Dylan Frittelli wins John Deere Classic

John Deere Classic

After winning at nearly every stop during his golf career, Dylan Frittelli is now a champion on the PGA Tour.

“You learn little things with each stage you go through and I think that’s the crucial thing about doing it at every level,” said Frittelli, after winning the 2019 John Deere Classic. Adam Rossow has the story.

Frittelli finished at -21 after a final round 64, passing Russell Henley (-19), who shot 61, and Andrew Landry, who shot 69 and finished at -18.

Frittelli secured a trip to the British Open and a nice paycheck for his JDC win.

Landry and Cameron Tringale shared the lead at -16 after three rounds of the John Deere Classic.

+ Watch as 2019 John Deere Classic winner Dylan Frittelli is presented the championship trophy on the 18th green at TPC Deere Run.

+ You can also watch the the 29-year-old’s press conference in two parts: Here and here.

+ Russell Henley had the best round of the 2019 JDC on Sunday, posting a 10-under-par 61. Dan Vasko has the highlights and heard from Henley.

+ A golf super fan with cerebral palsy continues to make a difference with every step he takes. D.J. Gregory walks every hole of every PGA tournament while trailing a golf pro. Andrea Medina followed along as he followed Zach Johnson.

+ Speaking of Johnson, he saved his best round for last.

Links from the links

The Local 4 team is combing the fairways, bringing you all of the great stories from TPC Deere Run.

We’re collecting all of the John Deere Classic links, photos, tweets and more below.

The JDC leaderboard is live here and here and tee times can be found here.

As always, CBS Sports took over television coverage of the Classic for Saturday and Sunday, so that means you can catch all of the action — in addition to the great stories of the day — on Local 4 WHBF. If for any reason you can’t see Local 4 on your TV screen, try your computer or phone screen. Free livestreaming of CBS Sports’ coverage starts here at 2 p.m.

Saturday

+ Recently the John Deere Classic has been a hotbed for young talent. But after round three there are plenty of veterans atop the leaderboard.

Adam Rossow identifies fou‪r players 36 years of age or older are now nipping at the heels of co-leaders Andrew Landry and Cameron Tringale, including former JDC champ Ryan Moore.‬

+ Zach Johnson came into the third round of the John Deere Classic with a score of -3, and with three birdies in his final five holes, Dan Vasko reports he salvaged what was a tough start on the front nine.

+ Three-time PGA tour winner Scott Stallings had to turn his world upside down after his doctor told him he’d die unless he made changes to his diet.
Ever since, the golfer has been sharing his story in hope of saving others. Now, Yukare Nakayama shares it with you.

Saturday

We’ve hit the midway point on the midcoast. Two rounds down, two to go in the John Deere Classic. We regret to inform you that not everyone who started with us today will be staying for the weekend.

Jhonattan Vegas tops the leaderboard at 13-under. Andrew Landry is one behind, Lucas “Albatross” Glover is two off and a group of five is three back.

The cut is 3-under, so Zach Johnson is still here. Defending JDC champion Michael Kim (3-over this year, a record 27-under last year) is not. The magic happens… and then it doesn’t.

+ And in the “It was my understanding there would be no math” department:

At any rate, it’s always nice to see our hard work recognized and retweeted, even if the earlier correction went unseen. Also… sorry about that Zach. Your next Cherry Ace is on me. Also, some of you on Twitter haven’t watched “Caddyshack” in a while and it shows.

Friday

+ TPC Deere Run fits ball-striker Andrew Landry’s game. Adam Rossow says if his putter stays hot, he could be your JDC champ come Sunday. But for now, he’ll settle for the final pairing with Jhonattan Vegas on Saturday.

+ Zach Johnson needs some JDC magic to make the cut for the 12th consecutive year, but he tells Dan Vasko he plans to capitalize by moving up the board: “Plenty of opportunity.”

+ A classic at the Classic: Tahera Rahman explores how Whitey’s Ice Cream has been keeping fans cool at the QC’s PGA Tour stop for more than 40 years — inventing two treats just for tournament week.

+ A young Bettendorf golf fan chose the John Deere Classic over a trip to the ESPY Awards. Eric Zizich finds out why.

+ Golf life comes at you fast: Just yesterday everyone was optimistic at the dawn of a new tournament and now a dark cloud hangs over the John Deere Classic field. No, it’s not rain — it’s cut day.

+ Follow the leaders… on Twitter:

Thursday

+ Here’s a story you don’t want to miss: Adam Rossow followed J.J. Henry as his 14-year-old son served as his caddie.

+ For the first time since 2008, Zach Johnson did not finish at par or below at the John Deere Classic. He posted a one-over 72 and that ended his streak at 41 consecutive rounds.

+ Adam Long posted a 7 under 64 in the morning to lead the JDC for most of the day until Roberto Diaz stormed into first with a 9-under 62 to lead by 2 shots after the first round of the John Deere Classic.

+ JDC superfans: Tahera Rahman found out what keeps some spectators coming back for 10-plus years.

+ Eric Zizich took a ride with volunteers to see what a day in the life was like from their perspectives.

‪+ The TaylorMade tour van is a one-stop shop for pros. Tahera Rahman took an inside look at how crews fine-tune equipment for their golfers in time for tournament play‬

+ Watch as Andy McCray calmly weaves his way through the deep rough of TPC Deere Run, noisy air-conditioned trailers, caddie courtesy cars and running reporters to get from one live shot to another during a commercial break on Local 4 News at 6.

Wednesday

+ You might not have thought twice about seeing Matthew Wolff’s name in the John Deere Classic field before Sunday, but now he’s a PGA Tour champion, bringing momentum into the JDC. Dan Vasko has more from the youngest winner since Jordan Spieth at the TPC Deere Run in 2013.

+ Harold Varner III gets noticed for his golf game and wearing the Jordan Brand head to toe, but he caught the eye of John Deere last summer — showing up with a red lawnmower to cut his parents’ grass the morning after finishing fifth in the Greenbrier. Adam Rossow reports on the “massive” resolution.

+ Thousands of pounds of food go through one kitchen during tournament week. Tahera Rahman took a look at the staff that fuels the JDC.

+ Action at TPC Deere Run is about to heat up — and so is the weather.

+ Local 4’s Adam Rossow used a process of elimination to whittle the John Deere Classic field from 156 to one.

+ A couple of those names in the field — Viktor Hovland and Matthew Wolff — spoke to the media Wednesday. You can watch those interviews below.

John Deere Classic Press Conference Viktor Hovland.

Posted by Local 4 News WHBF TV on Wednesday, July 10, 2019

John Deere Classic Press Conference Matthew Wolff. July 10, 2019.

Posted by Local 4 News WHBF TV on Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Tuesday

+ Zach Johnson is hoping to recapture some magic at the John Deere Classic. The 2012 champion is out of top 100 in the world golf rankings the for first time in 15 years. Adam Rossow has the story.

+ Kids hit the course at the John Deere Classic on Tuesday.  There were activities for them inside the family tent. The highlight of the day was a golf clinic in the afternoon. Tahera Rahman has more.

+ Tee times were announced Tuesday. You can look for your favorite golfer on the list here.

Last year’s JDC champion, Michael Kim, will be grouped with 2014 JDC champ Brian Harman and 2012 JDC champ and fan favorite Zach Johnson at 12:50 p.m. on the 1st hole.

Last week’s 3M Open champion Matthew Wolff will tee off alongside John Deere Classic veterans and recent PGA Tour winners Charles Howell III and Kevin Tway at 7:40 a.m. Thursday at the 10th hole.

Monday

+ What’s new at the John Deere Classic in 2019? Tahera Rahman gives you the tour, from security to chalets.

+ For the past seven years, Calloway has teamed up with the Birdies for the Brave initiative to help out wounded service members. On Monday, their Warrior Club Fitting program came to TPC Deere Run for the first time, providing more than just a new set of sticks to a couple Purple Heart recipients. Adam Rossow has that story.

+ It’s an annual tradition: John Deere Classic Tournament Director Clair Peterson and Jay Kidwell go head-to-head in a Go 4 It challenge. Who will emerge victorious this year? Find out here.

+ During this classic, Eastern Iowa Community Colleges is looking at all the work on the grounds as a way to help introduce and gain interest in their new turf and landscaping programs. Shawn Loging has more.

+ PGATour.com released its John Deere Classic power rankings, with 3M Open champ Matthew Wolff topping the list. I normally go with 2012 winner and “fifth major” proponent Zach Johnson as my pick to click every year, but for some reason I’m feeling this is Charles Howell III‘s year to buck the JDC trends and make the magic happen. Granted, my prediction record not based on vintage video games is spotty.

+ Here are some of the other highlights:

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