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Luke List now has a happy and healthy home life with his newborn son and it showed in his golf game at the John Deere Classic.
List ran off seven birdies in an eight-hole stretch in the middle of his round to post an eight-under 63 that gave him a one-shot lead over Sebastian Munoz going into the weekend at the TPC Deere Run.
List was at 13-under 129.
Munoz played early and shot a four-under 67, getting all his birdies on the back nine and then finishing with 10 pars.
Former tournament winner Ryan Moore had a chance to catch List until he ran into trouble off the 18th tee and made bogey, giving him a 66 and leaving him among seven players two shots off the lead. That group includes Lucas Glover and Chase Seiffert, each with 63.
List is still searching for his first PGA Tour victory, though that wasn't front and centre over the last month.
His son, Harrison, was born June 5 and had to return to hospital because of a respiratory virus that had him intubated for a few days and in intensive care for two weeks.
List, who is No. 117 in the FedEx Cup with the season winding down, stayed home the last two weeks to help with their two-year-old daughter.
"It was tough, but it's been amazing to come back," List said. "Everyone has been asking and praying and thinking about us, so it's kind of cool. It's a big family out here, and it's nice to know that you've got everyone's support when it's not going great."
Harrison is home and gaining weight. "Everything is great now," List said.
List missed only one fairway on Friday and eight of his birdies were about 10 feet or closer. On two of the par fives, he had eagle putts from 25 feet and 10 feet.
The scoring was so good, as it often is at the John Deere, that the cut was at four-under 138.
Greg Chalmers revelled in the conditions. The Australian's six-under 65 saw him rocket 34 places to be in a tie for 18th.
Chalmers enjoyed a bogey-free round and made six birdies, two of which came on his closing holes, to finish five strokes behind List.
John Senden, however, stole the day's honours along with List, Seiffert and Glover with the Australian firing a 63.
It moved the veteran to five under after his opening 74, thanks to eight birdies.
"Yesterday I played actually reasonably well, but I shot a terrible score, and then today I put it all together, which was good," said Senden.
"I holed loads of putts today. I got off to a rough start yesterday, and then I started three-under through four on the front nine today, so really sort of found my way, especially the putts inside sort of six, eight feet. I holed them all today."
Senden believes he can still be competitive in the tournament.
"I believe I need a couple rounds of 65 to be any chance because that's 12-under, that's 17-under, that's probably still not going to be good enough.
"If I shoot 65s I'll be a happy man. That's the goal."
Also making the weekend were compatriots Cam Davis (69) and Rhein Gibson (67) on six under, and Cameron Percy (68) on four under.