Stricker in contention for fourth Deere title, needs to go lower
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Stricker in contention for fourth Deere title, needs to go lower

It should come as little surprise to anyone that Steve Stricker is in contention at the John Deere Classic.

The three-time defending champion shot 4-under 67 on Friday to reach 10 under through two rounds at TPC Deere Run.

Stricker started off on the wrong foot, making bogey at No. 11 - his second hole of the day - after missing the green for the second day in a row. From then, however, Stricker made five birdies and did not drop another shot.

While opening rounds of 65 and 67 have him knocking on the door of a fourth Deere title, Stricker knows he needs one very low round to win again - like the 61 he shot in 2009 or, better still, the 60 in 2010.

"I need a low round," he said. "That's what it's going to take. One of these two rounds on Saturday or Sunday I'm going to have to put up a real low one and get right in there."

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