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Michael Kim Eager to Defend his Title at TPC Deere Run

Michelle O'Neill
Michael Kim, 2018 John Deere Classic Champion

Michael Kim is looking forward to defending his title at the John Deere Classic in July. This morning at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, last year's champion talked with reporters more than one month before the PGA Tour tournament.

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Michael Kim wins the 2018 John Deere Classic.

Last year, Kim finished with an eight-stroke lead, setting a tournament record at 27-under par.

After flying to the United Kingdom for the British Open, he was practicing on the front nine, playing with Zach Johnson and Ryan Moore. Someone said, "Look, you've got three John Deere Classic champions playing together." That's when it really hit Kim that he won the tournament and had become a champion.

He recently changed swing coaches and is looking forward to the second half of the season.

Tournament Chairman, Sean McGuire, says volunteers are still needed to help make the John Deere Classic a success.

And Tournament Director, Clair Peterson, has three more sponsor exemptions to offer. Ho Sung Choi from South Korea accepted an invitation last month. 

Information about tickets and volunteering is available at JohnDeereClassic.com.

Credit Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News
Kim say his bobblehead has all the right details.

Officially, Michelle's title for 28 years was WVIK News Editor. She did everything there is to do in the newsroom and whatever was needed around the radio station. She also served as Acting News Director from September 2023 - January 2024.
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