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

John Deere Classic
Tournament information
LocationSilvis, Illinois
Established1971
Course(s)TPC Deere Run
Par71
Length7,257 yards (6,636 m)[1]
Tour(s)PGA Tour
FormatStroke play
Prize fundUS$7,400,000
Month playedJuly
Tournament record score
Aggregate257 Michael Kim (2018)
To par−27 as above
Current champion
Austria Sepp Straka
Location Map
TPC Deere Run is located in the United States
TPC Deere Run
TPC Deere Run
Location in the United States
TPC Deere Run is located in Illinois
TPC Deere Run
TPC Deere Run
Location in Illinois

History edit

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.[4] 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.[5]

Since the introduction of the Open Qualifying Series, the John Deere Classic is a final chance for a player not already exempt to earn entry into The Open if he finished in the top five. In order to help attract players who will compete in the following week's Open Championship, 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.[6][7]

Highlights edit

  • 1971: Future PGA Tour commissioner Deane Beman wins the inaugural tournament by two strokes over Dow Finsterwald.
  • 1972: Deane Beman successfully defends his championship in the tournament's first year as an official event.
  • 1979: Sam Snead becomes the first golfer in PGA Tour history to shoot his age in the second round with a 67. He then shot a 66 in the final round.
  • 2000: Michael Clark II wins the first John Deere Classic played at TPC Deere Run.
  • 2005: Michelle Wie, then a teenager, plays for the first time on a sponsor's exemption.
  • 2012: Steve Stricker becomes the first to win the John Deere Classic in three consecutive years.
  • 2013: 19-year-old Jordan Spieth becomes the youngest to win a PGA Tour event when he wins the John Deere Classic for the first time.

Winners edit

Year Winner Score To par Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up Purse
(US$)
Winner's
share ($)
John Deere Classic
2023   Sepp Straka 263 −21 2 strokes   Alex Smalley
  Brendon Todd
7,400,000 1,332,000
2022   J. T. Poston 263 −21 3 strokes   Christiaan Bezuidenhout
  Emiliano Grillo
7,100,000 1,278,000
2021   Lucas Glover 265 −19 2 strokes   Ryan Moore
  Kevin Na
6,200,000 1,116,000
2020 Canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic[8]
2019   Dylan Frittelli 263 −21 2 strokes   Russell Henley 6,000,000 1,080,000
2018   Michael Kim 257 −27 8 strokes   Bronson Burgoon
  Joel Dahmen
  Francesco Molinari
  Sam Ryder
5,800,000 1,044,000
2017   Bryson DeChambeau 266 −18 1 stroke   Patrick Rodgers 5,600,000 1,008,000
2016   Ryan Moore 262 −22 2 strokes   Ben Martin 4,800,000 864,000
2015   Jordan Spieth (2) 264 −20 Playoff   Tom Gillis 4,700,000 846,000
2014   Brian Harman 262 −22 1 stroke   Zach Johnson 4,700,000 846,000
2013   Jordan Spieth 265 −19 Playoff   David Hearn
  Zach Johnson
4,600,000 828,000
2012   Zach Johnson 264 −20 Playoff   Troy Matteson 4,600,000 828,000
2011   Steve Stricker (3) 262 −22 1 stroke   Kyle Stanley 4,500,000 810,000
2010   Steve Stricker (2) 258 −26 2 strokes   Paul Goydos 4,400,000 792,000
2009   Steve Stricker 264 −20 3 strokes   Zach Johnson
  Brett Quigley
  Brandt Snedeker
4,300,000 774,000
2008   Kenny Perry 268 −16 Playoff   Brad Adamonis
  Jay Williamson
4,200,000 756,000
2007   Jonathan Byrd 266 −18 1 stroke   Tim Clark 4,100,000 738,000
2006   John Senden 265 −19 1 stroke   J. P. Hayes 4,000,000 720,000
2005   Sean O'Hair 268 −16 1 stroke   Robert Damron
  Hank Kuehne
4,000,000 720,000
2004   Mark Hensby 268 −16 Playoff   John E. Morgan 3,800,000 684,000
2003   Vijay Singh 268 −16 4 strokes   Jonathan Byrd
  J. L. Lewis
  Chris Riley
3,500,000 630,000
2002   J. P. Hayes 262 −22 4 strokes   Robert Gamez 3,000,000 540,000
2001   David Gossett 265 −19 1 stroke   Briny Baird 2,800,000 504,000
2000   Michael Clark II 265 −19 Playoff   Kirk Triplett 2,600,000 468,000
1999   J. L. Lewis 261 −19 Playoff   Mike Brisky 2,000,000 360,000
Quad City Classic
1998   Steve Jones 263 −17 1 stroke   Scott Gump 1,550,000 279,000
1997   David Toms 265 −15 3 strokes   Brandel Chamblee
  Robert Gamez
  Jimmy Johnston
1,350,000 243,000
1996   Ed Fiori 268 −12 2 strokes   Andrew Magee 1,200,000 216,000
1995   D. A. Weibring (3) 197[a] −13 1 stroke   Jonathan Kaye 1,000,000 180,000
Hardee's Golf Classic
1994   Mark McCumber 265 −15 1 stroke   Kenny Perry 1,000,000 180,000
1993   David Frost (2) 259 −21 7 strokes   Payne Stewart
  D. A. Weibring
1,000,000 180,000
1992   David Frost 266 −14 3 strokes   Tom Lehman
  Loren Roberts
1,000,000 180,000
1991   D. A. Weibring (2) 267 −13 1 stroke   Paul Azinger
  Peter Jacobsen
1,000,000 180,000
1990   Joey Sindelar 268 −12 Playoff   Willie Wood 1,000,000 180,000
1989   Curt Byrum 268 −12 1 stroke   Bill Britton
  Brian Tennyson
700,000 126,000
1988   Blaine McCallister 261 −19 3 strokes   Dan Forsman 600,000 108,000
1987   Kenny Knox 265 −15 1 stroke   Gil Morgan 500,000 90,000
1986   Mark Wiebe 268 −12 1 stroke   Curt Byrum 400,000 72,000
Lite Quad Cities Open
1985   Dan Forsman 267 −13 1 stroke   Bob Tway 300,000 54,000
Miller High Life QCO
1984   Scott Hoch (2) 266 −14 5 strokes   George Archer
  Vance Heafner
  Dave Stockton
200,000 36,000
1983   Danny Edwards 266 −14 Playoff   Morris Hatalsky 200,000 36,000
1982   Payne Stewart 268 −12 2 strokes   Brad Bryant
  Pat McGowan
200,000 36,000
Quad Cities Open
1981   Dave Barr 270 −10 Playoff   Woody Blackburn
  Frank Conner
  Dan Halldorson
  Victor Regalado
200,000 36,000
1980   Scott Hoch 266 −14 3 strokes   Curtis Strange 200,000 36,000
Ed McMahon-Jaycees Quad Cities Open
1979   D. A. Weibring 266 −14 2 strokes   Calvin Peete 200,000 36,000
1978   Victor Regalado 269 −15 1 stroke   Fred Marti 150,000 30,000
1977   Mike Morley 267 −17 1 stroke   Bob Murphy
  Victor Regalado
125,000 25,000
1976   John Lister 268 −16 2 strokes   Fuzzy Zoeller 100,000 20,000
1975   Roger Maltbie 275 −9 1 stroke   Dave Eichelberger 75,000 15,000
Quad Cities Open
1974   Dave Stockton 271 −13 1 stroke   Bruce Fleisher 100,000 20,000
1973   Sam Adams 268 −16 3 strokes   Dwight Nevil
  Kermit Zarley
100,000 20,000
1972   Deane Beman (2) 279 −5 1 stroke   Tom Watson 100,000 20,000
Quad Cities Open Invitational
1971   Deane Beman 277 −7 2 strokes   Dow Finsterwald 25,000 5,000

Note: Green highlight indicates scoring records.
Sources:[9][10]

Multiple winners edit

Through 2018, six men have won the John Deere Classic more than once.

Notes edit

  1. ^ Shortened to 54 holes due to rain.

References edit

  1. ^ "Tournament at a glance". John Deere Classic. 2012. Archived from the original on July 7, 2012. Retrieved July 10, 2012.
  2. ^ History: John Deere Classic
  3. ^ "Inside the course: TPC Deere Run". PGA Tour. July 9, 2012. Archived from the original on July 12, 2012. Retrieved July 10, 2012.
  4. ^ "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.
  5. ^ "Jordan Spieth, 19, takes John Deere". ESPN. July 14, 2013. Retrieved July 14, 2013.
  6. ^ Sherman, Ed (July 8, 2008). "John Deere Classic finds novel way to attract players". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved July 14, 2013.
  7. ^ Hoggard, Rex (July 4, 2011). "Air Deere draws Open crowd to John Deere". Golf Channel. Retrieved July 14, 2013.
  8. ^ "2020 John Deere Classic canceled due to area restrictions, related concerns". PGA Tour. May 28, 2020. Retrieved May 28, 2020.
  9. ^ John Deere Classic – Winners – at pgatour.com
  10. ^ John Deere Classic – Winners Archived 2014-07-14 at the Wayback Machine – at golfobserver.com (1972–2009)

External links edit