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PGA - John Deere Classic Preview
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DATES: Thursday, July 11th through Sunday, July 14th
SITE: TPC Deere Run, Silvis, Illinois
COURSE ARCHITECT: D.A. Weibring and Chris Gray (1999)
PAR: 71
YARDAGE: 7,268
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 395 yds10 - Par 5 596 yds
2 - Par 5 561 yds11 - Par 4 432 yds
3 - Par 3 186 yds12 - Par 3 215 yds
4 - Par 4 454 yds13 - Par 4 424 yds
5 - Par 4 433 yds14 - Par 4 361 yds
6 - Par 4 367 yds15 - Par 4 484 yds
7 - Par 3 226 yds16 - Par 3 158 yds
8 - Par 4 428 yds17 - Par 5 569 yds
9 - Par 4 503 yds18 - Par 4 476 yds
35 3,553 yds36 3,715 yds
Annual:  42nd
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 3-6 p.m. (ET),
  CBS - Saturday/Sunday -- 3-6 p.m. (ET)
Defending Champion:  Zach Johnson
Runner-Up:  Troy Matteson
Tournament Record:  258 (Steve Stricker, 2010)
54-Hole Record:  188 (Steve Stricker, 2010)
36-Hole Record:  126 (Steve Stricker, 2010)
Course Record:  59 (Paul Goydos, 2010)
Total Purse:  $4,600,000
Shares:  1st Place - $828,000; 2nd Place - $496,800; 3rd Place - $312,800
2012 Finish
Zach Johnson *264Steve Stricker268
Troy Matteson264Scott Brown269
Scott Piercy266Five players at270
John Senden267
Luke Guthrie268

* - Won in Playoff

Past John Deere Classic Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2012*Zach Johnson (264) -- Troy Matteson
2011Steve Stricker (262) -- Kyle Stanley
2010Steve Stricker (258) -- Paul Goydos
2009Steve Stricker (264) -- Zach Johnson, Brandt Snedeker, Brett Quigley
2008*Kenny Perry (268) -- Brad Adamonis, Jay Williamson
2007Jonathan Byrd (266) -- Tim Clark
2006John Senden (265) -- J.P. Hayes
2005Sean O'Hair (268) -- Robert Damron, Hank Kuehne
2004*Mark Hensby (268) -- John E. Morgan
2003Vijay Singh (268) -- Chris Riley, Jonathan Byrd, J.L. Lewis
2002J.P. Hayes (262) -- Robert Gamez
2001David Gossett (265) -- Briny Baird
2000*Michael Clark II (265) -- Kirk Triplett
1999*J.L. Lewis (261) -- Mike Brisky
1998Steve Jones (263) -- Scott Gump
1997David Toms (265) -- Brandel Chamblee, Robert Gamez, Jimmy Johnston
1996Ed Fiori (268) -- Andrew Magee
1995#D.A. Weibring (197) -- Jonathan Kaye
1994Mark McCumber (265) -- Kenny Perry
1993David Frost (259) -- Payne Stewart, D.A. Weibring
1992David Frost (266) -- Tom Lehman, Loren Roberts
1991D.A. Weibring (267) -- Paul Azinger, Peter Jacobsen
1990*Joey Sindelar (268) -- Willie Wood
1989Curt Byrum (268) -- Bill Britton, Brian Tennyson
1988Blaine McCallister (261) -- Dan Forsman
1987Kenny Knox (265) -- Gil Morgan
1986Mark Wiebe (268) -- Curt Byrum
1985Dan Forsman (267) -- Bob Tway
1984Scott Hoch (266) -- George Archer, Vance Heafner, Dave Stockton
1983*Danny Edwards (266) -- Morris Hatalsky
1982Payne Stewart (268) -- Brad Bryant, Pat McGowan
1981*Dave Barr (270) -- Woody Blackburn, Frank Conner, Dan Halldorson,
Victor Regalado
1980Scott Hoch (266) -- Curtis Strange
1979D.A. Weibring (266) -- Calvin Peete
1978Victor Regalado (269) -- Fred Marti
1977Mike Morley (267) -- Bob Murphy, Victor Regalado
1976John Lister (268) -- Fuzzy Zoeller
1975Roger Maltbie (275) -- Dave Eichelberger
1974Dave Stockton (271) -- Bruce Fleisher
1973Sam Adams (268) -- Dwight Nevil, Kermit Zarley
1972Deane Beman (279) -- Tom Watson

* - Won in Playoff

# - Rain Shortened

Note:Formerly called Quad City Classic (1995-98), Hardee's Golf Classic
(1986-94), Lite Quad Cities Open (1985), Miller High-Life Quad Cities Open (1982-84), Ed McMahon-Jaycees Quad City Open (1975-79), Quad Cities Open (1972-74, 80-81).

Top Contenders in the Field
Zach JohnsonT-36T-33mcT-69T-2T-21T-3Won
Troy Matteson---mcT-3mcmcT-10T-712nd
Scott Piercy---mc------T-66T-34T-453rd
John SendenT-29WonmcmcT-66T-12---4th
Steve StrickerT-46T-51------WonWonWonT-5
Luke Guthrie---------------------T-5
J.J. Henry---------mcT-5T-62T-56T-13
K.J. Choi---------------mc---T-13
Nick Watneymcmc---mc---------T-13
Kyle Stanley------------T-34---2ndT-19
Chad Campbell---------7thT-15T-34T-56T-36
Carl Petterssonmc---5thmcT-55mc---T-36
Mark WilsonmcmcmcT-69mcT-39T-30T-45
Jonathan ByrdT-13---WonT-41---T-21mcT-54
Sean O'HairWonT-39---mc---------mc
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Steve Stricker
Darkhorse - Luke Guthrie
Last Week's Pick to Win (Phil Mickelson) - Missed the cut
Last Week's Darkhorse (Graham DeLaet) - Finished tied for 30th
NOTES:For the 10th year in a row, the date of the John Deere Classic will be
the week prior to the British Open Championship. With many of the best players in the world preparing for the third major of the season, only six players in the top 30 of the world rankings are in the field. World No. 10 Louis Oosthuizen is the highest-ranked player in the field, followed by three-time John Deere Classic winner Steve Stricker at No. 11.

Sponsor exemptions have been awarded to Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Patrick Rodgers. Spieth, who has posted five top-10 finishes this season, contended last week at The Greenbrier, but a shot 73 on Sunday and tied for 23rd. Thomas helped the University of Alabama to the 2013 National Championship, while Rodgers is a finalist for the Ben Hogan Award.

Last year, Zach Johnson knocked a 6-iron approach from a fairway bunker inside a foot, setting up an easy birdie and a playoff victory. Johnson bested third- round leader Troy Matteson, who had 30 feet for birdie himself on the second playoff hole, but came up short on the 18th green at the TPC Deere Run. Matteson holed a 60-foot eagle on 17 to get into the playoff after blowing a three-shot lead heading into the final round. Both players double bogeyed the first playoff hole on No. 18 after their respective approach shots found the water.

The win last season at TPC Deere Run came in Johnson's 11th consecutive start in the event. It was the first PGA Tour title (of nine) in his home state of Iowa and fourth state overall (Georgia, Texas and Hawaii, the others).

In 2011, Stricker rolled in a 25-foot birdie putt from off the green at the 18th hole in the final round to earn his third consecutive victory at this event. Stricker finished at 22-under-par 262 for a 1-stroke win over Kyle Stanley.

Back in 2010, there was plenty of history made, as Stricker won here for the second straight year following rounds of 60-66-62-70. He set the all-time PGA Tour 54-hole scoring mark at 188. Stricker cooled off Sunday for his worst round of the week and missed the tour's 72-hole record by four shots. He recorded 31 birdies for the tournament, just one shy of the 72-hole all-time tour mark of 32 held by Mark Calcavecchia (2001 Phoenix Open) and Paul Gow (2001 B.C. Open).

Paul Goydos, who finished two strokes back of Stricker in 2010, fired a 59 in the opening round, becoming the fourth player in tour history to achieve that feat. Chip Beck was the only other PGA Tour player to shoot a 59 and lose, tying for third place at the 1991 Las Vegas Invitational. Stricker's opening- round 60 was a career-best on the PGA Tour, but it was only good for second place behind Goydos' 59. It was the first time in tour history that two players scored that low in a single round.

Seven players over the age of 40 have won this tournament - D.A. Weibring (1995), Ed Fiori (1996), Vijay Singh (2003), Kenny Perry (2008) and Stricker three times (2009-11). David Frost (1992-93) is the only other back-to-back winner. Weibring, Scott Hoch, Frost and Stricker are the only multiple champions of the tournament, while Frost and Hoch are the only wire-to-wire winners. Weibring, who designed the TPC Deere Run layout in 1999, is a three-time John Deere Classic champion, last winning in 1995.

In 2006, John Senden became the seventh international player to win this event, joining New Zealand's John Lister (1976), Mexico's Victor Regalado (1978), Canada's Dave Barr (1981), South Africa's Frost (1992-93), Fiji's Singh (2003) and fellow Australian Mark Hensby (2004). Senden also became the tournament's 18th first-time winner. Some of the other first-time winners are: Weibring, Hoch, David Gossett, Payne Stewart, David Toms and Sean O'Hair.

In 2005, O'Hair fired a 6-under 65 in the final round to come from behind and win. O'Hair finished at 16-under-par 268 for his first career victory on the PGA Tour. The 22-year old O'Hair, who became the youngest champion in tournament history, also became the first player in his 20s to win this event since Blaine McAllister (29) in 1988.

Stricker is the all-time money leader in tournament history with $2,769,393 in earnings. David Gossett, the 2001 champion, became the first player to win playing under a sponsor's exemption since Tiger Woods at the 1996 Las Vegas Invitational.

After 25 straight years at Oakwood Country Club, the tournament moved to TPC Deere Run in 2000. Crow Valley Country Club in Iowa hosted the first three years of its existence.

In 2012, $6.79 million was raised for charity through "Birdies for Charity" at the John Deere Classic. Annually, the John Deere Classic continues to raise more charitable dollars per capita than any other event on Tour and 2012 was no exception.

The PGA Tour moves to a pair of locations next week. First and foremost is the British Open at Muirfield, where Ernie Els will defend his title. The Sanderson Farms Championship will be held opposite the third major of the season. Scott Stallings captured the title at Annandale Golf Course last year.

07/09 14:18:53 ET

As of July 9, 2013, at 02:19 PM ET