Steve Stricker Leads the John Deere Classic at Minus-16, Paul Goydos Close

Thomas Moreland@NFLMIKEESenior Writer IJuly 9, 2010

SILVIS, IL - JULY 09: Steve Stricker follows through on a tee shot during the second round of the John Deere Classic at TPC Deere Run on July 9, 2010 in Silvis, Illinois. (Photo by Darren Carroll/Getty Images)
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Steve Stricker is now in with a minus-16 for two days and the lead to start weekend play at the John Deere Classic.

His closest competitor, one 59 shooting son of a gun Paul Goydos, is still on the course, currently at minus-15, but still has to play 10 holes.

Paul Goydos or Steve Stricker will obviously win this tournament, as those two have figured out something that no one else seems to be able to grasp in Illinois this weekend.

Stricker, having already won here, would seem to have a slight edge, but Goydos has been money on these greens so far.

Pin placement will change over the weekend, and then it's a whole new ballgame.

Fun to watch right now as these guys tear it up, though.

Other players to watch are Jeff Maggert at minus-11, Brendan De Jonge and Aaron Baddeley at minus-10, plus Webb Simpson, James Nittles, Charlie Hoffman, and Rod Pampling all hovering eight or nine shots back.

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With two players instead of one ahead of the field by five or six shots, this will be a 36-hole match play event if this keeps up.

In all probability, both Stricker and Goydos will be right around minus-20 to start Sunday's final round, if not lower.

That's crazy. Who set this course up, Stevie Wonder?

My Yahoo! Fantasy team made modest gains with Steve Stricker, my A-player getting 18 points.

The other guys on the team will probably contribute a bit on Friday and then try to get a top five finish in this event. As I said earlier, Goydos or Stricker win this event.

My B-Player, K.J. Choi, is only one under and had no points on Thursday and probably will not have many on Friday.

My other B-player, Fredrik Jacobson, is only at even par for the weekend, and that may not make the cut, I'm afraid.

Come to think of it, Choi may not make it either.

My C-player, Tim Clarke, is having a nice minus-five Friday, to get to 24th place, and some hope for a good finish.

In Yahoo! Fantasy Golf, I am in the 85th percentile, 3843 points, and behind 23rd by 148.

I still trail only one expert, Matt Romig, by 80 points, and I am ahead of all the other golf experts on Yahoo presently.

I wonder if anyone can catch Stricker or Goydos?

I need some of that Kool-Aid they are drinking!

Thomas[NFL Mikee] Moreland

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