John Deere Classic

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John Deere Classic
Tournament information
Location Silvis, Illinois, U.S.
Established 1971
Course(s) TPC Deere Run
Par 71
Length 7,257 yards (6,636 m)[1]
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Format Stroke play
Prize fund $4.7 million
Month played July
Tournament record score
Aggregate 258 Steve Stricker (2010)
To par −26 Steve Stricker (2010)
Current champion
United States Brian Harman
TPCDeere Run is located in United States
TPCDeere Run
TPC
Deere Run
Location in the United States

The John Deere Classic is a professional golf tournament on the PGA Tour. It is played annually in July, the week before the British Open, at TPC Deere Run in the Quad Cities community of Silvis, Illinois.

The tournament began as the Quad Cities Open in 1971 and was a "satellite event" on the PGA Tour. It became an official tour event in 1972.[2] Title sponsors have included Ed McMahon (1974–79), Miller Brewing Company (1982–85), Hardee's (1986–94) and John Deere (since 1999).

From the event's inception in 1971 through 1974, it was played at Crow Valley Country Club in Davenport, Iowa. It then moved to Oakwood Country Club in Coal Valley, Illinois from 1975 to 1999. Since 2000, the event has been at the TPC at Deere Run in Silvis.[3]

In 2005 and 2006, the tournament generated more media coverage because of the sponsor's exemptions given to teenager Michelle Wie. In 2005, the tournament's storyline also revolved around Sean O'Hair, whose win qualified him to play in The Open the following week and was a significant part of his PGA Tour Rookie of the Year season. The 2013 edition saw Jordan Spieth, two weeks shy of his 20th birthday, become the first teenager to win on the PGA Tour since 1931.[4]

Its placement on the schedule just before the British Open has been called "a challenge" by ESPN golf columnist Bob Harig. He noted in a 2012 piece that the Quad Cities are six time zones behind the United Kingdom, and The Open is played on links courses that are radically different from that used for the John Deere Classic. To help attract players who will compete in The Open, since 2008 the John Deere Classic has sponsored a charter flight that leaves the Quad Cities on Sunday night and arrives in Britain the next morning.[5][6] Despite this, Harig noted that golfers who play both events "are missing acclimation time. And practice time on a unique golf course, a style that few play regularly."[7]

Sponsor's exemptions for Michelle Wie[edit]

Michelle Wie first received a sponsor's exemption to play in the John Deere Classic in 2005, part of her effort to make the cut in a men's professional golf event. The tournament attracted thousands of visitors as fans flocked to see the 15-year-old Wie play. She posted a 70 (−1) in the first round and was four-under for the tournament after 32 holes, but then had a double bogey and bogey on successive holes. Wie finished with two pars to shoot 141 (−1) and missed the cut by two strokes.[8]

Wie received a sponsor's exemption again in 2006; it was her first men's event with a cut since making the cut in a men's tournament for the first time earlier that year in Korea. She finished the first round at 77 (+6), well behind the projected cut line of −2. In the moderate afternoon heat (88 °F (31 °C)) of the second day, she fell two strokes further behind after a double bogey at the 9th hole and withdrew from the tournament,[9] citing heat exhaustion. After receiving treatment at the course medical trailer, Wie departed in an ambulance, as required by state law.[10]

Winners[edit]

Year Player Country Score To par Winner's
share ($)
Purse ($)
John Deere Classic
2014 Brian Harman  United States 262 −22 846,000 4,700,000
2013 Jordan Spieth  United States 265PO −19 828,000 4,600,000
2012 Zach Johnson  United States 264PO −20 828,000 4,600,000
2011 Steve Stricker (3)  United States 262 −22 810,000 4,500,000
2010 Steve Stricker (2)  United States 258 −26 792,000 4,400,000
2009 Steve Stricker  United States 264 −20 774,000 4,300,000
2008 Kenny Perry  United States 268PO −16 756,000 4,200,000
2007 Jonathan Byrd  United States 266 −18 738,000 4,100,000
2006 John Senden  Australia 265 −19 720,000 4,000,000
2005 Sean O'Hair  United States 268 −16 720,000 4,000,000
2004 Mark Hensby  Australia 268PO −16 684,000 3,800,000
2003 Vijay Singh  Fiji 268 −16 630,000 3,500,000
2002 J. P. Hayes  United States 262 −22 540,000 3,000,000
2001 David Gossett  United States 265 −19 504,000 2,800,000
2000 Michael Clark II  United States 265PO −19 468,000 2,600,000
1999 J. L. Lewis  United States 261PO −19 360,000 2,000,000
Quad City Classic
1998 Steve Jones  United States 263 −17 279,000 1,550,000
1997 David Toms  United States 265 −15 243,000 1,350,000
1996 Ed Fiori  United States 268 −12 216,000 1,200,000
1995 D. A. Weibring (3)  United States 197^ −13 180,000 1,000,000
Hardee's Golf Classic
1994 Mark McCumber  United States 265 −15 180,000 1,000,000
1993 David Frost (2)  South Africa 259 −21 180,000 1,000,000
1992 David Frost  South Africa 266 −14 180,000 1,000,000
1991 D. A. Weibring (2)  United States 267 −13 180,000 1,000,000
1990 Joey Sindelar  United States 268PO −12 180,000 1,000,000
1989 Curt Byrum  United States 268 −12 126,000 700,000
1988 Blaine McCallister  United States 261 −19 108,000 600,000
1987 Kenny Knox  United States 265 −15 90,000 500,000
1986 Mark Wiebe  United States 268 −12 72,000 400,000
Lite Quad Cities Open
1985 Dan Forsman  United States 267 −13 54,000 300,000
Miller High Life QCO
1984 Scott Hoch (2)  United States 266 −14 36,000 200,000
1983 Danny Edwards  United States 266PO −14 36,000 200,000
1982 Payne Stewart  United States 268 −12 36,000 200,000
Quad Cities Open
1981 Dave Barr  Canada 270PO −10 36,000 200,000
1980 Scott Hoch  United States 266 −14 36,000 200,000
Ed McMahon-Jaycees Quad Cities Open
1979 D. A. Weibring  United States 266 −14 36,000 200,000
1978 Victor Regalado  Mexico 269 −15 30,000 150,000
1977 Mike Morley  United States 267 −17 25,000 125,000
1976 John Lister  New Zealand 268 −16 20,000 100,000
1975 Roger Maltbie  United States 275 −9 15,000 75,000
Quad Cities Open
1974 Dave Stockton  United States 271 −13 20,000 100,000
1973 Sam Adams  United States 268 −16 20,000 100,000
1972 Deane Beman (2)  United States 279 −5 20,000 100,000
Quad Cities Open (as a satellite event)[2]
1971 Deane Beman  United States 277 −7 5,000 25,000

PO Indicates a win in a playoff
^ Indicates weather-shortened to 54 holes
Note: Green highlight indicates scoring records.
Main sources[11][12]

Multiple winners[edit]

Through 2013, five men have won the John Deere Classic more than once.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tournament at a glance". John Deere Classic. 2012. Retrieved July 10, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b History: John Deere Classic
  3. ^ "Inside the course: TPC Deere Run". PGA Tour. July 9, 2012. Retrieved July 10, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Jordan Spieth, 19, takes John Deere". ESPN. July 14, 2013. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  5. ^ Sherman, Ed (July 8, 2008). "John Deere Classic finds novel way to attract players". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  6. ^ Hoggard, Rex (July 4, 2011). "Air Deere draws Open crowd to John Deere". Golf Channel. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  7. ^ Harig, Bob (July 10, 2012). "Answers aplenty on major preparations". ESPN. Retrieved July 14, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Michelle Wie scorecard: 2005 John Deere Classic". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved July 10, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Michelle Wie scorecard: 2006 John Deere Classic". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved July 10, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Wie withdraws due to heat exhaustion at John Deere Classic". PGA Tour. July 14, 2006. Archived from the original on July 17, 2006. Retrieved July 10, 2012. 
  11. ^ John Deere Classic – Winners – at pgatour.com
  12. ^ John Deere Classic – Winners – at golfobserver.com (1972–2009)

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 41°28′37″N 90°23′31″W / 41.477°N 90.392°W / 41.477; -90.392