(Reuters) – Mexico’s Roberto Diaz holed a 100-yard wedge shot for eagle at his first hollow and not appeared again as he fired a flawless nine-under-par 62 and grabbed a two-stroke lead after the primary spherical on the John Deere Vintage in Illinois on Thursday.
Jul 11, 2019; Silvis, IL, USA; Roberto Diaz performs the 18th hollow right through the primary spherical of the John Deere Vintage golfing match at TPC Deere Run. Necessary Credit score: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports activities
American citizens Russell Henley and Adam Lengthy had been in 2nd on 64, whilst Britain’s Martin Laird, who’s lacking his house Scottish Open this week, used to be amongst a gaggle of six avid gamers on 65 at TPC Deere Run in Silvis.
The most efficient finisher on Sunday now not already exempt for the British Open will earn the overall seat at the in a single day constitution flight to Royal Portrush for subsequent week’s main championship in Northern Eire.
Neither Diaz, Henley nor Lengthy are these days within the Open.
Diaz, in his 2nd 12 months on excursion, posted a career-best tie for 8th on the Vacationers Championship 3 weeks in the past, and the 32-year-old stepped up his recreation even additional on Thursday.
“The whole lot clicked these days,” he instructed newshounds of his spherical that incorporated seven birdies.
“I’ve been enjoying beautiful forged right through the 12 months. The driving force has been superior and I’ve been hitting a large number of fairways.
“It’s superior to get it going, and if you get it going, you simply really feel that it’s a must to put the pedal to the steel and stay going as a result of … the next day it could be any individual else taking pictures 62 or 61.”
Henley, in the meantime, lamented a bogey at his ultimate hollow, the place his pressure discovered an unpleasant lie in punishing tough, however he another way noticed some promising indicators.
“This has been a peculiar 12 months for me,” stated the excursion’s 164th-ranked participant.
“I simply haven’t felt myself enjoying golfing. (I’ve been) a little bit misplaced however I’ve been setting up a large number of paintings on my recreation, and I felt assured going into these days.
“I don’t suppose I’ve ever misplaced the realization that I will have a pleasant match or a pleasant spherical. It’s only a subject of a couple of bumps within the highway right here and there.”
Lengthy used to be a wonder winner on the Wasteland Vintage in California in January, however has carried out valuable little since.
He stated there used to be so much much less tension due to the two-year exemption he gained, however the recreation used to be the similar problem.
“It’s nonetheless golfing, it nonetheless drives you loopy, and I nonetheless have somewhat of a perfectionist in me that I don’t love to accept mediocre,” he stated.
“I’m looking to get on my flight to Eire right here. I haven’t certified but, so I’d like to be there.”
Reporting by means of Andrew Each in Cary, North Carolina; Modifying by means of Greg Stutchbury