Appleby in the hunt for a British Open spot in Illinois

Appleby … looking for some consistent rounds

STUART APPLEBY is off to a strong start at the 2012 John Deere Classic shooting a 5-under 66 at the TPC Deere Run in Illinois.

The Aussie US PGA Tour veteran had seven birdies, an unblemished four coming home on his back nine.

That was still five shots behind tearaway leader Tory Matteson, who produced the joint lowest round of his career to finish at 10-under on 61.

On a day of perfect conditions and low scoring, the American was three in front of compatriot Ricky Barnes with seven golfers tied for third on 6-under, including Steve Stricker, angling for his fourth straight win.

There’s more than just the hefty winner’s cheque and FedEx Cup points up for grabs at this event, with a British Open spot going to the leading golfer in the top five not already a starter.

That would include Appleby should he improve his current position, which is tied for 10th.

Matteson, a two-time winner on the PGA TOUR, birdied five holes on each nine at TPC Deere Run course and got off to an uncharacteristically good start with three on his first four holes.

“I’ve always been one of the slow-starting Thursday players,” Matteson said. “If I could do one thing differently in my entire career, it would be to be a faster starter.”

Nathan Green was the next best placed Aussie on 4-under with Nick O’Hern and Matt Jones 3-under and John Senden a stroke further back.

2012 John Deere Classic Leaderboard
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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. He is a former Sydney journalist who had little interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded ASG in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, numerous amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best News Report for 2016 - 2017

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