Wesley Bryan leads as rain again hits John Deere Classic
By Andy Charles
Last Updated: 13/08/16 9:12pm
Wesley Bryan showed off his Web.com Tour form to take the lead at the rain-hit John Deere Classic in Illinois.
Bryan leads the money list on America's second-string tour and is well on his way to making the most of only his third PGA Tour outing of the season.
Delays on Thursday led to many players, including Bryan, having to come back and complete their first round on Friday morning but more heavy rain meant the restart was again put back.
When play began, Bryan concluded his opening round in five-under 66 and then made five birdies on the front-nine of his second 18 holes.
He would eventually sign for a seven-under 64 and, by the time play was again cut short by darkness, the South Carolina native was one shot in front of the field.
Bryan has won three times on the Web.com tour this season, including the most recent event - last week's Digital Ally Open where he beat Grayson Murray and JT Poston in a play-off.
"Been hitting the ball great all week, really the last couple weeks," said Bryan. "Struck it well, made the putts when I needed to, and here we are.
"Knowing that I've been there and been able to hit the shots under pressure, I think should help me out moving forward."
Steve Marino sits in second place on 11 under with Tom Gillis, who was prominent after the opening round, in third place, one shot further back.
But half of the field at TPC Deere Run have either only just started their second round or were forced to wait around all day in the clubhouse.
Kelly Kraft, who sits on eight under after 15 holes, is the best placed of those yet to finish their Friday round.
But well-placed early Thursday starters Scott Pinckney (-6 through two holes), Ryan Moore (-6 after one) and Zach Johnson, who did not tee off his second round, could make big strides on Saturday morning when play will resume on another busy day.