren -2 (-1)
103. Brian Harman -1 (-1)
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