Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 7/11/13
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It took years for Zach Johnson to feel comfortable at his hometown tournament. These days, Johnson is more relaxed than anyone in the field - and that's a major reason why he's in early position to repeat as the champion of the John Deere Classic. Johnson shot a 7-under 64 and is tied with Camilo Villegas for the lead after Thursday's opening round of the John Deere Classic. It was the 17th straight round in the 60s at TPC Deere Run for Johnson, who grew up roughly 100 miles away in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Matt Bettencourt made the field as a late alternate and shot a 6-under 65. He's tied for second with Daniel Summerhays and Brendon de Jonge. Boo Weekley is among a host of players at 5-under 66, while three-time tournament champion Steve Stricker is at 4-under 67 heading into Friday's second round. ''It's hard to believe that it's been a year. Yeah, I just kind of felt like you're just leading into the next round here,'' Johnson said. ''I've just gotten so used to just everythin...
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