Jhonattan Vegas, seen in a previous tournament, leads the field by one shot heading into the weekend. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

BEVO BEAT

Ex-Longhorn Jhonattan Vegas leads John Deere Classic

Round of 9-under 62 puts him up by one stroke.

Posted July 12th, 2019

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Story highlights
  • Vegas played at UT from 2003 to 2007.
  • He says he "found something really good" on the range Thursday.
  • The former Horn is a three-time PGA Tour winner.

SILVIS, Ill. — Former Texas Longhorn Jhonattan Vegas shot a 9-under-par 62 Friday in the John Deere Classic to take a one-stroke lead into the weekend.

Off since missing the cuts in the Memorial and U.S. Open in June, the three-time PGA Tour winner from Venezuela said he “found something really good” on the range Thursday after an opening 67.

“Probably the best I’ve felt all year, to be honest,” said Vegas, who played at UT from 2003 to 2007. “I hit the ball extremely well, kind of what I’ve been struggling with a little bit the past few months. It felt really good, in control the whole time with the ball-striking, which is my type of game. So I’m glad that stuff is back.”

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Vegas had a 13-under 129 total at TPC Deere Run.

“It’s usually soft, and it’s been a little firmer because of the conditions, obviously a little warm,” Vegas said. “It’s the best I’ve ever seen it. The greens are perfect. The fairways are rolling more. It’s actually a little bit tricky because a lot of the fairways, as undulated as they are, you have to be a little careful with some of those run-outs.”

He last won on the tour in 2017 at the Canadian Open.

Andrew Landry was second after his second 65.

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