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Thompson co-leads John Deere after career-low 63

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SILVIS, Ill. - Nicholas Thompson co-leads an event on the PGA Tour after 18 holes.

When was the last time that happened?

“It wasn’t last weekend, that’s all I can remember,” Thompson said.

Considering it was just six months ago – back in February at Torrey Pines – it’s a little curious he couldn’t remember.

Then again, he’s also not entirely sure who else is here this week.

Asked what it's like to contend at this event "considering who else is in the field," Thompson answered: “You know, that’s another one. I don’t exactly look at who else is in the field. I know I chatted with Jordan Spieth for like 10 minutes on the putting green this morning, so I know he’s here.”

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Spieth is here, and Thompson was eight shots better on Thursday. The 33-year-old veteran posted the lowest score of his Tour career in Round 1, an 8-under 63 that has him tied with Justin Thomas for the early lead at the John Deere Classic.

Thompson made seven birdies and an eagle to offset a lone bogey, with the eagle coming in the form of a hole-out on the short par-4 14th.

“Just sawed off a little lob wedge [from 79 yards],” he said. “As soon as I hit it, I was like, ‘Oh, that’s going to be good,’ and it landed about pin-high skipped right past, and probably rolled nicer than any putt I hit all day.”

It was a busy day for the Thompson family, with Nicholas sharing the lead at the Deere, his sister, Lexi, playing her first-round at the weather-suspended U.S. Women’s Open, and their brother, Curtis, opening with a 66 on the Tour in Boise.

They’re family, so Nicholas probably knows where they are. As for everyone else here in the Quad Cities:

“Not really,” he said. “I know a handful of guys and maybe some of the guys on the leaderboard but I couldn’t really tell you who’s here and who’s not.”

Fair enough.