Howell, Schniederjans share lead at John Deere Classic

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A week after the Tour win that earned him a place back on the PGA Tour, Raleigh's Chesson Hadley shot a round of 64 Friday in the John Deere Classic to sit tied for fifth headed into the weekend.

Rodgers, who surged to the top of the leaderboard with a superb 64 in the second round, moved to 16-under 197 entering Sunday's final round at TPC Deere Run.

Mize birdied half the holes and shot an 8-under 64 for a one-stroke lead over Bernhard Langer, Corey Pavin and Steve Flesch after the opening round of the Senior Players Championship at Owings Mill, Md.

Hardy started the day at even par but turned in a five-under 66, the sixth best score of the day. But that wasn't going to get him down. "So, I got to keep that same mindset for the next two rounds".

Bryson DeChambeau is alone in second at 11 under after a 65.

Local favorite Zach Johnson, the 2012 victor, had a 67 to join Charles Howell III, the co-leader after the first round, at 10 under.

Howell, playing for a third consecutive week after returning from a 10-week layoff for a fractured rib, booked a spot in next week's British Open with his latest second-place effort. Fifty-year-old Steve Stricker, the victor from 2009-11 at Deere Run, had a 73.

Rodgers also made his fair share of tough shots, notably chipping in from 50 feet on the par-3 third hole and holing a 50-foot birdie putt on the seventh hole.

"I haven't had a great start really all year on the first round", Schniederjans said.

Tway was struggling to stay above the cut line when he went on his birdie binge, making seven in a row at one point.

That is a ledge on a hospitality structure located well off to the left of the fairway, roughly 330 yards from the hole, just 188 yards from the tee.

"I'm very comfortable with this golf course, essentially any condition", Johnson said. Stallings is a three-time PGA Tour victor, but it is three-and-a-half years since the most recent of those successes.

The three-time defending champion had his only bogey of the day on No. 1, a 360-yard par 4. Moore missed the previous five weeks with a left shoulder injury.

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