John Deere Classic

PGA Tour of Australia

The John Deere Classic's tradition of inviting promising young players will continue this year. The tournament has awarded a sponsor exemption to Curtis Luck of Australia who recently turned professional after being rated the world's number one amateur golfer.

TPC Deere Run

The line-up for the John Deere Classic golf tournament is starting to take shape, with veterans and rookies reserving spots to play in the $5.6 million dollar event. 

2016 John Deere Classic Champion Ryan Moore.
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Several top-tier golfers have committed to this year's John Deere Classic, including some previous champions.  

2016 John Deere Classic winner Ryan Moore and Deere CEO Sam Allen
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It's a milestone year for the John Deere Classic. Deere signed its first sponsorship agreement with the PGA 20 years ago, and now has the third longest sponsor relationship on the the tour.

TPC Deere Run

On Midwest Week, the John Deere Classic is now 20 years old - not the tournament but the sponsorship.

Dozens of local charities gathered at John Deere World Headquarters in Moline to pick up materials for this year's Birdies For Charity fundraiser. The annual event raises money based on birdies scored by pro golfers during the John Deere Classic. 

A brown and cream-colored owl perches on a tree branch with green leaves in the background.
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TPC Deere Run is known for more than hosting the John Deere Classic every summer. It's also known as an outdoor classroom, a training ground for firefighters, and for environmental stewardship.

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Despite some major challenges, Birdies for Charity raised a record amount of money this year. Monday morning, the program handed out checks totaling 10.5 million dollars to nearly 500 local charities.

Figge Art Museum

Free admission and a popular exhibit helped boost attendance at the Figge Art Museum this summer. From June through last weekend (9/25), 31,000 people visited the museum in downtown Davenport, an increase of 9,000 over last year.

Executive director, Tim Schiffer, says the museum first offered free admission a year ago during the summer as part of its 10th anniversary celebration, and attendance jumped by 9,000 over the previous year. 

Free admission for 15 weeks this year was made possible by grants from the Bechtel Trusts and John Deere Classic.

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.

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