Golf roundup: Andrew Loupe leads soggy John Deere Classic
SILVIS, Ill. — Zach Johnson made himself right at home in the John Deere Classic — again.
From just up the road in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the two-time major champion shot a 6-under 65 on Thursday, leaving him two strokes behind leader Andrew Loupe in the suspended first round.
“I don’t know what it is, but I love the golf course,” said Johnson, the 2012 winner at TPC Deere Run. “I love the putting surfaces. I do know the moment I feel like I can take this place down is the moment it can bite me, so I’ve still got to stay focused and keep the pedal down.”
Loupe topped the leaderboard at 8 under when play was suspended because of darkness.
The tournament was delayed for 3 1/2 hours by a storm that dropped just over an inch of rain. The round resumed at 3:08 p.m., with none of the afternoon starters able to finish.
Scott Pinckney and Scott Brown shot 66, and Geoff Ogilvy and Wyckoff’s Morgan Hoffmann also were 5 under. Ogilvy completed 12 holes, and Hoffmann 14.
Loupe will resume play today with a 6-foot par putt on the par-4 15th hole. The 27-year-old former LSU player had five birdies in a seven-hole stretch on the front nine and added birdies on 11, 13 and 14.
Patrick Rodgers and Ryan Moore were in at 65 with Johnson, and Tom Gillis also was 6 under with two holes left.
Johnson had five birdies in a seven-hole stretch in the bogey-free round that he started on the 10th tee. The 12-time PGA Tour winner capped the run on the par-5 second and also birdied the par-4 sixth.
“As far as the start and stop, we’re used to that,” Johnson said. “That’s not any secret. It happens all the time. There’s days where there’s a 30-minute delay, there’s days where, shoot, it takes 30-some odd hours to play 18 holes. I’m used to it.”
Rodgers birdied the final hole for a back-nine 31.
“Today was a really solid day for me,” Rodgers said. “I felt like I was very consistent tee to green and gave myself a lot of opportunities to make birdies. … There wasn’t a whole lot of opportunities to make mistakes.”
Moore eagled the par-5 17th in his opening nine, and finished with a 30-foot par save on No. 9.
Jordan Spieth chose not to defend his title because he didn’t think it would be appropriate in light of his decision to skip the Rio Olympics.
UPPER ARLINGTON, Ohio — Vijay Singh rebounded from a bad shot on the 17th to birdie the final hole and take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the U.S. Senior Open.
Still playing full-time on the PGA Tour at age 53, the Fijian shot a 4-under 66 on a hot and humid afternoon at Scioto Country Club in suburban Columbus.
Miguel Angel Jimenez, Jeff Gallagher, Michael Allen, Gene Sauers and Glen Day shot 68.