Deere Classic

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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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People in Illinois and Iowa will soon see yellow and green flyers in their mailboxes and around the Quad Cities. On Monday, Birdies for Charity kicked off its annual fundraiser at John Deere headquarters in Moline.

2016 John Deere Classic Champion Ryan Moore waves to the crowd after his final putt on the 18th green.
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Ryan Moore won the John Deere Classic yesterday, picking up his fifth PGA Tour title. The  33-year-old shot a 4-under 67, beating Ben Martin by two strokes. Moore finished at 22-under for the tournament at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, playing the final 46 holes without a bogey.

Tournament Director for the PGA Tour, Steve Carman / The Golf Channel

One man working at the John Deere Classic hopes every day will be boring. Steve Carman is the PGA Tour's Tournament Director.

Tournament Director, Clair Peterson
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Even without Bill Murray and Jordan Spieth, tournament week at is going very well at the John Deere Classic at TPC Deere Run in Silvis.

Thousands of yellow Birdies for Charity brochures are stacked on a table, ready for pickup.
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Non-profits in the Quad Cities area hope golfers score even more birdies during the John Deere Classic. This morning at Deere headquarters in Moline, the PGA tournament kicked off the 2016 Birdies for Charity campaign. Nearly 500 non-profits will ask for donations. And most people pledge a penny per birdie scored in the Pro-Am plus the official four rounds.

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The John Deere Classic continues to rack up honors for the way it runs the tournament in Silvis. Last week, the PGA Tour announced the classic came in first in the Most Engaged Community.

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Golf fans in the Quad Cities may not get to see a few of their favorites play in person next year. Today, the John Deere Classic announced the PGA Tournament will be held the second week of August instead of July because golf will return to the Olympics.