Stricker, Spieth move into contention at John Deere


While the big names struggled at the Scottish Open and Women's British Open, the headliners at the John Deere aren't disappointing.

Steve Stricker (6-under 65) and defending champion Jordan Spieth (7-under 64) both went out Friday morning and put themselves in contention heading into the weekend. Stricker, a three-time champion at the Deere, finished at 9 under par. He made seven birdies and a bogey in the second round, including circles on three of the last four holes.

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Spieth, who opened with an even-par 71 on Thursday, came out firing Friday morning. Starting on the back nine, Spieth birdied his first two holes and made the turn in 5-under 31. He carded three more birdies on his second nine, with his only bogey coming at the par-4 9th.

Zach Johnson, the 2012 champion, held a share of the first-round lead and started his second round at 1:45 p.m. ET. Johnson, Stricker and Spieth have combined to win the last five John Deere Classics.