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Munoz, Hadley share the lead at the John Deere Classic


Sebastian Munoz never knows when the switch will come and the putts will start to fall, but he realized it happened on Thursday at the John Deere Classic.

Munoz rode as he closed with five straight birdies on the TPC Deere Run for an 8-under 63, turning a solid day into part of the lead with Chesson Hadley.

“To be honest, I just go blank,” Munoz said. “It’s funny because when I do a lot of birdies, I usually play a little safer and pick my spots. I’m about 10, 12 feet and they’re starting to fall. I did that today. again at.”

Hadley was on the other side of the course, finishing on the first nine. It wasn’t nearly as spectacular, but he played without bogey and had birdies three times in a row. He was helped by doing three of his birdies from 25 feet.

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Hank Lebioda, who finished a playoff shot at the Rocket Mortgage Classic last week, was ready to join them. He was 7 under through 12 holes and tied the lead with a tee shot on the 213-yard seventh hole that stopped 20 inches from the cup.

But he missed the fairway on the right on the ninth par-4, decided to pitch back to the fairway, and hit a wedge 6 feet below the cup. He missed the par putt and had to be content with a 64. Chez Reavie and Camilo Villegas, who played that morning, also came in at 64.

In perfect conditions, the score was so good that almost half of the field cracked the 70.

Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker, who had decided to take part in the 50.

This leaves the three-time John Deere Champion some work on Friday afternoon to make the cut. But at least Stricker gets a little more sleep for the 54-year-old body.

“I’m not used to getting up at 5 in the morning to play,” said Stricker. “And I played for a while like I was still sleeping. I straightened the ship a little.

The top 5 leader at the end of the week deserves a trip to the British Open if he’s not already exempt. Munoz is on duty at Royal St. George’s next week. Hadley isn’t, although with so many low values ​​it will take two more days to clear.

Cam Davis, last week’s playoff winner in Detroit, had to turn down his place at the British Open. Kevin Na decided to resign due to family travel regulations, and Davis was next on the reserve list.

A problem. The Australian cannot travel abroad. He got married last September, lives in Seattle with his American-born wife, and decided to get a green card to make traveling abroad and home to Australia easier.

He is now at the stage where he cannot go abroad until he is given a temporary card. He knew that even before he won the Rocket Mortgage Classic. And he’ll get through.

The emotions of winning for the first time can take their toll. Davis wasn’t sure if he was going to keep his form or run out of gas. Thursday was a bit of both. He punched an 8-foot eagle putt on the second par-5, finishing 6 under through 11 holes, only to play the rest of the way 2 for a respectable 67.

“I’m looking forward to seeing my family and partying again in Seattle next week and recharging myself because this week is a bit of a chore,” said Davis. “I’m pretty tired. It will be nice to relax.”

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