John Deere Classic Media Day

June  02, 2014

      Jordan Spieth is looking forward to returning to the Quad Cities in July. One month before this year's John Deere Classic, the defending champion returned for the tournament's annual media day today - to answer questions, pose for pictures, and sign autographs. 

      Spieth credits the Classic with giving a major boost to his career. He'd played in the 2012 tournament while still in college, then entered last year while struggling to earn a place on the PGA tour. 

      "Opportunities were given to me like what I had in college which was to come here and play and test my game against the best players in the world. There's no way that I win last year without that opportunity the year before and there's no way I'm able to feel comfortable and make the adjustment to the PGA Tour so quickly without the few starts that I was given."

       Winning the John Deere Classic allowed him to play in the British Open the following week, and several other tournaments later in the year, plus it insured his place on the PGA tour.

      This year's volunteer chair, Laura Ekizian, says 15-hundred volunteers make the Classic possible each year, and help it raise million of dollars through the Birdies for Charity Program. 

      "The John Deere Classic brings all of this together with a best-in-class PGA Tour event which injected $6.32 million into our community to support the causes we need in our lives and an economic impact of over $25 million. And we believe the actual number to be much greater than that."

      The John Deere Classic is set for July 7th through the 13th at TPC Deere Run in Silvis. The total purse will be 4.7 million dollars, with $846,000 going to the winner.