Diaz shoots 62 to lead John Deere Classic

Ruben Hill
July 12, 2019

Mexico's Roberto Diaz birdied four of the first five holes on his way to a nine-under par 62 for a two-stroke lead after the first round of the US PGA John Deere Classic.

"I just feel that everything clicked", said Diaz, who tied for eighth in the Travelers Championship last month. I've been hitting a lot of fairways, and today I hit good numbers all day, and that helps. His victory last week at TPC Twin Cities made him the 9th-youngest victor on the PGA Tour since 1900.

Long, who claimed his first PGA Tour victory earlier this year in the Desert Classic, and Henley, a three-time victor on the PGA Tour, each carded four birdies on both nines in their 64s.

Henley has missed the weekend cuts in his last four straight starts.

Diaz holed out for eagle from 100 yards at the par-5 10th, then sank 12-foot birdie putts at the 14th and par-3 16th holes to seize the solo led at eight-under.

"I don't think I've ever lost the belief I can have a nice tournament and a nice round". "It's just a matter of a few bumps here and there".

There is a surprising name atop the leaderboard after one round at the John Deere Classic. PHOTO: Dylan Buell/Getty Images.

Twenty-year-old rookie Matthew Wolff, who picked up his first career win at the 3M Open last week, opened with a 67.

"Having that PGA Tour card locked up is a lot of weight off of my shoulders", Wolff said.

"I've been playing pretty good the whole, since February I've been playing really solid".

Former victor of the event and yet another former Australian Open champion, John Senden, opened with a round of 67, while Monday qualifier, Stephen Allan, also began well with a round of 69.

The best finisher on Sunday not already exempt for the British Open will earn the final seat on the overnight charter flight to Royal Portrush for next week's major championship in Northern Ireland.

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