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  • Johnson, McGirt leading the way at John Deere

    Allred shoots 1-under but falls short of cut
  • SILVIS, Ill. — For the past five years, Zach Johnson and Steve Stricker have had a near-monopoly on the John Deere Classic.
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  • SILVIS, Ill. — For the past five years, Zach Johnson and Steve Stricker have had a near-monopoly on the John Deere Classic.
    Johnson won in 2012, lost to Jordan Spieth in a three-way playoff last year, and tied for second in 2009.
    Stricker won three straight beginning in 2009, tied for fifth two years ago, and tied for 10th last year.
    After 36 holes of this year's Deere, Johnson is a co-leader and Stricker is tied for sixth, three strokes back.
    The two Midwesterners — Johnson is from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, while Stricker hails from Madison, Wisconsin — go out of their way to say there's no rivalry. And Johnson gives the nod of supremacy to Stricker.
    "I've won once. He's won three times," Johnson said. "I don't think it's a debate. Twenty-five years from now, nobody is going to remember who finished second, third or fourth."
    Stricker kidded, "I thought I was the man here," adding he felt playing at TPC Deere Run was something of a home weekend, even though Madison is three hours away.
    "We don't have a tournament in Milwaukee anymore, and this is the closest thing to home, I guess," Stricker said. "It looks like we could be playing this in Madison."
    Ashland native Jason Allred shot a 1-under-par 70 but missed the cut. His day included three birdies on the front nine, but only one on the back nine to go along with a bogey and double bogey. Allred carded a 74 on Thursday.
    Johnson and William McGirt were tied at 12-under 130 after 36 holes, a stroke ahead of Steven Bowditch, Johnson Wagner and Brian Harman.
    Stricker's 65 gave him 133 on the par-71 course, tied with Rory Sabbatini, Ryan Moore and Todd Hamilton.
    Johnson shot 4-under 67 in the afternoon despite two bogeys in his last four holes. That dropped him into a tie with McGirt.
    McGirt, 35, is looking for his first PGA Tour victory. He added a 66 to his opening 64, but like Johnson, he finished with a bogey. McGirt's best finish this year is a tie for sixth in the Northern Trust Open at Riviera. Since then, he's had one top 10 and has missed the cut in seven of 14 tournaments.
    McGirt is winless on the PGA Tour in 111 starts, most of them in the last four years. His best finishes are a pair of ties for second in the Canadian Open, in 2012 and 2013.
    Asked how he'd gotten to 12 under and the lead on Friday, he said, "I couldn't tell you what happened."
    Four birdies in a row and seven in a stretch of nine holes happened.
    One thing McGirt hasn't been doing well recently is sinking putts, but he's needed only 24 in each of the first two rounds.
    "For some reason I'm able to see the line this week," McGirt said. "I feel I've putted better the last few weeks and haven't holed anything."
    Bowditch opened his round with an eagle 3 on the 10th hole en route to a 67, while Wagner made it to 12 under before a bogey on his last hole.
    Stricker matched McGirt's 5-under 30 on Deere Run's front nine to finish his round.
    Hamilton, who grew up in the area, used a 69 to get to 133, while Moore shot 67 and Sabbatini shot 70.
    Jerry Kelly and Charles Howell III were among those at 8 under. Howell, who shot 68, aced the uphill 132-yard third hole.
    U.S. Senior Open
    At Edmond, Okla., Colin Montgomerie shot an even-par 71 on the second day of the U.S. Senior Open and leads Scott Dunlap by one stroke.
    Montgomerie opened with a 65 on Thursday. Dunlap had a 69 in the first round and a 68 in the second to get to 5 under for the tournament.
    Dunlap was at 2 under after starting on the back nine, and then went back to the front nine and birdied Nos. 2, 5 and 7 on his way to a 32.
    Bernhard Langer, who leads the Champions Tour with three wins this season, moved into a tie for the lead with a 3-under 32 on the front nine, and then grabbed the advantage with a birdie on 14. He had bogeys on 15 and 16, both on close misses, and then bogeyed 18 to finish at 4 under.
    Langer is tied with Gene Sauers for the tournament. Sauers shot 69 on both the first two days.
    Marco Dawson shot a 66 on the opening day, good for second place, but shot a 76 on Friday and fell to even.
    Women's British Open
    At Southport, England, American Mo Martin had a plan to play Royal Birkdale. It has worked better than she imagined at the Ricoh Women's British Open.
    Martin took two putts from short of the green on the par-5 18th for her 10th birdie in two days. It gave her another 3-under 69 and a three-shot lead over Beatriz Recari of Spain and former U.S. Women's Open champion So Yeon Ryu going into the weekend.
    The weekend will not include Michelle Wie.
    Coming off her first major in the U.S. Women's Open at Pinehurst No. 2, the 24-year-old from Hawaii never got anything going and fell apart over the closing stretch for a 78 to miss the cut by three shots. Only nine players remained under par and wind has yet to get fierce.
    Scottish Open
    At Aberdeen, Scotland, Rory McIlroy surrendered the lead at the Scottish Open with his latest second-round meltdown, leaving three players tied for first place on a day when brutal winds played havoc with the field.
    Kristoffer Broberg of Sweden, Argentina's Ricardo Gonzalez and Marc Warren of Scotland were atop the leaderboard on 6 under, with just 17 of 150 players shooting below 70 on the par-71 Royal Aberdeen links course.
    McIlroy shot a course-record 64 in the first round but followed it up with a 78, continuing a worrying trend this season that's seen the former world No. 1 fail to build on strong starts. Justin Rose signed for a 68 and is alone in fourth place, a shot behind. Defending champion Phil Mickelson is 1 under after a 73.
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