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Golfers, volunteers, and fans are enjoying dry, seasonal weather at the John Deere Classic in Silvis. And the forecast calls for sunny conditions with highs in the 80s through Sunday.

Bart Baker, Chairman of the tournament board, says the non-profit organization couldn't pull off the PGA Tour contest without more than 14-hundred local volunteers.

The total purse is 4.6 million dollars, and the winner will take home 828,000.

Zach Johnson thinks he has a chance at winning the John Deere Classic title two years in a row. The Cedar Rapids native was at TPC Deere Run Tuesday for a practice round on the course, before the tournament gets underway on Thursday.

Johnson says he's confident going into the competition, and has seen his game improve.

Hundreds of nonprofits in northwestern Illinois and eastern Iowa are getting ready for a big fundraiser. Tuesday morning, the John Deere Classic kicked-off its 2013 Birdies for Charity campaign, three months before the golf tournament.