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  • Associated Press Jhonattan Vegas tees off on the sixth hole during the second round of the John Deere Classic.

Saturday, July 13, 2019 1:00 am

Golf

Vegas shoots 62, leads by stroke

Associated Press

SILVIS, Ill. – Jhonattan Vegas shot a 9-under 62 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead into the weekend at the John Deere Classic.

Off since missing the cuts in the Memorial and U.S. Open in June, the three-time PGA Tour winner from Venezuela said he “found something really good” on the range Thursday after an opening 67.

“Probably the best I've felt all year, to be honest,” Vegas said. “I hit the ball extremely well, kind of what I've been struggling with a little bit the past few months. It felt really good, in control the whole time with the ball-striking, which is my type of game. So I'm glad that stuff is back.”

Vegas, who last won on tour in the 2017 Canadian Open, had a 13-under 129 total at TPC Deere Run.

Andrew Landry was second after his second 65.

Lucas Glover had an albatross on the par-5 10th in a 64 that got him to 11 under. He holed out with a 3-iron from 255 yards after a 318-yard drive.

Harold Varner III (65), Russell Henley (68), Daniel Berger (66), Cameron Tringale (66) and Adam Schenk (65) were 10 under. Varner chipped in for eagle from 42 yards on the par-4 14th.

PGA: In Sylvania, Ohio, Sei Young Kim shot a 7-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead over U.S. Women's Open champion Jeongeun Lee6 in the Marathon Classic.

Kim had four straight birdies on Nos. 3-6 and also birdied the par-4 12th and 15th holes and the par-5 18th to get to 11-under 131 at Highland Meadows Golf Club. The South Korean player won the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship in May in California for her eighth tour title.

Lee6 shot her second straight 66. The South Korean birdied two of the last three holes. Lexi Thompson, Stacy Lewis and Jennifer Kupcho were 9 under.

CHAMPIONS: In Akron, Ohio, Retief Goosen shot an 8-under 62 to take a three-stroke lead in the Bridgestone Senior Players Championship, the fourth of the PGA Tour Champions' five major tournaments.

After completing a 69 in the morning in the rain-delayed first round, Goosen eagled the par-5 second hole in the second round and added six birdies in the bogey-free round at Firestone Country Club.

EUROPEAN: In North Berwick, Scotland, Bernd Wiesberger carded a 10-under 61 at the Scottish Open to move into a three-way tie for the lead after the second round.

The lowest round of Wiesberger's career on the European Tour lifted him alongside England's Lee Slattery and South Africa's Erik van Rooyen, who shot consecutive 64s to be at 14 under.

They were two strokes ahead of Henrik Stenson and Nino Bertasio of Italy.