John Deere Classic. Ryan Moore Wins.

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Ryan Moore wins the John Deere Classic at TPC Deere Run.

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A -4 under par 67 final round was good enough to give Ryan Moore victory at the John Deere Classic with a -22 under par tournament total, a two shot winning margin;

Ryan put his victory down to caddie J.J. Jakovac, he had not played the tournament since 2009;

“In that two-year break is when I hired J.J.  right after that, a couple years I had not played, and he kind of said to me like, ‘Man, I think that’s a really good tournament for you, in his experience of being here.”

 “I kind of thought about it, you know what, you’re probably right.’So we put it back in the schedule.”

“It was great to have another perspective, he’s a great golfer himself and has a really good understanding of tournament golf.”

“He was a great tournament golfer in college and amateur golf.”

“I played so steady the whole week, but to say at any point today I was comfortable would not be true.”

“I know I got a four- or five-shot lead or something at some point. I actually wasn’t paying attention to that at all, but someone said that afterwards.”

“I like that my body is feeling good this time of year, instead of the other way around.”

“I’ve been in the top 30 going into the Playoffs or in the 30s the last few years, and I haven’t made it to the TOUR Championship.”

“I’ve kind of plateaued a couple weeks before and haven’t played great going into them.”

“That’s a huge victory for me to just feel good.”

“I want to keep getting better. I think I can accomplish great things in this game and I keep trying to make the decisions to help me do that.”

Ben Martin was in second place at -20 under par, a last round -3 under 68 not quite good enough to put any pressure on the leader, he spoke about his FedExCup standing and how his putting made him feel good;

“I came into this week at 121, so I really needed to have a good week to take pressure off next week.”

 “I felt Thursday out there, ‘Man, this is the best I’ve felt all year, standing over the ball, over putts.’ I like the course next week.”

“Hopefully take a little momentum into the Wyndham, and then two weeks from now, the points, four times what they normally are.”

“So my best golf, I feel is coming, and this could be the start of a good run.”

“I was back and forth on the front nine, never got a whole lot going.”

“I think that hitting it tight on 12, and then rolled a good one in on 13, knocked it close again on 14.”

“unfortunately just never gave myself great opportunities on the way in. But yeah, I was happy to be able to bounce back there on the back nine.”

Sharing third place at -17 under par were Whee Kim, -4 under 67 today and Morgan Hoffman who stumbled to a last round of even par 71.

 

John Deere Classic. Ryan Moore Leads.

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Ryan Moore leads the John Deere Classic after 54 holes at TPC Deere Run.

Ryan Moore finished his round more than 20 minutes after the sunset on Saturday evening. (Michael Cohen/Getty Images)

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Ryan took control of the John Deere Classic with third round -6 under par 65 for a tournament total of -18 under par. He had endured a long day, completing two rounds, both at -6 under;

“It was a long day, it was a lot of golf holes I played today, so to play that solid all day long, I’m very encouraged about it.”

“I think that was 34 holes I played today..”

“It will be nice to get to sleep a little bit tomorrow and be well-rested and just ready to get after it again tomorrow.”

Both Morgan Hoffman and Ben Martin shot -9 under 62,  to pull within a stroke of the leader at -17 under par.

Morgan carded six birdies in  row, from the 11th through to 16th, and said it was very dark when they finished, but the putts were going in;

“It is really dark, and the last few greens are getting really soft and bumpy too, so it was hard to read.”

 “I guess they’re running in right now.”

Ben was also having success with his putting;

“It was one of those days where all the putts were going in.”

 “It would have been nice to get the first five and the last five, but strong start, strong finish.”

After some horrendous rain delays the tournament is now back on schedule, and with so many players in contention tomorrow will be a very exciting finish to this wet and soggy competition.

 

John Deere Classic. Andrew Loupe Leads.

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Andrew Loupe leads the John Deere Classic . as the first round gets suspended  due to darkness.

Andrew Loupe will complete his first round on Friday at the John Deere Classic. (Michael Cohen/Getty Images)

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Andrew carded first round -8 under par through 14 holes in the suspended opening round of the John Deere Classic at TPC Deere Run.

At -6 under par are Patrick Rodgers -6 under 65 today, Ryan Moore and Zac Johnson, also with competed rounds of 65, and Tom Gillis who is -6 under through sixteen holes.

Zac just loves this course, especially the putting surfaces;

“I don’t know what it is, but I love the golf course,I love the putting surfaces.”

“I do know the moment I feel like I can take this place down is the moment it can bite me, so I’ve still got to stay focused and keep the pedal down.”

“As far as the start and stop, we’re used to that, that’s not any secret.”

“It happens all the time. There’s days where there’s a 30-minute delay, there’s days where, shoot, it takes 30-some odd hours to play 18 holes.”

“I’m used to it. Relaxed a little bit, ate something, worked out a little bit, that kind of thing, just to stay loose, and then went back at it.”

Patrick had a solid day, apart from a three putt;

“Today was a really solid day for me, I felt like I was very consistent tee to green and gave myself a lot of opportunities to make birdies.”

“My only bogey was a three-putt. My only missed green was in the fringe, so I played really solid golf. There wasn’t a whole lot of opportunities to make mistakes.”

Ryan played well until the bogey at the last hole;

“I was playing well and you hate to drop a shot on the last hole.”

 “I didn’t play the hole well by any means. I didn’t hit any good golf shots. But a good putt can save just about anything, and that’s what happened.”

John Deere Classic. Jordan Spieth Leads, With a 61.

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Jordan Spieth leads the John Deere Classic at TPC Deere Run shooting 61 in the third round.

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Jordan carded two Eagles, but the one at the par five 17th came via a 106 yard pitch shot, after he had missed the fairway and was forced to lay up. He followed that with a birdie at the 18th, to give him a third round score of -10 under par 61, to take the outright 54 hole lead in the John Deere Classic, with a -17 under par total.

He spoke about the one handed wedge shot, and his slow start to the competiton;

“It was certainly maybe a couple of grooves low, I just seem to get some lucky breaks here at the John Deere Classic.”

“I think it was just on-course repetitions.”

 “My first round was the pro-am, and that went rough.”

“And then Thursday was a little rough, and then for whatever reason just started to really pick it back up.”

Last weeks Greenbrier Classic winner Danny Lee continues his good form, sitting nicely on his own in second place at -15 under par following his equally impressive third round of -9 under par 62.

Danny, from New Zealand, could only admire the great play of Jordan;

“Jordan just played magnificent today.”

“I watched his third-shot eagle on 17, it was ridiculous,  I think it’s going to be a fun day for us tomorrow.”

Third place is shared by Shawn StefaniJohnson Wagner and Justin Thomas at -14 under par.

Shawn with a -7 under par 64 third round,  Johnson  with his -3 under and Justin carded -2 under 69.

On a sad note Chris Kirk has been forced to withdraw from the field at next week’s 144th The Open, allowing compatriot Kevin Streelman to take his place in the field at St Andrews. It is reported that Chris has broken his hand, we wish him a speedy recovery.

John Deere Classic. Justin is in Control.

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Justin Thomas has taken control of the John Deere Classic after two rounds at TPC Deere Run.

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Justin shot a second round -4 under par 67 to sit on top of the John Deere Classic leaderboard after 36 holes with -12 under par total.

He spoke about the tough putting on the greens late in the day;

“Later in the day when the greens get a little bumpier, it’s harder to make putts.”

“So to kind of get myself a little bit deep to start. It was nice.”

“I hate finishing with a bogey probably more than anything.”

Johnson Wagner and Tom Gillis are tied in second place at -11 under par.

Johnson was happy to bounce back from yesterdays bogey ridden round, carding -8 under par 63 today, he was especially happy to record birdies on 6,7,8 and 9;

“It was special, yesterday I bogeyed six, seven and nine.”

“A nice couple of long ones went in.”

“I hit a lot of quality shots, I was in the fairway all day today.”

Scott Pinkney, Daniel Summerhays and Wil Wilcox are tied fourth at -10 under par.

TOUR rookie Scott Pinckney is looking  for the last remaining ticket to St. Andrews,  a second straight – 5 under round of 66 has put him firmly in contention;

“It’d be great if I did play in it, but it’s not the end of the world if I don’t.”

“I’d like to gear up for the FedExCup Playoffs and if I have a week off, it could be great.”

“Either way, I’m going to go out and try to have fun tomorrow.”

Jordan Spieth came back, shooting -7 under par 64 in the second round, and is now five shots off the lead T16, with two rounds to go,. He is now back in the hunt at the tournament where he claimed his maiden victory two years ago. Once he knew the cut line was not a problem he set about his task in earnest;

“Then the cut line was out of my head and it was ‘How can we move up the board a little more.”

“Just another round of golf.”

“This was the third round I have played since the U.S. Open. I’m getting on-course reps and it is making a difference.”

“The putt at 16 was really big, I knew I had a lot of birdie holes left, kind of needed to steal one that I maybe didn’t think I would get.”

“I think today was a big day, I made a huge step forward based on how I felt when I was going to bed yesterday.”

“I wasn’t feeling good about my game and to come out and shoot a round like this when I didn’t feel like tee to green I was very strong.”

“Just made it work and took advantage of a couple of holes.”

“I’m excited to go next week just because I love St. Andrews.”

 

John Deere Classic. Justin Thomas & Nicholas Thompson Lead

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Justin Thomas and Nicholas Thompson lead after the first round of the John Deere Classic at TPC Deere Run.

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Nicholas and Justin carded opening rounds of -8 under par 63 at the John Deere Classic, to lead the tournament by one shot.

Justin felt he has been close to winning despite last weeks falling out of contention at The Greenbrier, a poor putting performance was to blame;

“I just played a couple of bad holes, and if it wasn’t for that I’m right there.”

“There’s definitely more positives than negatives to take out of the last couple of weeks.”

“I’ve felt like I’ve been close.”

Nicholas, who has never won in 214 PGA Tour starts, carded an eagle on the par four 14th hole, to highlight his impressive start to this tournament.

Charles Howell 111 and Luke Gutherie are tied in third place, that one shot back at -7 under par.

A poor first round performance from the now The Open favorite, Jordan Spieth, will cast some doubts about his ability to grab another Major. Some people criticize his decision to play here, especially now that Rory McIlroy is out of the picture, saying it is jeopardizing his Grand Slam push by playing this tournament rather than heading over to Scotland early to prepare for The Open.

He said it was just a little rustiness;

 “Just a rusty round.”

“I didn’t get out on the golf course like maybe I should have.”

“I had some pretty bad lip-outs, and that’s going to happen. I’m still going to continue to hit good putts.”

“If they drop and I can chip the ball a little better, then I’ll be in good position.”

John Deere Classic, Thrilling Three Way Tie and Five Hole Play-Off

Jordan Spieth captured the John Deere Classic on Sunday on the fifth playoff hole for his first PGA TOUR victory. At the end of regulation play at TPC Deere Run he was tied at the top with defending Champion Zach Johnson and David Hearn, all at -19 under par.

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Jordan, just nineteen years of age, carded a final-round -6 under par, 65, after holing out a bunker shot on the 72nd hole to finish at -19 under and a tie with defending champion Zach Johnson and David Hearn. It then took five extra holes to decide the winner, with Jordan scoring a birdie to win it out-right.

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This  win gives Jordan full-time membership on the PGA Tour, along with a chance at the FedEx Cup playoffs, and also  gives him a chance of a tilt for the Claret Jug , as his win gives him a spot at Muirfield next week. Jordan said he did not expect to win this early in his career, and is now worried about his summer golf attire going to Scotland;

“I didn’t think it would happen this early, I had a plan. I guess the plan got exceeded. The shot on 18 was the luckiest shot I ever hit in my life. The fact that it bounced right and hit the pin and dropped down to the cup, it’s just extremely fortunate. Just got so lucky. That’s what it is. But right now I’m extremely pleased, and a little worried about only having short sleeves going to Scotland”

Defending Champion Zach Johnson had a chance to win the tournament on the first play-off hole, but his  12-foot birdie putt attempt agonizingly missed.

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Zach reckons he has seen too much of the 18th hole;

” I don’t need to see that hole many more times. I had my chances on the back side in regulation. I mean, I hit some really good shots and just didn’t make anything. I love this place, as you all know, and I am just appreciative to be able to play and represent this tournament. I feel like this is my profession and one thing you have to be is resilient. I’ll get over it pretty quick, I’ll keep the mindset that I am playing well and ride it out. I’ll be fine.”

David Hearn is happy with his play and is looking forward to playing in the RBC Canadian Open, in two weeks;

” I’m obviously happy with where my game is at going into that, so I’ll be happy to compete again. Congrats to Jordan. He’s going to have an amazing career, obviously. He’s an incredible talent to come on tour at his age and have as much success as quickly as he has. So hat’s off to him.”