JD Classic Wrapup

July  14, 2014

      This year's John Deere Classic could be one of the most successful ever. At the PGA golf tournement that ended Sunday, revenue was higher each day than last year, and last year set a record.  

      Clair Peterson is the tournement director.  

       "The quality of the leaderboard, the interest in the athletes, many sponsors re-upped and brought their clients, many people bought tickets, the weather was fantastic, and I think you put all those things together and the house was full."

      Another young player won his first tournement on the PGA Tour. Brian Harman finished at 22 under par yesterday, one stroke ahead of past champion Zach Johnson.

      "Brian is a great player. He's been on the tour long enough to where this is not unexpected. He's contended before and he's our kind of guy - humble and hard-working. He's from a small town in the southeast and says the Quad Cities reminds him of where he grew up. So we couldn't be more proud to have him as our guy."

      He says the main focus now is to return TPC Deere Run to being just a golf course again - it took six weeks to set up for the John Deere Classic, and will take about a month for everything to be taken down and cleaned up. 

      Peterson joined 24 of the players and flew on the tournement's charter jet Sunday night to England for this week's British Open. It starts Thursday at the Royal Liverpool course, near Liverpool.