SILVIS, Ill. – Zach Johnson has evolved into one of the most consistent players the John Deere Classic has ever seen.
Johnson put together another steady round Friday, maintaining a share of the lead despite standout efforts from rookie Patrick Reed and Lucas Glover.
Johnson, the defending champion, shot a 5-under 66 to join Reed and Glover atop the leader board at 12-under 130 following second-round play.
It was a day of just hanging in there and letting things come. But I like the fact that I don’t have to be perfect and I can still play here, Johnson said.
Reed shot a 63 in the morning session, just one year after missing the cut at TPC Deere Run – and Glover finished a shot better at 9 under on Friday.
Australia’s Matt Jones is a shot back at 11 under. Troy Matteson leads a pack at 10 under, while three-time winner Steve Stricker is among those contending at 9 under.
Given how well Johnson has played this course of late, it could take a spectacular weekend to beat him.
Johnson has shot 18 consecutive rounds in the 60s at Deere Run – largely by avoiding big mistakes and scrambling out of small ones – and his ninth bogey-free round Friday was a tournament record.
I’m just comfortable. I’m comfortable with every tee shot. I’m comfortable with every wind, and clearly I’m comfortable on the greens, Johnson said.
U.S. SENIOR OPEN: In Omaha, Neb., Michael Allen shot a 7-under 63 and broke away from the pack for a 5-stroke lead after the second round at Omaha Country Club.
Allen birdied five of the first eight holes and eagled the par-5 14th while shooting his best round of the year at the par-70 layout.
Allen’s 36-hole lead is the largest in the event’s 34-year history.
Rocco Mediate, at 5-under, is his closest pursuer. Mediate finished with 14 straight pars while shooting a bogey-free 67. Jeff Sluman, who also shot 67, is at 4-under.
LPGA: In Waterloo, Ontario, Catriona Matthew shot a 64 to take a three-stroke lead after the second round of the Manulife Financial Classic.
Matthew’s 15-under 127 at the tournament’s midway point blew away her previous career-best 36-hole mark on tour by five strokes. American Angela Stanford shot a 67 and was second, while Inbee Park, who is looking to win her fourth straight LPGA Tour event, had a 67 and was tied with three other players at 10-under.
Former Fort Wayne resident Amanda Blumenherst shot a 1-under 70 is at 4-under 138.
EUROPEAN: In Inverness, Scotland, Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson endured frustrating second rounds at the Scottish Open as the tournament’s headline acts were upstaged by some lesser-knowns.
Chris Doak, ranked No. 341, was the surprise leader at the halfway point of his home event after a second straight 66 left him on 12-under 132, while Matthew Southgate (64) was in a tie for second place with Ross Fisher (65), Peter Uihlein (66) and JB Hansen (65) a stroke back.
Els struggled on the greens and shot a 2-under 70 to miss the cut a week before he defends his British Open title. Mickelson was tied for third after a first-round 66 but dropped after a 70.
WEB.COM: In Sandy, Utah, Chad Collins missed a chance for the fourth 59 in Tour history, parring the final six holes for an 11-under 60 in the Utah Championship at Willow Creek Country Club.
The 34-year-old Collins leads the tournament at 16 under. He had a 66 on Thursday.
The Web.com Tour comes to Fort Wayne at the end of August for the Hotel Fitness Championship at Sycamore Hills.