It was a good day for the Wisconsin contingent teeing off at this year’s John Deere Classic Thursday at the TPC Deere Run in Silvis, IL.
Two-time defending Champion Steve Stricker fired an opening round 5-under par 66 as he sits three shots off the lead entering Friday’s second round. Mark Wilson of Menominee Falls was one shot better than Stricker with his 6-under 65.
Appleton’s J.P Hayes ended the day 3-under par. Hayes was 5-under at one point but finished the day with a couple of rough holes. Jerry Kelly battled to end the day even. All four tee off in the afternoon for round 2.
Kris Blanks holds the first round lead at 8-under par.