Diaz shoots 62 to lead John Deere Classic

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The tournament is led by Mexico's Roberto Diaz whose round of 62 has him two ahead of Russell Henley and Adam Long. Martin Laird was another stroke back at 65 with Ryan Palmer, Andrew Landry, Vaughn Taylor, Zack Sucher and Ryan Blaum.

"I just feel that everything clicked today", Diaz said.

But 200th-ranked Henley, whose best finish this year has been a share of 15th at Phoenix, found the rough on his first two shots at nine, which played as the second-toughest hole of the day, and closed with a bogey to fall level with Long. I've been hitting a lot of fairways, and today I hit good numbers all day, and that helps.

He finished in eighth at the Travelers Championship this year and 10th at the Puerto Rico Open in February as well, so he has started to be more consistent.

Long, who claimed his first PGA Tour victory earlier this year in the Desert Classic, and Henley, a three-time victor on the PGA Tour, each carded four birdies on both nines in their 64s.

Diaz holed out for eagle from 100 yards at the par-5 10th, then sank 12-foot birdie putts at the 14th and par-3 16th holes to seize the solo led at eight-under. "Still, 8-under on a links golf course, I didn't see those kind of scores for myself, or even for anybody", Kuchar said.

Long was a surprise victor at the Desert Classic in California in January, but has done precious little since. "I didn't feel like I had to work too hard to make par, so just put the ball into play, and I'm thankful for a nice round". The youngest victor on the tour since Jordan Spieth won at Deere Run 6 years ago, Wolff hit 15 greens in regulation and played bogey-free. He was somewhat inconsistent on his front nine before rallying for three birdies in a five-hole stretch.

Defending champion Michael Kim entered having missed 17 straight cuts.

Zach Johnson had a disappointing day as he sits at 1 over.

"It's still golf, it still drives you insane, and I still have a bit of a perfectionist in me that I don't like to settle for mediocre", he said.

CHAMPIONS: In Akron, Ohio, Steve Stricker topped the Bridgestone Senior Players Championship leader board at 5 under with a hole to play when the first round was suspended for the day because of lightning. He's playing the 50-and-over event instead of going for a fourth victory at the John Deere Classic on the PGA Tour.

Paul Goydos was second at 2 under after five holes.