SILVIS, Ill. – A pair of New Jersey natives in Chris Gotterup and Morgan Hoffman, who are playing on sponsor’s exemptions at the John Deere Classic will play over the weekend, both making the cut.

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Gotterup, 22, continued his excellent play on Friday, carding a 4-under par 67, highlighted by four birdies and an eagle. The last sponsor exemption to win on the PGA Tour was in 2020 when Martin Laird won the 2020 Shriners Children’s Open.

“I was in this position in Puerto Rico, so I am definitely going to draw off that,” Gotterup said of being T-3. “It's nice. Like yesterday I said I definitely was fighting to make the cut more the last two, three weeks rather than playing to win, which I was not really happy about. So to be in this spot now is pretty fulfilling. Obviously, there is a lot of golf left.”



Hoffman, who was placed in the field last minute on an unrestricted sponsor exemption when Steve Stricker withdrew has made the most of this opportunity.

After opening Thursday with a 1-over par 72, Hoffman went low on Friday, recording a 7-under par 64. In 2017, the New Jersey native was diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy and has been competing with a medical exemption. Friday marked the first time he’s made consecutive cuts since April 2019.

Gotterup will play in the second to last group on Saturday, paired with Matthias Schwab and will tee off at 12:30 p.m. Hoffman will tee off at 9:50 a.m. with Austin Cook.

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