How it happened: Johnson shares John Deere lead

John Deere Classic defending champion Zach Johnson, right, confers with his swing coach, Mike Bender, before teeing off on the second hole during the pro-am for the golf tournament Wednesday, July 10, 2013, in Silvis, Ill.

John Deere Classic defending champion Zach Johnson, right, confers with his swing coach, Mike Bender, before teeing off on the second hole during the pro-am for the golf tournament Wednesday, July 10, 2013, in Silvis, Ill.

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Zach Johnson is off to a good start in his title defense at the John Deere Classic at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill.

Johnson, who defeated Troy Matteson last year in a two-hole playoff, shot 7-under 64 to grab a share of the first-round lead with Camilo Villegas. They lead Brendon de Jonge, Daniel Summerhays and Matt Bettencourt by a shot,

Steve Stricker, who won this event three years in a row from 2009-11, shot 4-under 67, as did amateur Patrick Rodgers, a junior at Stanford.

For complete first- and second-round tee times, click here.

We followed the action all day long at the John Deere, so see how it all unfolded Thursday at TPC Deere Run!

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Update #19: 5:56 p.m. EDT

Patrick Reed is 4 under and has made four straight birdies heading into his final hole of the day, No. 18. Reed missed the cut last week at the Greenbrier, but in the three starts on Tour prior to that he had finished fifth, T-18 and T-34.

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Update #18: 5:45 p.m. EDT

Matt Jones, who finished T-2 last week at the Greenbrier Classic, is 5 under through 11 holes today. He's birdied back-to-back holes, too, at Nos. 10 and 11, and he's leading the afternoon pack so far.

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Update #17: 5:40 p.m. EDT

Last year's runner-up Troy Matteson is 4 under through 16 holes.

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Update #16: 5:32 p.m. EDT

After finishes of T-9, T-8 and T-23 in his last three Tour starts, Morgan Hoffmann finds himself 4 over through 15 holes today.

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Update #15: 5:21 p.m. EDT

Chad Campbell started his round 4 under through three holes. But after adding two more birdies and two bogeys on the back nine, Campbell is still 4 under as he makes the turn.

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Update #14: 5:17 p.m. EDT

Ben Kohles is just outside the top 125 of the FedEx Cup standings, and he's running out of time to move inside that number in order to qualify for the postseason. He's playing well early this week, though. Kohles is 4 under through 14 holes.

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Update #13: 4:13 p.m. EDT

Greg Chalmers adds birdies Nos. 4 and 5 on the day, at Nos. 1 and 2, and he moves to 5 under through 11 holes.

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Update #12: 3:55 p.m. EDT

Earlier, amateur Patrick Rodgers shot 4-under 67. Fellow amateur Justin Thomas is even through three holes this afternoon. Also at even par is former Florida standout T.J. Vogel, who is two holes into his opening round as a pro.

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Update #11: 3:40 p.m. EDT

Most of the top 25 or so players atop the leaderboard right now teed off in the morning, but one player is making an early charge this afternoon. Chad Campbell is 4 under through three holes after an eagle at No. 10 and birdies at Nos. 11-12.

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Update #10: 3:04 p.m. EDT

Patrick Rodgers fired a 4-under 67, equaling his best PGA Tour round. He also shot 67 in the first round of last year's John Deere Classic. Click here to read more.

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Update #9: 2:19 p.m. EDT

Daniel Summerhays opened with a 6-under 65. That's now the fourth time this season that Summerhays has carded a 65, and all four times have been in the opening round.

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Update #8: 2:06 p.m. EDT

A birdie at the par-5 17th moves Camilo Villegas to 7 under and into a tie for the lead with Zach Johnson.

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Update #7: 1:21 p.m. EDT

Zach Johnson just wrapped up a 7-under 64, a first round that included seven birdies and no bogeys. Johnson, the defending champion, leads by a shot over Matt Bettencourt, Brendon de Jonge, Daniel Summerhays and Camilo Villegas. Summerhays and Villegas are still on the course.

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Update #6: 1:03 p.m. EDT

There are three amateurs in the field this week. Stanford junior Patrick Rodgers, Iowa junior Steven Ihm and Alabama junior Justin Thomas. Rodgers is playing in his second consecutive John Deere Classic. Ihm and Thomas are playing in their first JD Classic. Thomas played in the Travelers Championship earlier this year, and he is three-for-three in cuts made in PGA Tour events.

Rodgers and Ihm teed off early. They are both 1 under through 10 holes. Thomas doesn't tee off until later with Brendon Todd and Gary Christian.

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Update #5: 12:33 p.m. EDT

Bogey-free round for Zach Johnson is still going as he moves to 7 under for the tournament. The defending champion has three holes left to play. Four players are tied for second at 6 under. Roberto Castro back on the leaderboard at 5 under after missing the cut last week, but had a runner-up finish at the AT&T National.

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Update #4: 12:09 p.m. EDT

Vaughn Taylor is now tied for the lead with Brendon de Jonge at 6 under. Four players - Zach Johnson, Daniel Summerhays, Matt Bettencourt and Ryo Ishikawa – are at 5 under. Three-time champ Steve Stricker dropped a shot at the par-4 fourth.

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Update #3: 11:38 a.m. EDT

Brendon de Jonge has another birdie at No. 3 to take a one-shot lead over four players that sit at 5 under. Vaughn Taylor, Steve Stricker, Zach Johnson and Daniel Summerhays in second. Summerhays had his second top-10 finish of the season last week at the Greenbrier Classic.

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Update #2: 11:10 a.m. EDT

After making seven consecutive pars to start his round, Vaughn Taylor has now made five consecutive birdies on Nos. 17-3. This season, Taylor has made six cuts in 12 events. He has four top-25 finishes and 1 top-10 finish. Taylor withdrew two weeks ago at the AT&T National citing a back injury.

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Update #1: 11 a.m. EDT

Want to know more about Brendon de Jonge? de Jonge is originally from Harare, Zimbabwe. He went to school at Virginia Tech and graduated in 2003, and now lives in Charlotte, N.C. He has one runner-up finish and three third-place finishes in his career on the PGA Tour. de Jonge is still looking for his first PGA Tour win, but his best finish on Tour this year was at the Waste Management Phoenix Open (T-6).

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Early Movers

Defending champion Zach Johnson is 3 under through nines holes. Starting on the back nine, Johnson birdied Nos. 11, 15 and 17.

Steve Stricker, a three-time champion of the John Deere Classic, is 4 under, one-shot back of the leader Brendon de Jonge. Stricker finished in fifth place last year at the John Deere.

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Weather update

There is no chance of rain Thursday in Silvis, Ill., according to weather.com. Players and fans can expect sunny skies, temperatures reaching 84 degrees and winds of 4 mph.

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Pre-tournament coverage

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