The big story in the golf world this week was Paul Goydos and his record 59 in the first round of the John Deere Classic. He was the fourth PGA Tour player to ever record a round under 60, and was the first to do it on a par-71 golf course. Goydos deserved all the fanfare he got, plus some, but not far behind him was Steve Stricker, the fourth-ranked golfer in the world and winner of this event a year ago.
While we were all praising Goydos for his accomplishment, Stricker was putting the finishing touches on an opening 60 at TPC Deere Run, a shot back of Goydos. After his second round 66, Stricker sits at 16-under, and is leading the tournament by a shot over Mr. 59.
It's crazy to think that on the same day, at the same event, two people could go as low as Goydos and Stricker were able to, but there is plenty of golf to be played and sitting around thinking about your opening round is only going to hurt your chances to actually win the event.
Goydos is in second place, and will be paired with Stricker on Saturday. They are four and five shots clear of the field, and if they continue to play this way, could make it a two horse race to the finish.
Still, it is Stricker who is the one to beat. No matter the number, it seems that on this golf course, Stricker knows he can pull it off.
We will see if the 59 hangover gets to Goydos, or if he can stay close to Steve. No matter, its been a fun two days of golf.