Tag Archives: John Deere Classic

Jul
11
2011
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Raw emotion

Nice guys do finish first occasionally, or even often, if you’re counting Steve Stricker who captured his third title in as many years at the John Deere Classic.

Thanks to Twitter, I was able to follow the action live. This morning once I got the internet up and running again in ancient Sandwich (random aside: I’m obsessed with the house I’m staying in for most of the week), I’ve been watching the replay of Stricker’s incredible approach from the bunker — the “shot of the year,” according to David Feherty — followed by the 25-footer he drained from off the green.

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Jul
8
2011

Daly ran into some trouble in the "native area"

John Daly appears to have taken a lot of strokes on the par-4 No. 4 during the second round of the John Deere Classic. Initially, on PGATour.com it showed Daly posting an 18, but since then, it’s been changed to an 11.

The score is unofficial until Tour officials meet with Daly and his caddie after the round.

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Jul
7
2011
By Stephanie Wei under European PGA Tour

Westy

Apologies for the lack of posts today, but being that I always plan ahead of time, I had quite a few errands to run before heading to the airport. You know, like picking up my passport! It’s amazing how quickly you can get one of those renewed in NYC if you’re an American citizen. Anyway, hopefully we’ll be back to our regularly-scheduled programming tomorrow, but I may get lost in a pub.

Yep, I’m about to hop on a plane en route for the other side of the pond to cover the Open. WOOT! I’m excited. Really excited. It’s going to be a little different than St. Andrews, though. This is kind of random, but the Open in 2003 at Royal St. George’s is the only other one I’ve attended. I was studying in London that summer and took a day trip to Sandwich, so I guess RSG has a special place in my heart (even if it’s in the middle of nowhere).

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Jul
18
2010
By Merf under British Open

You know the old golf cliche: You can’t win a tournament on the first day, but you can lose it? Rickie Fowler tried as hard as he could to disprove that golf axiom after a disastrous first-round 79. He hauled ass to make the cut on the number with a 5-under 67 Friday, and then shot 71-67 on the weekend to reach 4-under for the championship and tie for 14th — an incredible turnaround.

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Jul
12
2010

A top five player who is known as possibly the best player without a major wins the tournament immediately preceding a major. Stop me if you’ve heard this before.

It didn’t work out so well for Lee Westwood, who was the last man standing at the 100-plus degree St. Jude’s Classic. Westwood then flew across the country to Pebble Beach for the U.S. Open, and started 4-over through his first five holes. Westwood hung in there, salvaging a tie for 16th at 8-over, but he sabotaged his chances to win with a nightmarish start to the championship.

Can Stricker do any better after flooding the spongy John Deere Classic with birdies and then taking a not quite free transatlantic charter to the Old Course and arriving Monday afternoon?

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Jul
11
2010
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Steve Stricker limped in with a closing round of one-under 70, but he still successfully defended his title. Entering with a six-shot lead, he only bested Paul Goydos, golf’s latest Mr. 59, by two strokes. Goydos made a strong charge, but he knocked it into the water on 18, carding a bogey to finish with a five-under 66.

As a consolation prize, Goydos qualified for the British Open — which should definitely soften the loss.

Oh, if you’re not watching the US Women’s Open, you should tune in, like, now. It appears that Paula Creamer is a lock for the win.

[Photo by AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall]

Jul
10
2010

It wasn’t like this week was going to be a slam dunk for Paul Goydos. When he became just the fourth player in PGA Tour history to shoot a 59, Goydos only held a one-stroke lead over Steve Stricker after the first round of the John Deere Classic. But if it was any consolation, Goydos’ 59 also gave him a five-stroke edge in the tournament within the tournament — the race for a last-chance British Open berth.

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Jul
8
2010
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Sheesh, I step away from the computer for a few hours and something actually happens in the Quad Cities. Thank God I have so many vigilant friends that texted and/or emailed me with the breaking news. (LeBron who?) By now, you’ve all probably heard that Paul Goydos posted a mind-blowing 12-under 59 in the first round of the John Deere. But one thing most reports neglected to mention is that the “lift, clean and place” rule was in effect.

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Jul
8
2010
By Stephanie Wei under Balls in the Air

Welcome to Balls in the Air, where I size up my Fantasy Golf picks of the week, featuring guys to watch (or not) and interesting story lines. Disclaimer: Don’t yell at me if my picks suck. There’s no mathematical formula to my attempt at predicting something as random as golf scores.

Remember last week when I said my friend doesn’t read “Balls in the Air” because he said “There’s no Stephanie in it”? Well, with the feedback I received, it wasn’t just me that thinks there’s a ton of Wei in these posts. And it makes me happy to know that Jerry Foltz (the friend) will now actually be reading every word I write. In fact, there will be a quiz on Thursday afternoon! So, study up!

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