Diaz shoots 62 to lead John Deere Classic
Roberto Diaz earned a two-stroke lead after the first round of the John Deere Classic.
Diaz carded a nine-under-par 62 to set the early pace at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Illinois on Thursday.
The 32-year-old – who has never won on the PGA Tour, and before 2019 he had not earned a top-10 finish since 2016 – enjoyed a bogey-free round.
Mexican Diaz had seven birdies and an eagle to top the leaderboard ahead of American duo Adam Long and Russell Henley.
Leaderboard after Round 1 @JDClassic:— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) July 12, 2019
1. @BobbyDiazz -9
T2. @aLongShot -7
T4. @AndrewLGolf -6
T4. Martin Laird
T4. @RBlaumGolf pic.twitter.com/3AqqClZU6P
After the top three on the course, there is a six-way tie at six under, which includes Martin Laird, Ryan Palmer and Vaughn Taylor.
Elsewhere on the course, Bill Haas shot a five-under 66, Matthew Wolff is four under and Luke Donald is a stroke further back.
Zach Johnson – the 2012 winner had a disappointing day as he sits one over following a 72.
Meanwhile, defending champion Michael Kim posted a first-round 73 to be in a tie for 134th.