Jason Day Commits to Play at 2024 John Deere Classic

Jason Day, who started his career at the John Deere Classic, has committed verbally to play in this year’s tournament.

Ranked 22nd in the Official World Golf Rankings, the 36-year-old major champion and former World No. 1 was slated to play in the 2022 John Deere Classic but had to withdraw because of injury. He last competed in the Quad Cities 2011. Upon arriving in the U.S. from his native Australia at the age of 19, Day played his first PGA Tour event at the 2006 John Deere Classic, where he received a sponsor exemption. He made the cut.

The most recent of Day’s 13 PGA Tour victories came at the 2023 AT&T Byron Nelson. He won the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin and won the 2016 Players Championship. He finished T-18 at the RBC Heritage, which concluded Monday, and finished T-30 at the Masters.

“We are thrilled to have Jason Day in our field,” said John Deere Classic tournament director Andrew Lehman. “After starting his PGA Tour journey at the John Deere Classic back in 2006, Jason has had an excellent career and we’re pleased that he has chosen to return here.”

Over the years, Day has battled a bad back, but recently he has remade his swing to lessen the stress in that area of his body with positive results. This year, he has made 8 cuts in 10 events and finished with 3 top 10s, including a T-9 at the Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club. He is ranked 9th in Total Driving, 23rd in Putting and 13th in Scrambling this year.

The 53rd edition of the Quad Cities’ PGA Tour event will be played the week of July 3-7 at TPC Deere Run in Silvis with Sepp Straka as defending champion.

The John Deere Classic, which includes Birdies for Charity, is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization located in the John Deere Classic tournament offices at 15623 Coaltown Road, East Moline, Illinois.  Since its 1971 founding, the tournament has helped raise $174 million for charity.