SILVIS IL - JULY 11: Steve Stricker lines up a putt during the final round of the John Deere Classic at TPC Deere Run on July 11 2010 in Silvis Illinois. (Photo by Darren Carroll/Getty Images)

2011 John Deere Classic Field, Tee Times, TV Schedule And More

Louis Oosthuizen will use the 2011 John Deere Classic to prepare for the 2011 British Open next week, while Steve Stricker is out to win his third straight tournament at this event.

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2011 John Deere Classic Tee Times, Leaderboard: Day 2 Begins With Kris Blanks In Lead, Stever Stricker Chasing

Kris Blanks opened the 2011 John Deere Classic with an 8-under and made five straight birdies to end his day atop the leaderboard. But he is facing stiff competition, as there are 17 players who will be within three strokes of him when Round 2 begins on Friday morning. Steve Marino was in a position to overtake Blanks after making four straight birdies to start the back nine, but he would birdie just the 17th hole the rest of the way, finishing at 7-under.

Two-time defending champion Steve Stricker is nearby at 5-under, sinking six birdies and one bogey for a 5-under on the day. With the way the course has played so far, a two-stroke gap shouldn't be hard to make up.

TV coverage for Friday's round begins at 3:00 p.m. ET on the Golf Channel. SiriusXM Radio starts its coverage at 12: 00 p.m. ET. Here is a complete listing of tee times. Some notable ones to keep in mind:

9:00 a.m. ET - Kris Blanks leads Brandt Jobe and James Driscoll for a round at the first tee. Driscoll and Jobe are both far down on the leaderboard, but playing with the guy at the top could motivate them.

9:00 a.m. ET - At the same time, but over at the 10th tee, Steve Marino, Billy Mayfair and Will MacKenzie start their Day 2. Can Marino keep up with Blanks?

1:45 p.m. ET - Steve Stricker and Mark Wilson will play a man down after David Toms withdrew from the tournament. Wilson is just two strokes behind Blanks, Stricker one.

Here is the current top 10 leaderboard:

1. Kris Blanks -8
T2. Davis Love III -7
T2. Matt McQuillan -7
T2. Steve Marino -7
T5. Mark Wilson -6
T5. Kyle Stanley -6
T7. Charles Howell III -5
T7. Josh Teater -5
T7. Lee Janzen -5
T7. Steve Stricker -5

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2011 John Deere Classic Field, Tee Times, TV Schedule And More

The 2011 John Deere Classic gets underway on Thursday, and for Louis Oosthuizen this will be a chance to get loose for the 2011 British Open next week when he defends the Claret Jug. But he'll face stiff competition this weekend with Steve Stricker a heavy favorite. Stricker has won the last two tournaments here, including an impressive 26-under in last year's victory.

For the first two rounds, Stricker will be in a strong group that includes David Toms and Mark Wilson. Here are some notable pairings and tee times to watch for on Thursday (complete tee times here):

8:30 a.m. ET - Steve Stricker, David Toms, Mark Wilson

1:55 p.m. ET - Louis Oosthuizen, Jason Day, Stewart Cink

2:05 p.m. ET - Todd Hamilton, John Daly, David Duval

Cink, Daly, Duval, Hamilton are, like Oosthuizen, previous winners of the British Open. Will any of that experience help them emerge victorious on Sunday afternoon?

First round coverage of the John Deere Classic begins on the Golf Channel at 3 p.m. ET, but Sirius XM radio listeners can pick things up at 12 p.m. ET. Both end the day at 6 p.m. ET.

For more on the PGA Tour, visit Waggle Room and SB Nation's golf hub.

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