John Deere Classic

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Another young player gets his first victory at the John Deere Classic.

Chuck Austin Photo: Courtesy of the City of Rock Island Bracelet Photo: Courtesy of Pat Shouse

Longtime John Deere Classic volunteer Charles "Chuck" Austin was killed last week in an accident at TPC Deere Run.

Chuck Austin
City of Rock Island

The community is remembering a former teacher, alderman and volunteer.

Two recipients of sponsor exemptions for this year's John Deere Classic are college teammates. 

Lacy Scarmana/WVIK

A three-time champion of the John Deere Classic is excited to be back at TPC Deere run in Silvis. 

PGA Tour of Australia

The John Deere Classic's tradition of inviting promising young players will continue this year. The tournament has awarded a sponsor exemption to Curtis Luck of Australia who recently turned professional after being rated the world's number one amateur golfer.

TPC Deere Run

The line-up for the John Deere Classic golf tournament is starting to take shape, with veterans and rookies reserving spots to play in the $5.6 million dollar event. 

2016 John Deere Classic Champion Ryan Moore.
https://twitter.com/JDCLASSIC / John Deere Classic

Several top-tier golfers have committed to this year's John Deere Classic, including some previous champions.  

2016 John Deere Classic winner Ryan Moore and Deere CEO Sam Allen
WVIK News

It's a milestone year for the John Deere Classic. Deere signed its first sponsorship agreement with the PGA 20 years ago, and now has the third longest sponsor relationship on the the tour.

TPC Deere Run

On Midwest Week, the John Deere Classic is now 20 years old - not the tournament but the sponsorship.

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