John Deere Classic

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

On Midwest Week, golf debuts at the summer Olympics and what that means for the John Deere Classic.

Michelle O'Neill, sitting in for Herb Trix, talks with Tom Johnston, sports reporter at the Dispatch and Rock Island Argus.

Some past champions and other top players will compete next month in the John Deere Classic. Monday tournament officials announced three-time winner Steve Stricker, and Zach Johnson who won in 2012, are among the players who've committed so far. 

In a normal year the tournament would be going on right now at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, but because of the Olympics, the PGA Tour postponed the Classic by one month. Tournament director Clair Peterson doesn't think that'll have much effect. 

Thousands of yellow Birdies for Charity brochures are stacked on a table, ready for pickup.
Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

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.

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

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.

WVIK Staff

Contributions to area non-profit organizations through this year's John Deere Classic "Birdies for Charity" program set a new record.

$8.7 million. That's nearly $2 million more than the previous record set in 2012, and it's over $2 million more than last year.

Quad City Times

Now that the dust has settled, a look back at possibly the most successful John Deere Classic ever.

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

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.

If attendance on the first day is any indication, this could be one of the best years ever for the John Deere Classic. 

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

Now that his first PGA tournament is over, East Moline native Zack Vervaecke hopes to play in another. The golf pro and general manager of a club in Florida did not make the cut at the John Deere Classic, finishing at five over par over two rounds.

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

Now that his first PGA tournament is over, East Moline native Zack Vervaecke hopes to play in another. The golf pro and general manager of a club in Florida did not make the cut at the John Deere Classic, finishing at five over par over two rounds.

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