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Sebastian Munoz, Chesson Hadley take early lead at Deere

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Chesson Hadley and Sebastian Munoz shot matching 63s in the opening round of the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill., on Thursday.

The co-leaders own a one-shot lead at 8 under over Chez Reavie, Camilo Villegas and Hank Lebioda, who all shot 64 at TPC Deere Run and are tied for third. Ryan Moore (65) sits alone in sixth at 6 under.

Five players are T7 three shots back.

Daniel Berger, the highest-ranked player in the field, shot a 2-under 69 and is T52.

Munoz carded three birdies against a bogey on the front nine before catching fire on the back, birdying his final five and six overall.

“It was a really solid round,” Munoz said. “Hit the ball really good all day. I got hot with the putter coming in. I wasn’t making a lot on the front nine, so it was nice to see them go in on the back. You know, overall solid golf, make the putts, hit the shots.”

Hadley posted a clean round. He opened with a birdie on No. 10 and finished with eight overall, four going out and four coming in.

“I was comfortable early and was able to get out of the gates with a birdie,” Hadley said. “Hit some really nice shots kind of right off the bat and then I saw a couple putts come off the way I wanted it to, and it was just kind of all clicking today, which was great. I thought the golf course was probably in as good a shape as I’ve ever seen it.”

–Field Level Media

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