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Glover Ready to Defend JD Classic Title

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Patrick Flavin, Lucas Glover and JD Classic's Barry Cronin

Twenty years after he played in the John Deere Classic for the first time, Lucas Glover will be back. This time though, he'll play as the defending champion after winning last year's tournament.

After finishing Sunday's PGA Championship, Glover headlined Monday's "Champions Day" preview for this year's John Deere Classic. Glover received a sponsor exemption to play here in 2002, and since then has won four times on the PGA Tour.

"I've always said the best feeling on tour is the next week after you win - every one of your peers congratulating you. Whether they like you or you like them, everybody at least tells you congratulations, you and your caddy. And I think that's the coolest thing."

Invited to this year's Classic with a sponsor exemption is Patrick Flavin, from the Chicago suburb of Highwood. He calls it a "dream come true."

"Growing up in Illinois, the John Deere Classic to me was always a major. It was a really big deal, watching guys like Zach Johnson and Steve Stricker win, guys from the Midwest who aren't overpowering people and I'm kind of a small guy - it was really inspiring to me."

Other well-known players who received sponsor exemptions early in their careers include Jordan Spieth, Bryson DeChambeau, Jason Day, and Justin Thomas who just won the PGA Championship.

The John Deere Classic is now set for June 29th through July 3rd, at TPC Deere Run in Silvis.