VEGAS LEADS JOHN DEERE

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John Deere Classic is underway. See Johndeereclassic.com

The John Deere Classic has 36 holes in the books, and the defending champion Michael Kim has missed his 19th straight cut. He will get the weekend off, after rounds of 73-72.

The cut spent the afternoon moving around, between 3 under par and 4 under par. Three under is what former champion and current John Deere Classic board member Zach Johnson needed to stay for the weekend. And that’s what he got,because his 67 helped him make the weekend on the number.

Former world #1 Luke Donald, and the former Northwestern Wildcat is at 6 under par. He is here at TPC Deere Run for the weekend. Donald was five under par at one point on the back nine for his second round, that had him at 8 under par and in 4th place. But two late bogeys, including a costly 3 putt on the par 5-17th hole droped him back.

Rusell Henley lost two shots late in his round, but at 10 under par sits in a good place headed to the weekend.

“I didn’t hit it as well today,” said Henley. “I had a couple mistakes there on 18. But I feel confident in my game. I haven’t made a cut in a while so it’s been a grind. I am trying to hang in there, but it has been a grind. This weekend I will keep my head down and keep grinding. Everybody out here is good. I’ll stay agressive to my targets and hopefully have a great weekend.”

Johnny Vegas is in first place at 13 under par after a 62 in Round 2, that included nine birdies.

“The holes seemed big today. I’ve been working hard on my putting pretty much all year.,” said Vegas. “That’s one of the area’s I have to get stronger at, if I wish to accomplish mre here on the PGA Tour. I feel like I havebeen playing well all year, but not giving myself a chance to win. I can’t remember the last time I shot 62, but a 63 not long ago. But a 62, I’ll take it.”

Lucas Glover sits in third place after being at 11 under par after 36 holes. Glover had the shot of the day, when he-holed a double-eagle two on the Par 5, 10th hole. The second shot he hit into the cup, was 255 yards with a 3-iron.

It wasn’t a great day for Team University of Illinois, on whats known as U of I day at the John Deere Classic. Both Illini alums missed the cut and badly. Scott Langley finished at 9 over par, and Dylan Meyer missed at 6 over par. Meyer is headed to a Monday qualifier in Kentucky for the Barbasol Championship. But leaves the JDC looking to find his game, and his place in golf.

It took -3 to make the cut and stay for the weekend. Golfers on Golf Radio AM 750 WNDZ Chicago, will have a live guest from the JDC at 10:10 tomorrow morning. Stay tuned in.

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Rory spent over 8 years growing up working at Rob Roy Golf Club in Prospect Hts.IL, then two years at Chevy Chase in Wheeling. He has covered golf in Chicago since 1986. Rory was one of the initial members of WSCR all-sports radio Chicago and covered golf there for 5 seasons, before moving on to work for ESPN/Sportsticker and ESPN Radio. In addition to hosting Golfers on Golf Radio on WNDZ Am 750 Chicago, he writes for both Chicagoland Golf and the Chicago District (CDGA) Magazine. Rory has played over 460 courses in 37 states, and rates golf courses. He does golf course management and communications consulting, in the golf industry.