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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.

John Deere Classic
John Deere Classic logo.png
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 $5.6 million
Month played July
Aggregate 258 Steve Stricker (2010)
To par −26 Steve Stricker (2010)
United States Bryson DeChambeau
TPCDeere Run is located in the US
TPCDeere Run
TPC
Deere Run
Location in the United States
TPCDeere Run is located in Illinois
TPCDeere Run
TPC
Deere Run
Location in 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] Ed McMahon served as tournament host from 1975 to 1979. Title sponsors have included 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. Beginning in 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]

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Sponsor's exemptions for Michelle WieEdit

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]

WinnersEdit

Year Player Country Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up Winner's
share ($)
Purse ($)
John Deere Classic
2017 Bryson DeChambeau   United States 266 −18 1 stroke   Patrick Rodgers 1,008,000 5,600,000
2016 Ryan Moore   United States 262 −22 2 strokes   Ben Martin 864,000 4,800,000
2015 Jordan Spieth (2)   United States 264 −20 Playoff   Tom Gillis 846,000 4,700,000
2014 Brian Harman   United States 262 −22 1 stroke   Zach Johnson 846,000 4,700,000
2013 Jordan Spieth   United States 265 −19 Playoff   David Hearn
  Zach Johnson
828,000 4,600,000
2012 Zach Johnson   United States 264 −20 Playoff   Troy Matteson 828,000 4,600,000
2011 Steve Stricker (3)   United States 262 −22 1 stroke   Kyle Stanley 810,000 4,500,000
2010 Steve Stricker (2)   United States 258 −26 2 strokes   Paul Goydos 792,000 4,400,000
2009 Steve Stricker   United States 264 −20 3 strokes   Zach Johnson
  Brett Quigley
  Brandt Snedeker
774,000 4,300,000
2008 Kenny Perry   United States 268 −16 Playoff   Brad Adamonis
  Jay Williamson
756,000 4,200,000
2007 Jonathan Byrd   United States 266 −18 1 stroke   Tim Clark 738,000 4,100,000
2006 John Senden   Australia 265 −19 1 stroke   J. P. Hayes 720,000 4,000,000
2005 Sean O'Hair   United States 268 −16 1 stroke   Robert Damron
  Hank Kuehne
720,000 4,000,000
2004 Mark Hensby   Australia 268 −16 Playoff   John E. Morgan 684,000 3,800,000
2003 Vijay Singh   Fiji 268 −16 4 strokes   Jonathan Byrd
  J. L. Lewis
  Chris Riley
630,000 3,500,000
2002 J. P. Hayes   United States 262 −22 4 strokes   Robert Gamez 540,000 3,000,000
2001 David Gossett   United States 265 −19 1 stroke   Briny Baird 504,000 2,800,000
2000 Michael Clark II   United States 265 −19 Playoff   Kirk Triplett 468,000 2,600,000
1999 J. L. Lewis   United States 261 −19 Playoff   Mike Brisky 360,000 2,000,000
Quad City Classic
1998 Steve Jones   United States 263 −17 1 stroke   Scott Gump 279,000 1,550,000
1997 David Toms   United States 265 −15 3 strokes   Brandel Chamblee
  Robert Gamez
  Jimmy Johnston
243,000 1,350,000
1996 Ed Fiori   United States 268 −12 2 strokes   Andrew Magee 216,000 1,200,000
1995 D. A. Weibring (3)   United States 197^ −13 1 stroke   Jonathan Kaye 180,000 1,000,000
Hardee's Golf Classic
1994 Mark McCumber   United States 265 −15 1 stroke   Kenny Perry 180,000 1,000,000
1993 David Frost (2)   South Africa 259 −21 7 strokes   Payne Stewart
  D. A. Weibring
180,000 1,000,000
1992 David Frost   South Africa 266 −14 3 strokes   Tom Lehman
  Loren Roberts
180,000 1,000,000
1991 D. A. Weibring (2)   United States 267 −13 1 stroke   Paul Azinger
  Peter Jacobsen
180,000 1,000,000
1990 Joey Sindelar   United States 268 −12 Playoff   Willie Wood 180,000 1,000,000
1989 Curt Byrum   United States 268 −12 1 stroke   Bill Britton
  Brian Tennyson
126,000 700,000
1988 Blaine McCallister   United States 261 −19 3 strokes   Dan Forsman 108,000 600,000
1987 Kenny Knox   United States 265 −15 1 stroke   Gil Morgan 90,000 500,000
1986 Mark Wiebe   United States 268 −12 1 stroke   Curt Byrum 72,000 400,000
Lite Quad Cities Open
1985 Dan Forsman   United States 267 −13 1 stroke   Bob Tway 54,000 300,000
Miller High Life QCO
1984 Scott Hoch (2)   United States 266 −14 5 strokes   George Archer
  Vance Heafner
  Dave Stockton
36,000 200,000
1983 Danny Edwards   United States 266 −14 Playoff   Morris Hatalsky 36,000 200,000
1982 Payne Stewart   United States 268 −12 2 strokes   Brad Bryant
  Pat McGowan
36,000 200,000
Quad Cities Open
1981 Dave Barr   Canada 270 −10 Playoff   Woody Blackburn
  Frank Conner
  Dan Halldorson
  Victor Regalado
36,000 200,000
1980 Scott Hoch   United States 266 −14 3 strokes   Curtis Strange 36,000 200,000
Ed McMahon-Jaycees Quad Cities Open
1979 D. A. Weibring   United States 266 −14 2 strokes   Calvin Peete 36,000 200,000
1978 Victor Regalado   Mexico 269 −15 1 stroke   Fred Marti 30,000 150,000
1977 Mike Morley   United States 267 −17 1 stroke   Bob Murphy
  Victor Regalado
25,000 125,000
1976 John Lister   New Zealand 268 −16 2 strokes   Fuzzy Zoeller 20,000 100,000
1975 Roger Maltbie   United States 275 −9 1 stroke   Dave Eichelberger 15,000 75,000
Quad Cities Open
1974 Dave Stockton   United States 271 −13 1 stroke   Bruce Fleisher 20,000 100,000
1973 Sam Adams   United States 268 −16 3 strokes   Dwight Nevil
  Kermit Zarley
20,000 100,000
1972 Deane Beman (2)   United States 279 −5 1 stroke   Tom Watson 20,000 100,000
As a satellite event[2]

Quad Cities Open

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

Multiple winnersEdit

Through 2016, six men have won the John Deere Classic more than once.

ReferencesEdit

  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 16, 2006. Retrieved July 10, 2012. 
  11. ^ John Deere Classic – Winners – at pgatour.com
  12. ^ John Deere Classic – Winners – at golfobserver.com (1972–2009)

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