John Deere Classic, Three tied at the Top. July 11 2014

  dragon logo darkJohn Deere Classic Logo Zach Johnson is one of the three who are tied at the top, with Brian Harman and Rory Sabbatini at the John Deere Classic at TPC Deere Run. Johnson hot at John Deere Zach in action / Getty Images Zach burst back onto the scene opening the John Deere Classic with a -8 under par 63, and is tied at the top with Brian Harman and Rory Sabbatini.  Zach had this to say about being patient; “I have found myself a little impatient in the weeks prior to this week. In Hartford, I missed the cut by like 35 shots, it felt like. In the U.S. Open, I made the cut, but it was pretty boring, bad golf after that. I was a little spent.” Today he actually thought about shooting a 59, like Paul Goydos; "It entered my mind very briefly, I don’t want to say I should have shot 61 or 58 or 60 or 59 or whatever. But I had a chance. I'd rather have 59 wins than shoot 59."  Brian had a spot of caddie trouble,  he was -2 under par through six holes when his caddie, Scott Tway, suddenly took ill. A volunteer from the crowd, Jay Hatch of Davenport, Iowa, took over for the next 12 holes; ''I called a medic over and Scottie said he was going to have to sit out at least a couple holes. Jay was standing there and said, I'll do it. I'll keep up." ''If you go out and birdie half of the golf course, you feel you've done fairly well." Rory has not been in contention for quite a while, but said he like the look of this course; 'I like this course and how it plays, it's fun for spectators because there are a lot of fireworks, and fun for us players, too. This golf course requires the basics, hit the fairway, hit the green, make some putts.'' Is that not true of any golf course ? These three are ahead of  Todd Hamilton, Steven Bowditch, and William McGirt  by a stroke with all of them at -7 under par following their opening rounds of 64. Todd, who is now a  decade removed from The Open victory at Royal Troon, birdied his first two holes and was off on an improbable round of 64; ''I haven't been playing well, it seems if I play well, I shoot 71 or 70. Everyone else when they play well, they shoot 65 or 64. It's a big discrepancy.''