SILVIS, Ill. – Defending champion Steve Stricker broke the 36-hole record at the John Deere Classic on Friday to take a one-stroke lead heading into the third round.
Stricker, playing in the morning, shot a 5-under 66 for a two-round total of 126 – which is 16 under at the TPC Deere Run course.
That was just good enough to hold off Paul Goydos, who sent a buzz through the golf world in the opening round by shooting only the fourth 59 in PGA Tour history.
Goydos couldn’t maintain the deft putting that had enabled him to join golf’s most exclusive club and he settled for a 3-under 68, leaving him at 127.
David Frost set the old 36-hole record of 127 in 2000.