Chez Reavie shot a 9-under 62 Friday, relying on his putter to claim a two-stroke lead after two rounds of the John Deere Classic.
Reavie found the greens at TPC Deere Run to his liking while making an eagle and a succession of birdie putts, going 8 under during one nine-hole stretch. He went into the weekend at 14-under 128 in search of his first victory since the 2008 Canadian Open.
"The putter's been great," Reavie said. "That's been the key. I saved some poor shots with good par putts and hit some good shots and made birdies."
Steve Stricker shot 64 to finish at 12 under in his bid for a third straight victory in the tournament.
Steve Marino (66) also was 12 under. Jhonattan Vegas (64), Mark Wilson (67), Brendon de Jonge (66) and Kyle Stanley (67) were four off the lead.
Reavie struggled early this year, missing the cut in three of his first five tournaments after being out eight months following surgery last June for a torn ACL and meniscus in his right knee.
But he was playing so well Friday that he had his sights on a 59 after he birdied his 16th hole of the day, the par-3 No. 7, to drop to 10 under for the round.
Birdies on his final two holes would have put him at the magic number, but those hopes died when his birdie attempt from 14 feet lipped out on the eighth hole.
CHAMPIONS: Russ Cochran made six consecutive birdies and shot a 7 under 65 to take the first-round lead at the First Tee Open.
Cochran had seven birdies overall and played a bogey free round in his return to the Champions Tour after suffering a wrist injury that led to a two-month layoff. Cochran was 1 under through 11 holes before going on his run of birdies at the Pebble Beach Golf Links.
David Eger is one shot back at 66, followed by Brad Bryant, Morris Hatalsky and Jim Thorpe at 67. Ten are tied at 68.
SCOTTISH OPEN: Storms brought an early end to the second round, with former U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell in a three-way share of the lead.
McDowell shot an 8-under 64 in the morning and he's tied with Scottish pair Scott Jamieson and Peter Whiteford, who had 66s, at 11-under 133.
Phil Mickelson shot a 67, seven strokes behind the leaders, and should just make the cut.