About the John Deere Classic:
Brian Harman opened the tournament with a 63, and strung together three more excellent rounds to win for the first time on the PGA Tour. Harman finished at 22-under 262, one stroke ahead of runner-up Zach Johnson.
Nineteen-year-old Jordan Spieth outlasted defending champ Zach Johnson plus David Hearn in a playoff to win for the first time on the PGA Tour. In so doing, Spieth became just the fourth teenager to win a PGA Tour event (see list). The victory earned Spieth a place in the 2013 British Open and 2014 Masters, plus earned him full tour membership. Johnson and Hearn each had chances to win by making putts, but Spieth finally ended it with a birdie on the fifth extra hole.
2012 John Deere Classic
Zach Johnson defeated Troy Matteson on the second playoff hole to claim the title. The two finished regulation tied at 20-under 264, Johnson catching third-round leader Matteson in the final round by shooting 65 to Matteson's 69. Each double-bogied the first playoff hole, then Johnson won it on the second extra hole with a birdie to Matteson's par. Steve Stricker, attempting to win this tournament for the fourth straight year, finished tied for fifth place. The victory was Johnson's second of 2012, and the ninth PGA Tour win of his career.
PGA Tour John Deere Classic Records:
- 72-hole tournament record: 258 - Steve Stricker, 2010
- 18-hole tournament record: 59 - Paul Goydos, TPC Deere Run, 2010
PGA Tour John Deere Classic Golf Courses:
The TPC track is the third course to serve as host for this tournament in its history. The other two, with the years they hosted the tournament, are:
- Crow Valley Country Club, Bettendorf, Iowa, 1972-74
- Oakwood Country Club, Coal Valley, Ill., 1975-99
PGA Tour John Deere Classic Trivia and Notes:
- The current site of the tournament, TPC Deere Run, was designed by golf course architect and former PGA Tour player D.A. Weibring. That's appropriate, because Weibring was a 3-time winner of the John Deere Classic.
- Steve Stricker is also a 3-time winner here, but Strickers wins were in consecutive years: 2009, 2010 and 2011.
- Prior to Stricker's three straight wins, David Frost (1992-93) was the only other back-to-back winner. In his 1993 victory, Frost set the tournament 72-hole record of 259. In his 2010 win, Stricker lowered that record to 258.
- Weibring also holds the tournament record for most cuts made, with 18.
- When Payne Stewart won in 1982, it marked his first PGA Tour victory.
- Tiger Woods' first PGA Tour win very nearly came at the John Deere Classic, too. But Woods was outdueled in the final round of the 1996 Quad City Classic, as it was then called, by 43-year-old journeyman Ed Fiori.
- In the first round of the 2010 tournament, Paul Goydos carded a round of 59 - just the fourth 59 ever shot in PGA Tour play.
- Sam Snead set a couple PGA Tour records at the 1979 tournament. Then 67 years old, Snead became the oldest golfer to make a cut in a PGA Tour event (a record he later bettered). In the second round he matched his age with a 67. In the final round, he bettered it with a 66. This is the only time a golfer has shot his age or better on the PGA Tour.
- At the 1981 Quad Cities Open, Dave Barr won a playoff over Woody Blackburn, Frank Conner, Dan Halldorson and Victor Regalado. What's significant about this? The playoff lasted eight holes, the second-longest playoff in tour history.
- Fuzzy Zoeller is one of several golfers to share the PGA Tour record for consecutive birdies - 8 in a row. Zoeller tied the mark at this tournament in the first round in 1976. He wound up finishing second that year.
- Michelle Wie made a scene in the John Deere Classic twice, once good, once bad. In 2005, she shot 70-71, 1-under, coming within a stroke of making the cut. In 2006, she opened with a 77, then withdrew midway through the second round, citing heat exhaustion, and was taken from the course in an ambulance.
- When Jordan Spieth posted his first career PGA Tour win at the 2013 Deere, he was two weeks shy of his 20th birthday. Spieth became just the fourth teenager to win a PGA Tour tournament.
PGA Tour John Deere Classic Winners:
John Deere Classic
2014 - Brian Harman, 262
2013 - Jordan Spieth, 265
2012 - Zach Johnson, 264
2011 - Steve Stricker, 262
2010 - Steve Stricker, 258
2009 - Steve Stricker, 264
2008 - Kenny Perry-p, 268
2007 - Jonathan Byrd, 266
2006 - John Senden, 265
2005 - Sean O'Hair, 268
2004 - Mark Hensby-p, 268
2003 - Vijay Singh, 268
2002 - J.P. Hayes, 262
2001 - David Gossett, 265
2000 - Michael Clark II-p, 265
1999 - J.L. Lewis-p, 261
Quad City Classic
1998 - Steve Jones, 263
1997 - David Toms, 265
1996 - Ed Fiori, 268
1995 - D.A. Weibring-w, 197
Hardee's Golf Classic
1994 - Mark McCumber, 265
1993 - David Frost, 259
1992 - David Frost, 266
1991 - D.A. Weibring, 267
1990 - Joey Sindelar-p, 268
1989 - Curt Byrum, 268
1988 - Blaine McCallister, 261
1987 - Kenny Knox, 265
1986 - Mark Wiebe, 268
Lite Quad Cities Open
1985 - Dan Forsman, 267
Miller High-Life Quad Cities Open
1984 - Scott Hoch, 266
1983 - Danny Edwards-p, 266
1982 - Payne Stewart, 268
Quad Cities Open
1981 - Dave Barr-p, 270
1980 - Scott Hoch, 266
Ed McMahon-Jaycees Quad City Open
1979 - D.A. Weibring, 266
1978 - Victor Regalado, 269
1977 - Mike Morley, 267
1976 - John Lister, 268
1975 - Roger Maltbie, 275
Quad Cities Open
1974 - Dave Stockton, 271
1973 - Sam Adams, 268
1972 - Deane Beman, 279