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TPC Deere Run (Par 71/7,268 yards) Silvis, Illinois


JOHN DEERE CLASSIC Victories Most


D.A. Weibring Steve Stricker


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IT ONLY SEEMS FITTING that Zach Johnson should have won last year’s John Deere Classic. After all, he already serves on the tournament’s board of directors and he’s a hometown favorite who grew up in the area. Johnson won with a birdie on the second hole of his sudden-death playoff with Troy Matteson after he stiffed a 6-iron from 193 yards. “I saw it bounce on the green and hoped it


would kick left,” said Johnson, whose career victory total went to nine, including the 2007 Masters Tournament. “I couldn’t see the golf ball but I liked that crescendo from the crowd.” The playoff wasn’t exactly a thing of beauty. Both players hit it in the water on No. 18 on the first extra hole, making double-bogey 6s. But the second time around was the charm for Johnson, who was clearly moved by winning the tournament he holds so dear.


“I saw it bounce on the green and hoped


it would kick left...I couldn’t see the golf ball but I liked that crescendo from the crowd. ”– Zach Johnson


“It just feels awesome,” said Johnson, who won at Colonial earlier in the year. “This tournament has meant so much to me and my family, from when they gave me exemptions to being a part of its board. I don’t really like making things a bigger deal than they should be. It means a great deal now that I’ve done it.”


AN IMPORTANT FINISH FOR MATTESON


For Matteson, it was his best finish since winning the 2009 Frys.com Open. For starters, it earned a spot in the following


Zach Johnson after winning the 2012 John Deere Classic, held at TPC Deere Run.


week’s British Open (and a chartered flight across the Atlantic thanks to the nice people at John Deere).


Matteson, playing with three-time defending champion Steve Stricker in the last round, led from the first round, but a double bogey on


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