The John Deere Classic Location – Where Is the Tournament Played?

Moving throughout the USA like a swift wind, the PGA Tour carries some of the best golfers on the planet to the state of Illinois this week, where long-time PGA Tour event The John Deere Classic will take place.

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Where is the John Deere Classic played?

The John Deere Classic is one of several PGA Tour events that takes place at the same venue each and every year. That venue is TPC Deere Run, which is situated in the Quad Cities community of Silvis, Illinois.

This tournament has been a fixture on the PGA Tour for over five decades, first starting back in 1971 as the Quad Cities Open. In 1972, though, the move was made to call the event the John Deere Classic. The rest as they says, is history. In 2000, the event was first hosted by TPC Deere Run, which was designed by D.A. Weibring, who has a rather special affiliation with this tournament, winning it three times as a player.

There has been no shortage of big-name winners of this yearly event, with the likes of David Toms, Vijay Singh and Steve Stricker all claiming victory at TPC Deere Run. More recently, the likes of Jordan Spieth, Zach Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau feature among the list of John Deere Classic winners.

This is also event that tends to be won multiple times by the same player, with TPC Deere Run being one of those courses where if players take to it, they tend to do well again and again. In the early 1980’s Scott Hoch, won this tournament twice, while the likes of both D. A. Weibring and David Frost both went down as multiple John Deere Classic winners before the turn of the century. Jordan Spieth has emerged victorious at TPC Deere Run on two occasions, while Steve Stricker has three John Deere Classic winners medals in his cabinet.

TPC Deere Run course info

A Par 71, TPC Deere Run stretches to over 7,200 yards, though it’s not thought to be one of the toughest courses on tour, far from it. In fact, as Par 71’s go, the Silvis venue ranks as one of the easier tracks.

Every time this tournament is played, the numbers for fairways hit and greens in regulation tend to be above the tour average. The reason behind this is the fact that the course is quite open, which bodes well for players who like to adopt a cavalier approach, or “grip it, and rip it” as big John Daly might say.

The Par 3’s, of which there are four, aren’t the toughest by tour standards, while the Par 5’s are all pretty reachable in two, which means that the scores tend to be low. To give you an idea, last year, when J. T. Poston won, he came out on top at -21, while the worst winning score here since 2008 is -19, so expect players to go nice and low this week.

What does it take to win at TPC Deere Run?

Players that make lots of birdies do well at TPC Deere Run, it’s as simple as that, so look for those guys with solid birdie averages on tour this season, while those who can get on the green in regulation on a regular basis always have a chance.

Proximity to hole is another stat to check for, as is strokes gained: putting. Those who gain strokes on the green usually enjoy themselves at this venue. Maverick McNealy is currently the number one player on the PGA Tour for strokes gained: putting, while Denny McCarthy, who is pre-tournament favourite with most bookmakers, is ranked fourth in that area.

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