Zach Johnson, Rory Sabbatini and Brian Harman
shot 8-under-par 63s Thursday to share the lead after the first
round of the John Deere Classic.
Johnson and Sabbatini played bogey-free golf, while Harman had nine
birdies and one bogey on the par-71 TPC Deere Run.
They led 2004 British Open champion Todd Hamilton, Australian Steven Bowditch and
William McGirt, the best afternoon finisher, by a stroke.
Johnson, who won the Deere in 2012 and lost it to Jordan Spieth in a
playoff last year, birdied four of his first five holes and was 6
under on his opening nine.
Harman, who bettered his best round of the year by two strokes, was 2
under through six holes when his caddie, Scott Tway, took ill. Jay
Hatch of Davenport, Iowa, a high school basketball coach, volunteered
from the gallery, and carried Harman's bag the last 12 holes, which
Harman played in 6 under.