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Tournament Director for the PGA Tour, Steve Carman / The Golf Channel

One man working at the John Deere Classic hopes every day will be boring. Steve Carman is the PGA Tour's Tournament Director.

Rows of reporters, producers and photographers covering the John Deere Classic work in the media room at TPC Deere Run.
Lacy Scarmana / WVIK News

When covering stories in the Quad Cities, you see a lot of familiar faces. The newspaper, television and radio reporters often attend the same events and get to know each other.

But the John Deere Classic — the Quad Cities' biggest sporting event — draws local, statewide and national media.

Keys Wins Again

Aug 11, 2016

It's been a good start to the day for the U.S. Olympic tennis team: Madison Keys has advanced to the women's semifinals, and Steve Johnson will go on the men's quarterfinals.  

2012 John Deere Classic champion Zach Johnson tees off at the Pro-Am Wednesday.
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For the first time in the history of the John Deere Classic, the defending champion is not returning to defend his title — or play in Wednesday's Pro-Am. But plenty of former champs are in the Quad Cities to compete.

Zach Johnson addresses the media during the 2013 John Deere Classic.
Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

Zach Johnson arrived at TPC Deere Run this week with the John Deere logo on his golf bag.

The Cedar Rapids native is the Deere brand ambassador and says the John Deere Classic is special to him. It's where he earned his first two tournament sponsor exemptions.

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The Quad Cities River Bandits and Houston Astros will continue working together. Tusday officials from both teams announced they'd signed a two-year extension of their current player development agreement.

It now runs through 2018.Astros General Manager, Jeff Luhnow, says he's very happy with their Class-A affiliate, and the players it's been developing.

Luhnow says along with player development, the Astros like Modern Woodmen Park, strong attendance here that helps prepare their players for larger stadiums, and because they can find housing and host families for the players each season.

The First Tee is hoping to attact more girls to golf.
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The John Deere Foundation is extending its support for a youth golf program that teaches leadership skills.

Over the next five years, the foundation will donate nearly $625,000 to The First Tee. The national program teaches core values such as responsibility and integrity, and the contribution will help attract girls to golf.

While about 150 golfers tee off this week at the John Deere Classic at TPC Deere Run, nearly 500 Quad Cities charities will vie for dollars from the community.

Birdies for Charity started as a way for donors to pledge cents for birdies.