Wheatcroft shoots 9-under for 1-stroke lead in Quad Cities

Steve Wheatcroft hits on the 17th hole during the first-round of the John Deere Classic golf tournament Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Silvis, Ill. (Jess

Zach Johnson tees off on the ninth hole during the first-round of the John Deere Classic golf tournament Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Silvis, Ill. (Tod

Michael Kim tees off on the ninth hole during the first-round of the John Deere Classic golf tournament Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Silvis, Ill. (Todd

Joaquin Niemann lines up his putt on the 18th green during the first-round of the John Deere Classic golf tournament Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Silvi

SILVIS, Ill. (AP) — Steve Wheatcroft shot a career-best 9-under 62 on Thursday to take a one-shot lead in the John Deere Classic.

Wheatcroft birdied seven of the last nine holes to finish a shot ahead of Michael Kim. Johnson Wagner, Nick Taylor, Andres Romero and Joel Dahmen shot opening-round 64s. Francesco Molinari, who won the Quicken Loans National two weeks ago, was among a group of players three strokes back.

Zach Johnson shot 69 and three-time John Deere winner Steve Stricker finished at 1-under 70.

Defending champion Bryson DeChambeau, the highest-ranked player in the field, withdrew because of a right shoulder injury.