Steve Stricker is running like a deer from the field at the John Deere Classic. With 27 birdies in 54 holes, Stricker is 25-under after firing a third round 62 to set a PGA Tour scoring record. He has a six-stroke lead and it’s hard to imagine he’ll pull a Justin Rose lose it on Sunday.
Looking at the leaderboard, Stricker isn’t the only one who is posting low numbers. As you know, Goydos fired a 59 with the lift, clean and fake rule in effect. And Jeff Maggert and Shaun Micheel fired 63s on Saturday. In other words, the course is playing really, really soft (easy). I thought this was a PGA Tour tournament, not a cow pasture exhibition shoot-out. My bad.
Even Stricker thinks so.
“This course yields low scores, so you gotta be cautious that somebody can come from behind and post a low one and catch you. So that’s going to be my mindset — play my own game and try to make as many birdies as I can.”
Mediate’s early score and those of Vaughn Taylor (64), Kenny Perry (65) and Gary Woodland (65) indicated that the course — the greens in particular — again was ripe for scoring.
“They would hold anything you threw in there,” the 49-year-old Perry said of the greens. “It’s definitely a birdie fest out there right now.”
Nonetheless, that’s some great play by Stricker and to break a record. And thankfully, I picked him on my Fantasy Golf team this week. Still, with most the big names preparing for the British Open in Europe or just taking the week off, it’s unfortunate I won’t watch a second of Stricker’s history-making play. No disrespect to Stricks, but I have to pack for Scotland and if I’m watching golf, it’ll be the US Women’s Open. Well, unless he is en route to firing a 59 on Sunday, then maybe I’ll tune in.