|John Deere Classic - July 06, 2009
JOHN DEERE CLASSIC
TPC Deere Run
Par: 35-36—71Yards: 7,268
Winner's FedExCup Points Share: 500
Purse: $4,300,000Winner: $774,000
2008 Champion: Kenny Perry (268, -16)
Extra Session Helped Perry
to First John Deere Classic Title
A tight race through 54 holes at the 2008 John Deere Classic remained that way through the final round, as Kenny Perry, Brad Adamonis and Jay Williamson battled back and forth at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, IL. The trio eventually ended in a playoff, with Perry winning on the first extra hole. The victory denied both Adamonis and Williamson their first TOUR victory but helped make up for the close call Perry had in 1994 when he finished second at this event behind Mark McCumber.
Perry comes into the tournament on a hot streak, winning in his previous start at the Travelers Championship two weeks ago. He is second in the FedExCup standings and counts two titles in 2009. He also won the FBR Open.
This is the 10th year the John Deere Classic has been held at TPC Deere Run. Besides Perry, two other players currently in the top 10 of the FedExCup standings are in the field. Zach Johnson is third, Steve Stricker is fifth and U.S. Open champ Lucas Glover is seventh.
John Deere Classic Notes
With his win at the 2008 John Deere Classic, Kenny Perry became the first player age 45 and over since Julius Boros in 1967 to win three PGA TOUR tournaments in a year. Boros was 47 years, 3 months, 8 days when he won the 1967 Buick Open Invitational, his third win of that season.
Despite the playoff loss to Kenny Perry in 2008, Jay Williamson earned and accepted a spot in the British Open as the top-five finisher in the event, not previously exempt for the British Open. Since Williamson (69) and Brad Adamonis (70) tied for second place, the players’ final-round scores were used to determine who would get the invitation. It marked the fourth major championship of Williamson’s career and his first since the 2003 U.S. Open. He tied for 39th at Royal Birkdale.
Kenny Perry became just the fourth player to hold or share the third-round lead and go on to victory since the John Deere Classic moved to the TPC Deere Run in 2000. He was the first to do it since John Senden held the lead in 2006 on the way to his win. David Gossett (2001) and J.P. Hayes (2002) are the other two players to do so.
J.P. Hayes, the 2002 John Deere Classic champion, was the only past champion of the John Deere Classic to post a top-10 finish in 2008. Hayes tied for ninth.
For the 33rd consecutive year, in 2008, the winning score at the John Deere Classic was in double digits (16-under-par 268). The winning score has failed to reach double digits only three times in the event’s 38-year history. It happened in 1975 when Roger Maltbie finished at 5-under. Deane Beman was also 5-under in 1972, a year after the former PGA TOUR commissioner won an unofficial event with a 7-under score.
Defending champion Kenny Perry has his work cut out for him in 2009. David Frost (1992-93) and Deane Beman (1971-72) are the only players to successfully defend their John Deere Classic titles.
The John Deere Classic has featured 18 first-time winners in the tournament’s history, the last being John Senden (2006). Since 2000, there have been five first-time winners: Michael Clark II (2000), David Gossett (2001), Mark Hensby (2004), Sean O’Hair (2005) and Senden (2006).
E NOTES FROM THE PGA TOUR
For the fourth consecutive week, there’s a new leader in the FedExCup standings. Tiger Woods is the new leader following his victory last week at the AT&T National. Woods replaces Kenny Perry atop the standings. Prior to Perry, Phil Mickelson held the lead after replacing Zach Johnson.
One more Tiger Woods note: This is the first week this year that Woods has led the FedExCup standings. He’s the fifth different person to lead the standings this year.
Kenny Perry enters this week’s John Deere Classic in the number two spot in the FedExCup standings and given his track record in the event, he could regain the lead this week. Perry has made the cut in 8 of 9 starts in the John Deere Classic with five Top-10 finishes, including a victory last year.
The field this week includes three of the top five and four of the top seven players in the FedExCup standings. Kenny Perry (2nd, 177 points behind) could reclaim the top spot with a solo third or better while Zach Johnson (3rd, 389 points) could move to the top with a victory. The other top ten players in the field are Steve Stricker (5th) and Lucas Glover (7th). Both could move as high as second with a victory.
Look for lots of birdies and eagles this week at the TPC Deere Run. Last year, 1714 birdies and 53 eagles were recorded during the tournament. Only two courses yielded more during 2008.
Since the 2008 John Deere Classic, competitors from that field have gone on to win 22 of the last 47 PGA TOUR events.
J.P. Hayes has a strong record at the John Deere Classic. In seven career starts, Hayes has a victory (2002) and a runner-up finish (2006). He’s shot in the 60s in 16 of 24 career rounds in the tournament—all at the TPC Deere Run.
Players competing this week will have one last chance to qualify for next week’s British Open. The leading player, not otherwise exempt, among the top five finishers will earn a spot in the field.
A total of 23 players are competing this week at the John Deere Classic and will fly over to Scotland for next week’s British Open. Among them are former British Open champs Mark Calcavecchia and Tom Lehman.
One player who has not enjoyed his usual success this year, but has an outstanding record in Minnesota, is Hale Irwin. In 13 starts at the tournament, Irwin has three wins among his seven Top-10 efforts and is a collective 112-under. He finished T12 here last year for his best finish of 2008.
Bernhard Langer currently leads the Tour in wins (3), money ($1,232,886) and Charles Schwab Cup points (1,162). A quick look at the stats will tell you how. He’s the leader in Scoring Average (69.03), Greens In Regulation (76.54), Total Driving (26), Birdie Average (4.47) and All-Around (86).
The PGA TOUR is competing this week in Illinois at the John Deere Classic and for six players in the field at the 3M Championship, the John Deere Classic provides great memories. Dan Forsman, Scott Hoch (twice), Blaine McCallister, Joey Sindelar, Dave Stockton and Mark Wiebe were all John Deere Classic winners and will look to extend their success to Minnesota this week.
The Nationwide Tour is in Canada this week for the Ford Wayne Gretzky Classic. The $800,099 purse is the third highest on the Nationwide Tour.
The Ford Wayne Gretzky Classic features two courses and a celebrity Pro-Am. Among the celebrities teeing it up this week is Charles Barkley.
One of the two courses utilized this week, the Raven Club at Lora Bay, was the easiest course on the 2008 Nationwide Tour, playing to a stroke average of 69.582.