Kiwi golfers off the pace at John Deere Classic

Last updated 12:30 11/07/2014
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Kiwi golfers Danny Lee and Tim Wilkinson are well off the pace after today's opening round of the US$5.3 million John Deere Classic at the TPC Deere Run course in Silvis, Illinois.  

Lee, after an early birdie on the second, carded bogeys on six, nine and 18 to finish with a two-over par 73.

Wilkinson had an up and down day. He also picked up a birdie on the second and another on the par five 17th, but ruined his chances of a low round with a costly double bogey six on the ninth and bogeys on 12, 16 and 18.

He finished with a three-over 74.

Lee is tied for 119th, with Wilkinson in a tie for 136th.

Three players, Americans Zach Johnson and Brian Harman and South African Rory Sabbatini, share the lead at eight-under after rounds of 63.

Johnson started with two birdies and seven pars and then went on a birdie blitz on the back nine.

He birdied six of the nine holes. Sabbatini was also bogey free with eight birdies on his card - four on each nine.

Harman rolled in nine birdies, his only blemish being a dropped shot on 15.

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