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July 2013


Top Story: A Guide to the John Deere Classic

Author: Len Ziehm

It’s almost here, the only annual Illinois stop on the PGA Tour.

Yes, the John Deere Classic (JDC) is something special. First-time visitors to the spiffy TPC Deere Run course in Silvis, on the outskirts of the Quad Cities, will realize that in a hurry.

The JDC, which takes place this year from July 8–14, is one of the few medium-sized markets left on the PGA Tour. Milwaukee and Detroit lost their longstanding tournaments in recent years, but that won’t happen to the JDC as long as John Deere is around to sponsor the biggest sports event near its home base, roughly a two-hour drive from the Chicago city limits.

John Deere wasn’t always the sponsor. The tourney started as the Quad....