Troy Matteson needed all of the three-stroke cushion he built on Thursday for Friday at the 2012 John Deere Classic. Matteson shot three-under to drop his score 13-under through two days, and is now just one stroke ahead of Ricky Barnes, and two strokes ahead of J.J. Henry, Gary Christian, Jeff Maggert and Robert Garrigus.
Nobody approached Matteson's 10-under par from Thursday, not even Matteson himself. He seemed to be well on his way after notching back-to-back birdies on his first two holes at TPC Deere Run. He made seven straight pars before making his next birdie on No. 10, however. He followed up a birdie with a bogey on No. 15.
Maggert shot up 36 spots on the leaderboard into a tie for third place with a round-low 8-under. He hit three straight birdies on hole Nos. 14-16.
Steve Stricker, who is looking for his fourth straight win at the event, shot 4-under to finish at 10-under overall, three shots off the lead.
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