The 2017 John Deere Classic will tee off the first round on Thursday at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill.
Now in its 47th year, the 2016 John Deere Classic was recognized as the PGA TOUR’s Tournament of the Year for overall excellence. The Quad Cities-based event will feature its highest-ever purse: $5.6 million, with $1 million going to the winner.
Over the course of the last 20 years, not only has the John Deere Classic provided electrifying drama, but the sponsorship of John Deere has allowed the event to become the charity engine that has helped raise $80 million for hundreds of worthy causes.
Ryan Moore, whose two-shot victory at last year’s John Deere Classic helped him earn the final captain’s pick for the U.S. Ryder Cup team, will defend his title, July 10-16, at TPC Deere Run.
The 34-year-old Las Vegas resident shot 22-under par at Deere Run last year with rounds of 65-65-65-67—262 – including bogey-free weekend – en route to his fifth career PGA TOUR win.
“I want to go back and try and do the same thing this year and play some great golf and hope that leads to a win,” Moore said.
After earning his fifth PGA Tour win at last year’s John Deere Classic, Moore had a red-hot run that included a playoff loss to Rory McIlroy in the season-ending Tour Championship and a spot on the US Ryder Cup team.
He comes to this years event coming off a shoulder injury which has sidelined him since early June.
“I probably could have come back couple weeks ago if I really needed to, but I thought this was the right time with the end of the season being a pretty big push here,” Moore told the media.
In addition to recording 23 straight sub-par rounds at Deere Run, Moore has grown to appreciate the Quad Cities community and the way the tournament is run.
“They’ve done a phenomenal job of making it a fun week, a family week, and really just a great event,” Moore said of the John Deere Classic staff, led by tournament director Clair Peterson.
Moore will be joined in the 156-man field by John Deere Classic icons and past champions Zach Johnson (2012), of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Wisconsin native Steve Stricker (2009-2011), the only player to three-peat at the event. The 2014 champion, Brian Harman, who recently won the Wells Fargo Championship in North Carolina, also will be back.
Davis Love III and Bubba Watson will also be in the field, with Love coming from an impressive week at the Greenbrier Classic.
John Deere And The Fed Ex Cup
With just six weeks (eight events) remaining, the John Deere Classic will once again prove pivotal in the race for the FedExCup. Only the top-125 after the Wyndham Championship advance to THE NORTHERN TRUST, the first of four Playoffs events.
• John Deere Classic champions have an impressive history in the Playoffs the year of their win at TPC Deere Run. Nine of the 10 winners of the John Deere Classic in the FedExCup era have qualified for the season-ending TOUR Championship (Brian Harman, 2014).
• Last year’s John Deere Classic winner Ryan Moore not only made it to East Lake, but was part of a playoff Sunday night. Rory McIlroy eventually clinched the tournament and FedExCup title, though Moore finished a career-best seventh in the final FedExCup standings.
Tee times for the 2017 John Deere Classic at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill.
All times are Eastern