Here are some highlights from the first day of tournament play at the 2014 John Deere Classic.
Steven Bowditch: Had an eight-footer to eagle on 10 and finished round one with a 64, putting him one back with -7 under.
Brendon DeJonge: Fired a first-round 65 for the second straight year, including three back-to-back birdies.
Harris English: Drilled a birdie on 17 and posted an opening round 67.
Todd Hamilton: Oquawka’s own was in his first PGA Tour event of the year at Deere Run, and capped his day with a seventh birdie of the day on the ninth hole. The JDC was one of only two cuts on the tour Hamilton made so far this year, and he says a putter change has hopefully turned his year around.
Brian Harman: Despite caddie challenges and a bogey on 15, finished the first round in a three-way tie for first. Harman had nine birdies in the first round of play.
Zach Johnson: The 2010 champ got right to work when as his morning started with a 7:40 a.m. tee time. Johnson birdied six on the back nine, and he made the turn to birdie 1 and 2 as well. He finished the round at -8 under, and his first-round 63 was Johnson’s 21st consecutive round in the 60s at the John Deere Classic.
Rory Sabbatini: Finished with a bogey-free round of 63, that included 8 birdies, to put him atop the leaderboard with Zach Johnson and Brian Harman.
John Senden: He’s one of eight defending champions in the 2014 John Deere Classic. On the first day of tournament play, the 2006 champ sticks it within two inches of the cup from 109 yards out. He tapped in for birdie, and sits at -3 after the first round at Deere Run.
Jordan Spieth: Finished with an even par with birdies on 5, 16 and 17 and bogeys on 4, 6 and 11.
Steve Stricker: Finished the day at three under with 68. Had six birdies on the day but that wasn’t enough to overcome three bogeys on 3, 11 and 15.