Johnson, Daly Headline Field at 2007 John Deere Classic


EAST MOLINE, Illinois Reigning Masters champion Zach Johnson and popular long hitter John Daly will headline the field at the 2007 John Deere Classic, July 12-15, at the Tournament Players Club Deere Run in Silvis, Ill.

2006 John Deere Classic champion John Senden will mount his title defense against 155 formidable competitors, several of whom have major championships on their resumes.

"We are very pleased to be welcoming 156 of the world's elite golfers to the John Deere Classic," said John Deere Classic tournament director Clair Peterson. "We're looking forward to another fantastic week of fun and excitement."

In addition to Johnson, the field includes several past major championship winners, including Rich Beem, Mark Brooks, Todd Hamilton, Lee Janzen, Steve Jones, Bernhard Langer, Larry Mize, and Bob Tway.

Among the players in the field who have won tournaments this season are Paul Goydos (Sony Open), Mark Wilson (Honda Classic), Woody Austin (Stanford in Memphis), and Brian Batemen (Buick Open).

A solid core of seasoned veterans also will be on hand, including Tommy Armour III, Olin Browne, Tim Clark, Carlos Franco, Tim Herron, Jeff Maggert, Billy Mayfair, Jesper Parnevik, Kenny Perry, Kirk Triplett, Duffy Waldorf, and Jay Williamson.

Other young and up-and-coming players in the field include, Lucas Glover, Nathan Green, J.B. Holmes, Anthony Kim, Matt Kuchar, Jeff Quinney, Brandt Snedeker, Camilo Villegas, and Bubba Watson.

Today, the tournament announced three more sponsor exemptions: Bronson LaCassie, 2006 Western Amateur champion; Andrew Parr, a former Texas A&M star; Luke List, who played at Vanderbilt and made his professional debut at this year's U.S. Open. Previously announced sponsor exemptions are reigning USGA Junior champion Philip Francis, NCAA champion Jonathan Moore of Oklahoma State, and Nebraska's Brady Schnell, a Quad City resident.

John Deere Classic week starts Monday, July 9 with a pro-am event. Spectators are admitted free on Monday and Tuesday. This year's annual Youth Clinic is scheduled for 3 p.m. Tuesday at the driving range and will be hosted by legendary golf instructor Jim Flick. The tournament pro-am is all day Wednesday and the tournament itself runs Thursday-Sunday.

Tickets for the John Deere Classic may be ordered by visiting www.johndeereclassic.com or by calling 800-336-4655.
The John Deere Classic is an annual 72-hole PGA Tour event that began as the Quad City Open in 1971. John Deere, which is based in Moline, Ill. (one of the Quad Cities), assumed title sponsorship of the event in 1999. In 2006, the tournament helped raise $3.9 million for some 400 local charities, making it No. 1 in per-capita charitable giving based on area population among regular PGA Tour events.

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