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situation where I have to make a putt, I feel like my nerves kind of go away and I focus extremely hard on trying to make that putt. And that’s kind of like the little zone I got into on 17 and 18, I guess.” Stricker was able to put his win


into perspective. “I kept telling myself that it’s not a big deal and it really wasn’t— until today,” Stricker explained. “On the back nine trying to win, it’s just really hard. I don’t know any other way to say it. It’s extremely hard to put it away. When you watch guys like Tiger put away all those tournaments, anybody who’s put it away down the stretch, it’s a difficult thing to do. But I’m happy to come out on top.” ■


Charity Link The John Deere Classic raises funds for


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With his victory, Steve Stricker joined Tiger


Woods, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and


others as the only 10 PGA TOUR


players to win the same tournament three years in a


row since World War ll.


approximately 500 area charities through its work with Birdies for Charity. Having helped raise $5.29 million in 2011, the tournament is seeking to build upon that success and continue to raise funds for local charities. Because John Deere pays for the program’s administrative costs, 100 percent of each donation goes to the donor’s designated charity. All charities will be guaranteed a 5 percent bonus on amounts up to their prior year pledge total or $100,000, whichever is greater. Additional bonus dollars will be based on tournament revenues. The Birdies for Charity Fund is the source of these bonus dollars. This fund is supported with dollars from tournament revenues, individual donors, and with the support


How Was It Won? A look at Steve Stricker’s statistics through the


John Deere Classic shows clearly why he enjoyed such a great 2011 season. ■ He ranked first in Scoring Average with a 69.40 average.


■ He ranked first in Birdie Average with one birdie every 4.68 holes.


■ He ranked first in Par Breakers with an eagle or birdie in 212 of 792 holes (26.77 percent).


■ He was first in Strokes Gained-Putting with a 0.923 average.


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Rookie Kyle Stanley was a close second.


PLAYER


FINAL STANDINGS POS


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Steve Stricker Kyle Stanley Zach Johnson Matt McQuillan Charles Howell III Chez Reavie


Brendon de Jonge Cameron Percy Briny Baird Brian Gay


Cameron Tringale www.pgatour.com


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T3 T3 T5 T5 T7 T7 T9 T9 T9


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of corporations through a Charity Partner program. These dollars will be distributed annually and are designed not to compete with, but to enhance the benefits for the 500+ charities that participate in the program.


Course Insight TPC Deere Run


In the world of celebrity, high-powered golf course architects, modest PGA TOUR veteran and Illinois native D.A. Weibring has established a solid reputation for doing very good work, indeed. Of course, when it came time to pick an architect to design TPC Deere Run, it didn’t hurt that he had won the tournament three times. The good news for Weibring was he had a


beautiful piece of land to work with, featuring rolling contours, beautiful, mature trees and views of the Rock River. Weibring and his design team also took great pains to take into consideration the feelings and suggestions of local environmentalists—who have showered the course with the same sort of praise that it has received from the players who regard it as one of the best tests on TOUR.


ROUNDS 2


66 64 63 65 67 65 66 69 64 69


67 70


66 68 70 66 62 68 66 66 63 66 67 67 68 70 68 68 67


69 70 66 65 4


69 66 65 64 64 72 74 69 64 66 69


TOTAL SCORE


262 263 267 267 268 268 269 269 270 270 270


OFFICIAL MONEY


$810,000 $486,000 $261,000 $261,000 $171,000 $171,000 $145,125 $145,125 $121,500 $121,500 $121,500


FEDEXCUP POINTS


500.00 300.00 162.50 162.50 105.00 105.00 87.50 87.50 75.00 75.00 75.00


Tournament Record 258, Steve Stricker, 2010 (TPC Deere Run)


Tournament 18-Hole Record 59, Paul Goydos, 2010


Most Victories D.A. Weibring, Steve Stricker (3)


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