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Stricker Fires 1st Round 66 to Open Attempt at John Deere 3-peat

SILVIS, Ill. (AP) -- Kris Blanks birdied his final five holes Thursday to finish with an 8-under-par 63 and grab the first-round lead at the John Deere Classic.

Blanks, who played the back nine first, rolled in a 25-foot putt on No. 5 to start his late run and capped it with an 11-footer to leave him alone at the top after Canadian rookie Matt McQuillan and veteran Davis Love III had held that spot much of the day with 64s.

Another late starter, Steve Marino, also came in with a 64. Menomonee Falls native Mark Wilson, who has won twice on the tour this year, and Kyle Stanley were another stroke back, while Edgerton's Steve Stricker, seeking his third straight title in the tournament, was part of a large group at 66.

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