John Deere Classic

Michael Kim wins John Deere Classic

Michael Kim shot a 66 on Sunday to win the John Deere Classic by a record-setting eight strokes and pick up his first victory on the PGA Tour.

Kim, who turned 25 on Saturday, finished at 27-under -- breaking Steve Stricker's tournament record from 2010 by one shot. He also qualified for next week's British Open.

Francesco Molinari, Bronson Burgoon, Joel Dahmen and Sam Ryder all finished at 19 under.

The headlines

‪+ Michael Kim wins 2018 John Deere Classic in record-setting fashion

‬ ‪+ ‬First-time champ Kim relishes victory with family, without sleep‪

‬ ‪+ ‬Stricker finishes 2018 JDC strongly, says he'll be back to TPC Deere Run‪

‬ ‪+ ‬Zach Johnson encouraged by final round 64 at JDC‪

EARLIER UPDATE

Michael Kim led by 5 strokes heading into the final round and ended the day by beating Steve Stricker’s John Deere Classic record by one stroke. Here's a look at the leaderboard and tee times.

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

We've compiled all of the JDC links from the week here:

Links from the links: John Deere Classic

Sunday

 

+ Here’s a preview of the final round...

... and highlights from the third.

 

Saturday

+ Weather is the theme of the day.

 

 

 

 

+ Weather is a factor again.

 

Friday

+ Twitter brought a teenager from Park Ridge, Illinois, together with a professional golfer at the John Deere Classic. 

+ The tournament adjusted tee times for Saturday in an attempt to stay ahead of impending weather. Get your full forecast from TPC Deere Run from Andy McCray.

 

 

+ Former Hawkeyes golfer Sean McCarty talked with Hawkeye Headquarters and the media after finishing two rounds at 3-under.

+ Dan Vasko and Adam Rossow preview Round 2 of the JDC.

+ Follow the leaders... live.

+ Defending John Deere Classic champion Bryson DeChambeau was forced to withdraw from this year's event due to a  a right shoulder injury. 

Steve Wheatcroft was the opening-round leader of the John Deere Classic after shooting a nine-under par 62 on Thursday. 

+ Meanwhile, fan favorites and former JDC champions Zach Johnson and Steve Stricker are off to tough starts.

Thursday

+ Let's lead with the leaders. It's live.

Steve Stricker won the John Deere Classic three times. Zach Johnson won it in 2012 and has called it his "fifth major." Both men are huge fan favorites at TPC Deere Run and they're back.

+ Bryson DeChambeau was the latest golfer to win his first PGA Tour event in the Quad Cities. He's excited to defend his title at TPC Deere Run this week.

Broc Everett and Francesco Molinari are ready to tackle the JDC for the first time.

+ There are plenty of photos from the course above, but there are even more here. And more to come.

Follow Local 4 News' award-winning John Deere Classic coverage all week long on television and online.

 

 

Wednesday 

+ Wednesday's John Deere Classic Pro-Am enjoyed more warm weather with quite a bit of sunshine. But rain lurks

+ The defending champ and others met the media.

 

DeChambeau in the media room here @JDCLASSIC. #PGATour pic.twitter.com/uHz4kGeqq3

— Adam Rossow (@AdamJRossow) July 11, 2018

 

+ A teen's first day as an impromptu caddie for a JDC pro was a success.

 

Day one completed with @e_francque The kid is a stud!! #johndeereclassic pic.twitter.com/G0xKNYmueb

— bowdo (@bowdo83) July 11, 2018

+ A torch is passed.

 

I will need all the well wishes I can get 😅🤷🏻‍♀️ thanks RT! https://t.co/SSfOrVUuK2

— Kelley Bowles WHBF (@Kelley_Bowles1) July 11, 2018

 

 

Tuesday

+ One rookie pro golfer recently had to make a tough decision: To relieve his father from caddie duties.

+ Zach Johnson, who won the John Deere Classic in 2012, is back for his 17th consecutive JDC. See what he had to say.

+ Tee times for the John Deere Classic were unveiled.

Among the notables, Zach Johnson, Wesley Bryan and three-time champion Steve Stricker start on the 10th hole at 8 a.m. Thursday.

Defending champion Bryson DeChambeau, Davis Love III and 2016 JDC champion Ryan Moore will be on the first hole at 1:10 p.m. Thursday.

And follow our tournament coverage all week here.

+ A 16-year-old earned the right to carry the clubs for Australian golf pro Steven Bowditch at this week's John Deere Classic. He says helping Bowditch make his first 2018 cut on Friday "would be a great birthday present."

Kids day at JDC! pic.twitter.com/oKTLch4rpW

— Jay Kidwell (@jaykidwellwhbf) July 10, 2018

Zach Johnson, unofficial-official @JDCLASSIC ambassador, meeting the media ahead of this week’s tourney. pic.twitter.com/k7n6AVL75Z

— Adam Rossow (@AdamJRossow) July 10, 2018

The defending @JDCLASSIC champ, @b_dechambeau is on the range, testing out different grips and tips from what I can gather. pic.twitter.com/rVuCdRhhUn

— Adam Rossow (@AdamJRossow) July 10, 2018

Back out to @TPCDeereRun this morning for more John Deere Classic coverage. Here's my look at Joaquin Niemann, who's taken the #PGATour by storm in just eight tournaments as a pro this season. #Golf pic.twitter.com/lCdOvDD346

— Adam Rossow (@AdamJRossow) July 10, 2018

Lots of changes, but @JDCLASSIC officially stays the week before @TheOpen in mid-July. https://t.co/6Wk1BVV6fW

— Adam Rossow (@AdamJRossow) July 10, 2018

Monday

+ 19-year-old Chilean phenom Joaquín Niemann enters his first ever John Deere Classic coming off a fifth place finish at Greenbrier. 

+ Former PGA Tour player Davis Love III talks about his son competing in the John Deere Classic.

+ Three former Iowa Hawkeyes qualify for the John Deere Classic.

+ Jay Kidwell takes on Clair Peterson at TPC Deere Run in their annual Go 4 It golf battle.

+ Remember 2017? That was fun. Our John Deere Classic coverage won a Silver Dome award. Bryson DeChambeau won the tournament. Advantage: Bryson. But that hardware still looks nice in the trophy case.

 

Golf’s next big thing is here @JDCLASSIC. Hear from 19-year-old @joaconiemann tonight on @Local4NewsWHBF. pic.twitter.com/sdUuW3INBP

— Adam Rossow (@AdamJRossow) July 9, 2018

Follow Local 4 News' award-winning John Deere Classic coverage all week long on television and online.

 


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