John Deere Classic to include US Open contenders
This year’s 50th edition of the John Deere Classic will feature a contingent of players who competed in last week’s US Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego, including Russell Henley, who directed or co-directed for three rounds.
Henley finished tied for 13th with Wheaton native Kevin Streelman, who also had a strong performance at last month’s PGA Championship in Kiawah Island, South Carolina, according to a press release. Henley and Streelman entered the John Deere Classic July 7-11 at the TPC Deere Run.
“We are very happy that our field includes a group of players who have excelled at the US Open, including Russell Henley, who led the standings in the first three rounds,” said Clair Peterson, John Deere Classic tournament director. . “We are also pleased to have a field that includes several top international players as well as former champions that our fans have come to know well over the years.”
Other Torrey Pines field players who have signed up include 2014 champion Brian Harman (T-19), former Iowa State golfer and Indiana native Chris Baker (T-26, his best season result), the 2017 finalist and Hoosier Patrick. Rodgers (T-31), Chez Reavie (T-40) and defending 2019 champion Dylan Frittelli (T-46). Another player with a local connection is Troy Merritt, from Osage, Iowa, who finished T-65 at the Open.
Some of the international flavor of the tournament will be provided by Korean Sungjae Im, who finished T-35 at the Open, Spaniard Rafa Cabrera Bello (T-50), Venezuelan Jhonattan Vegas (T-57) and the ‘Argentinian Fabian Gomez (T-70).
Along with Frittelli and Harman, other former champions in the field are three-time winner Steve Stricker (2009-11), Zach Johnson (2012) Jonathan Byrd (2007), Michael Kim (2018), Ryan Moore (2016), Sean O ‘ Hair (2005) and John Senden (2006).
Other notables include Alex Noren, Aaron Wise, former PGA Champion Jason Dufner, Chicago suburban native Doug Ghim, former US Open champion Lucas Glover, Charley Hoffman and Mito Pereira, who will be participating. at his first PGA Tour event since being promoted to the Korn Ferry Tour battlefield after winning the Development Tour three times.