2023 John Deere Classic Primer: History, TV, Field, Odds

The John Deere, which has had TPC Deere Run as its permanent home since 2000, will host its 51st edition. TPC Deere Run will play to a par of 71 and extend to 7,257 yards for the tournament. It is located along the Rock River, a few miles south of where the Mississippi River divides Moline, Illinois, and Davenport, Iowa.

As one of the poorest fields in recent memory with no players among the top 50 of the Official World Golf Rankings, Lucas Glover will defend his 2021 championship.

More information on what to watch this week at The John Deere is provided below.

2023 DEERE CLASSIC by John

In this week’s 2022 John Deere Classic Primer, Pro Golf Weekly provides a preview of the TPC Deere Run event on the PGA Tour.


Competition: the John Deere Classic
John Deere is the title sponsor.
Touring First: 1971
June 30 – July 3, 2022
In Silvis, Illinois.
Training: TPC Deere Run Distance: 7268 yards for a par of 71.
D.A. Weibring/Chris Gray was the architect.
Type: Stroke Wallet for Games: $7,100,000
$1,278,000 was the winning share.
Champion-in-Residence: Lucas Glover


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On July 15, 2018, a TV cameraman captures the action during the John Deere Classic final round at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Illinois. Getty Images/Michael Cohen/R&A/R&A

Classic John Deere History

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Following the Drive for a Billion ceremony on July 6, 2005, at the 2005 John Deere Championship held at the TPC at Deere Run in Silvis, Illinois, Deane Beman, right, is given a plaque. The contest was won by Beman in 1971 and 1972. Sam Greenwood/Getty Images provided the image.
The Quad Cities Open, a satellite event that the John Deere Classic played as the next season, was a rare Iowa event that had its beginnings in 1971.

The tournament was only officially hosted by the Hawkeye State for four years until it moved to Coal Valley, Illinois, and then in 2000 it made a permanent relocation to TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Illinois.

D.A. Weibring, who shares top place all-time with Stricker and has won the John Deere Classic three times, created TPC Deere Run. Since a champion with a score of -18 or worse has been crowned in each of the previous nine tournaments, the scoring is normally exceedingly low. Paul Goydos’ 2010 shot of the fourth 59 in Tour history took place here as well.

Jumper Spieth

On July 11, 2015, at Silvis, Illinois, during the third round of the John Deere Classic, Jordan Spieth and his caddy Michael Greller stroll towards the sixth fairway. Michael Cohen/Getty Images provided this image.
Because of the low score that year, Goydos only had a one-stroke lead after the first round despite shooting 59. Stricker won that competition after finishing at a tournament-record 26-under par.

Michelle Wie’s efforts to qualify for a men’s event in 2004 and 2005 took place on the same course.

Tournament names in history

(1999 and up) John Deere Classic
Classic Quad City (1995–1998)
(1986–1994) Hardee’s Golf Classic
Quad Cities Open in Lite (1985)
(1982–1984) Miller High Life QCO
Open Quad Cities (1980–1981)
(1975–1979) Ed McMahon-Jaycees Quad Cities Open
Open Quad Cities (1972–1974)
Recent Winners in History
Lucas Glover (-19) in 2021
2021: COVID (-19)
Dylan Frittelli (-21) in 2019
Michael Kim (-27) in 2018
Bryson DeChambeau (-18) in 2017
Ryan Moore (-22) in 2016
Jordan Spieth (-20) in 2015
Brian Harman (-22) in 2014
Jordan Spieth (-19) in 2013
Zach Johnson (-20) in 2012
Steve Stricker (-22) in 2011
Steve Stricker (-26) in 2010
Steve Stricker (-20) in 2009

Historical Records: 257 (-27) (2018) Michael Kim 258 (-26) (2010) Steve Stricker

Three: (1979, 1991, 1995) D.A. Weibring
Steve Stricker (2009–2011), number 3.
Deane Beman (1971–1972)
Scott Hoch, second (1980, 1984)
David Frost, second, (1992–93).
Jordan Spieth, second (2013, 2015)


Stricker, Steve Classic John Deere
During the final round of the 2012 John Deere Classic at TPC Deere Run Silvis, Illinois, Steve Stricker leaves the opening green. Credit: Getty Images/Michael Cohen
Webb Simpson, who is ranked No. 58 in the world and is coming off of his best performance of 2022 (T13 at the Travelers), is the highest-ranked player in the field.

Early in his career, Simpson started twice at the Deere, both times in consecutive editions (2009-T39, 2010-T21).

The next highest ranked player is Sahith Theegala, who placed second last week at TPC River Highlands and is ranked No. 66. The rookie comes in after three starts and two top-5 results.

J.T. Poston finished second last week in Connecticut alongside Theegala. There are only nine players listed inside the top 100, including the global No. 99.

In search of his first top 10 finish since the Sony Open in January, defending champion Lucas Glover begins as the No. 118 player in the world.

This week’s field will also feature Midwestern products Zach Johnson and Steve Stricker, who at times seem to have turned the John Deere Classic into their own two-man high-stakes televised battle.

Stricker, a native of Wisconsin, became the most recent player on the PGA Tour to post a three-peat when he won the Deere title three years in a row from 2009 to 2011. He also holds the record for the most money made at John Deere.

Johnson, an Iowa native who, in a statistic that is hard to believe, won his only John Deere championship that year, ended Stricker’s winning streak.

Johnson’s participation in this race feels like a yearly given, and he did place second the two years after his victory (and had one more finish in second place behind Stricker in 2009). At the Deere, he finished third twice as well, and he hasn’t missed the cut here since 2007.

Jeremy Johnson Classic John Deere

Zach Johnson attempts a putt on the 16th green during the John Deere Classic’s final round on July 13, 2014, in Silvis, Illinois, at TPC Deere Run. (Image courtesy of Getty Images, Gregory Shamus)
The 2019 champion Dylan Frittelli will also play this week. The South African is currently ranked 145th in the world after struggling for much of the season.

One of the more well-known players is Jason Day, who has shown flashes of the elite talent he previously possessed but now struggles. The previous world number one is coming off of a missed cut in Connecticut.

Adam Hadwin, who has improved recently and has four top 10 finishes in his last nine appearances, including a T7 at the U.S. Open, is doing better than Day.

Another player to watch this week at the Deere is Denny McCarthy. The Marylander missed the cut at the Travelers last week, but in his two prior starts at the U.S. Open and Memorial, he recorded finishes of T7 and T5, respectively.

Top-5 Favorites in the Odds

Webb Simpson, 14, is favored to win, followed by Adam Hadwin, 20, Sahith Theegala, 20, Denny McCarthy, 25, and Maverick McNealy, 28.

Field & Odds in Full

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