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Golf Australia Express : Launch
THE EVENT Bearing a host of different tournament names over the years, the John Deere Classic has been known as such since 1999. A regular stop on the PGA Tour and traditionally held the week before the British Open, it is again to be played at the endearing TPC Deere Run in Illinois, its home since 2000. While its scheduling can hurt it with regards to named player entries, the event has some notable winners on its list. None are bigger than defending champ Steve Stricker, who returns to attempt making it three John Deere Classic wins in as many years, having first claimed the title in 2009, then again in 2010. Australians who have won here include John Senden in 2006 and Mark Hensby in 2004. LAST TIME AROUND With a reputation for producing high- scoring birdiefests, the 2010 John Deere Classic did not disappoint. Tour funnyman Paul Goydos produced one of the finest rounds of golf on the opening day, carding a truly amazing 59—only the fourth in tour history. His 24-under event total, though extremely impressive, still fell two shots adrift of defending champion Steve Stricker. While Stricker led the field by seven shots early in his final round, any thoughts of cruising to victory were quashed as he approached the finish line. With his lead whittled down to two, and with five holes still to play, the golfer’s dreaded 54-hole lead curse looked like it might rear its ugly head. Alas, a clutch birdie on the 17th proved crucial in sealing victory for the American, who also ended the event with a new tournament record of 26-under par. OTG PICKS Jason Day: The Aussie is in major form, finishing runner- up at both the Masters and the US Open. If he’s in the mix on Sunday, he’s a great chance to claim his second PGA Tour win. Jonathan Byrd: He’s all class and has a mental game better than most. Byrd by name, birdie by nature, if he gets on a roll will certainly be one to watch. July 7-10, 2011 TPC Deere Run, Silvis, ILLINOIS Purse: US$4,500,000 Defending Champ: Steve Stricker (USA) What’s happening on the PGA Tour this week PEEK THE “Strick was hard to catch. I kept pushing, chipping, grinding, but that putt he made on 17 was a world class putt.” — Paul Goydos, post 2010 event OH, DEERE! FUN FACT JOHN DEERE CLASSIC LPGA Tour player Michelle Wie received a sponsor’s exemption to play the 2005 John Deere Classic, part of Wie’s effort to make the cut in a men’s golf event. She shot 1-under and missed the cut by two strokes. The event attracted thousands of fans wanting to see Wie take on the big boys. She again received a sponsor’s exemption in 2006, finishing the first round at 6-over par, well behind the projected cut line of 2-under. She came under staunch criticism after withdrawing midway through the second round, citing heat exhaustion.