Jhonattan Vegas leads John Deere Classic after second-round 62


Jhonattan Vegas shot a 9-under 62 on Friday in the second round of the John Deere Classic to take the clubhouse lead.

Vegas has but two top tens this season, including a T-3 finish at the Players Championship this season and has missed the cut in three of his last four outings.

He hasn’t won on the PGA Tour since the 2017 RBC Canadian but on Friday he posted 9 birdies (on hole Nos. 10, 13, 14, 16, 17 and then 2, 3, 4, 8, as he played the back nine first) and no bogeys. His 62 matches the first-round score of Roberto Diaz, who shot a 2-over 73 on Friday.

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Vegas’s clubhouse lead at the time was three shots clear of Harold Varner III, who shot a 65 on Friday, and Russell Henley.

Andrew Landry’s 65 later in the day would move him to 12-under and into second place, one shot back heading to the weekend.

Daniel Berger and Cameron Tringale are also tied with Varner and Henley for fourth.

For Vegas, Friday’s 62 is his low round of the season, his lowest round ever in the event and his best score since the second round of the 2016 Barbasol Championship.

Friday produced a couple amazing shots.

On the par 5 10th hole, Lucas Glover’s second shot went in the hole for the 7th albatross of the PGA Tour season. He would then birdie 12, 16 and 18 en route to a 64, which moved him into solo third.

Kevin Tway later almost upstaged Glover when he drove the par 4 14th hole. His tee shot came to a stop about 4 feet from the hole. It would’ve been a very rare ace on a par 4 hole. Turns out Tway needed it to go in, as he missed the cut by a single stroke.

Defending champion Michael Kim, who broke the tournament record at 27-under 257 and won by eight shots, this year went 73-72 and missed the cut, his 18th straight missed cut of the season.

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