Luke List fired an 8-under 63 Friday to take a one-shot lead over Sebastian Munoz through two rounds of the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill.
List, 36, who is seeking his first PGA Tour win in his 193rd start, made seven birdies in an eight-hole stretch during his bogey-free round. With rounds of 66-63, List is at 13 under, one stroke ahead of Colombia’s Munoz, who has shot 63 and 67.
“I was kind of feeling like I had some momentum putting from (Thursday) and I wanted to carry that into today and was able to do that,” List said. “I got off to a little bit of a slow start … and then from there I just tried to stay patient. The round got going midway through and was able to keep hitting the fairway, which out here is premium, and I was able to attack from the fairway.”
Seven players are at 11 under — Chesson Hadley (68), Adam Schenk (64), Brandon Hagy (64), Chase Seiffert (63), Chez Reavie (67), Lucas Glover (63) and 2016 John Deere winner Ryan Moore (66), who beat List in the 2004 U.S. Amateur final.
Canadian Nick Taylor and Patrick Rodgers each shot 65 to get to 10 under. Hagy, Reavie and Jason Dufner (68-65) remain bogey-free through two rounds.
Munoz’s bogey-free 67 included four birdies and 10 straight pars to close out his day.
“I was very pleased. It’s never easy showing up the day after you shoot 8-under and you see how it goes,” said Munoz, who hit 32 of 36 greens in regulation, his most through two rounds in any PGA Tour event. “I thought I had a really good start. Putter went a little cold on the back but happy where I am and really positive the way I hit the ball.”
Since 1970, 23 players since have captured their first PGA Tour victory in the John Deere, more than any other Tour event, according to Golfweek. Entering the final two rounds, List is hopeful he can finish the job.
“This course you can always expect to see birdies and guys going low, so it’s not like there’s anything funky going on,” said List, who is trying to become the fourth consecutive player to make the John Deere Classic his first PGA Tour title. “I knew I had to keep going low and I’ll have to go low this weekend.”
–Field Level Media