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 leaderboard at 12-under 130 following second-round play.
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.
Matthew shoots a 64 for lead at Manulife
WATERLOO, Ontario — Catriona Matthew shot a 64 Friday to take a three-stroke lead after the second round of the Manulife Financial LPGA 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 had a 67 and was tied with three other players at 10-under.
Allen pulling away at US Senior Open
OMAHA, Neb. — Michael Allen shot a 7-under 63 Friday and broke away from the pack for a five-stroke lead after the second round of the U.S. Senior Open.
Allen was among seven players who shared the first-round lead at 3-under. He birdied five of the first eight holes and eagled the par-5 14th while shooting his best round of the year in hot, breezy conditions at the par-70 Omaha Country Club.
Allen’s 36-hole lead is the largest in the event’s 34-year history.
Rocco Mediate, at 5-under, is his closest pursuer.
Els, Mickelson upstaged in Scotl
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 on Friday.
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.