Kids Day at JD Classic

July  08, 2014

      For the 13th time, Zach Johnson is preparing to play in this week's John Deere Classic. The native of Cedar Rapids won the tournement in 2012, and says this is one of a few events on the PGA Tour he really looks forward to each year. 

      "My family and I - we just love it. I have family and friends coming into town at some point. I'm playing a course I enjoy and respect. And as a board member of this tournement, I know how hard these people work and I know what this community puts into this event."

      Johnson says he's healthy, and ready to play, after taking two weeks off.

      Also playing this week will be Patrick Rogers, the number one amateur player in the world right now. He received a sponsors exemption to play in the John Deere Classic for the past two years, and last year during the third round was on top of the leader-board.

      "This was my first time making the cut on the PGA Tour, and to be thrown into the mix on Saturday and Sunday, and feel like I had a good chance to win - it's just invaluable experience to build on. I definitely learned a lot from that week, things that I did well and things that I wanted to improve the next time I was in that situation."

      Rogers also received an exemption to play this year, and is confident he'll do well, on a course he's now very familiar with. 

      Today was Kids Day at TPC Deere Run - with nearly-perfect weather, hundreds of young players received a free lunch and golf clinics from the pro's.  The John Deere Classic Pro-Am will be held tomorrow (wed), with the first round of the PGA tournement set for Thursday. 


(photo: 2012 winner Zach Johnson talking with reporters)