SILVIS, Ill. - Former Illini Steve Stricker fired a first round 68 (-3) at the John Deere Classic Thursday afternoon. Stricker is five shots off the lead held by a trio of golfers Zach Johnson, Rory Sabbatini and Brian Harman. Fellow Illinois golfers Luke Guthrie and Scott Langley are just one shot behind Stricker. They both shot -2 (69). D.A. Points is eight shots back of the lead after his opening round 71 (E).
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