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July 13, 2013

Steady Johnson shares lead with pair of rookies at John Deere Classic

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SILVIS, Ill. —

“I was ecstatic (Thursday) after 3 under ... so you can imagine how I feel,” Glover said. “But I’m not dumb enough to think it’s over.”

Reed, a 22-year-old with two top-10 finishes in 20 events this season, highlighted his strong round with a 37-yard chip for eagle on the 17th hole.

Reed, with his wife Justine on the bag as his caddie, is 13-under over his last 27 holes.

“She helps me with everything. I never check wind. She tells me what the wind is. She’s always right on that. Most of the time she helps me pick most of my clubs. She seems to know my distances better than I do,” Reed said. “She’s great at reading putts, so I kind of have the full package. It’s definitely not an ‘I,’ it’s definitely a ‘we’ for us.”

Matteson had his best performance of 2012 at Deere Run a year ago, when he pushed Johnson to a playoff and finished second.

Matteson’s round on Friday was punctuated by an ace from 132 yards out, as he used a wedge to notch the tournament’s first hole-in-one in three years.

“I just said, ‘You know what? Let’s just try to hit a good shot, kind of get some spin on it, bring it back down the hill and leave ourselves a good putt,” Matteson said. “It started coming back down the hill and it just disappeared, and the guys behind the green went crazy.”

Darron Stiles also aced No. 7, marking the first time in nine years that a pair of hole-in-ones was recorded on the same day at Deere Run.

Chez Reavie shot Friday’s low round, coming in at 61 to tie the best second-round score in tournament history.

There could be more stellar performances like that in the final two rounds, given the shape of the course and forecasts of more ideal conditions today and Sunday.

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