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Blixt expected to honor John Deere commitment 07-08-2013
Despite winning The Greenbrier Classic on Sunday, qualifying for next week's Open Championship and stating that he was looking forward to spending time with family, Jonas Blixt appears unlikely to withdraw from this week's John Deere Classic.

John Deere Classic on Twitter
In a Twitter exchange with oddsmaker Jeff Sherman on Twitter, @JDCLASSIC explained that the Swede is "planning to take charter" to Scotland for the major. The annual flight is one of the perks for golfers wishing to play in both events.
Blanks withdraws from the Utah Championship 07-08-2013
Kris Blanks
Kris Blanks has been removed from the published field of this week's Utah Championship on the Tour.
This didn't take long. Meanwhile, he hasn't tweeted since July 1. That's a virtual eternity for a guy that loves remaining engaged with his 17,000-plus followers.
Z. Johnson back to defend in the Quad Cities 07-08-2013
Zach Johnson
Zach Johnson finally broke through to win what he has long considered his fifth major at the John Deere Classic in 2012 and returns to defend.
A native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the event in the Quad Cities has long been dear to ZJ's heart. He had already nabbed a second and a third, so all he lacked was the elusive win. After 72 holes last season, he found himself in a playoff with Troy Matteson. While his performance was shaky in that playoff, the former Masters winner emerged with a trophy in his hands.
Stanley rides into John Deere with solid past 07-08-2013
Kyle Stanley
Kyle Stanley nearly picked up his first PGA TOUR victory at the John Deere Classic in 2011, finishing second to Steve Stricker, and is back this week to take a shot at redemption.
Stanley posted ahead of Stricker that afternoon, then watched as Stricker needed to birdie the par-4 18th to beat him. After finding the fairway bunker with his tee shot, Stricker hit his approach just over the green to a back pin. With everyone expecting him to force a playoff with a par, Stricker holed the birdie to hand Stanley the hard-luck loss.
Points stays true to Illinois roots at JDC 07-08-2013
D.A. Points
D.A. Points will give it a go at the John Deere Classic despite a poor history at TPC Deere Run.
Born in Peking, Illinois, it's likely that his background has something to do with his allegiance to this stop. In seven previous stops, his T38 in 2011 is the only time he left with a paycheck. Current form isn't much better, having missed three of his last four cuts with a T54 at last week's Greenbrier the only weekend tee time.
Weekley preps for Muifield at TPC Deere Run 07-08-2013
Boo Weekley
Boo Weekley is one of a number of players teeing it up at the John Deere Classic before skipping across the pond for The Open Championship.
Weekley has been a steady fade since his win at Colonial, sharing 27th at the FedEx St. Jude before missing the cut at the U.S. Open and The Greenbrier Classic. He's two for three with a top 25 to his credit at TPC Deere Run. Let's face it. He may only be playing this week because there is Deere in the course and tournament name and his trigger finger felt itchy.
K. Stadler set for TPC Deere Run return trip 07-08-2013
Kevin Stadler
Kevin Stadler will play the John Deere Classic for the seventh time this week.
His tie for 10th in his first attempt in 2005 stands as his best. Since then, he's missed four cuts and tied for 34th at TPC Deere Run. He broke a string of three missed cuts with a T27 at the FedEx St. Jude Classic in June, then followed that up with a T51 in the Travelers Championship in his last start. at 77th in the FedExCup standings, his status for 2013-14 is secure.
Karlsson makes first stop at the John Deere 07-08-2013
Robert Karlsson
Robert Karlsson enters the John Deere Classic 144th in the FedExCup standings.
This is his first trip to TPC Deere Run, and it's fair to think that his current standing in the FEC has something to do with the change in schedule. He's running out of weeks to secure a 2013-14 card via the top 125, so every start is precious. After a T4 at the Wells Fargo in May, he's failed to secure a top 30.
Byrd returns to TPC Deere run; 2007 champion 07-08-2013
Jonathan Byrd
Jonathan Byrd picked up the third of his five PGA TOUR victories at the John Deere Classic in 2007 and is back this year looking for similar magic.
TPC Deere Run has been a solid stop for the veteran over the years, picking up a T2 and two other top 25s to go with his win. He needs something to happen pretty badly. In 12 events this season he's only made three cuts and ranks 192nd in the FedExCup standings. While he will likely have some starts on a medical in his back pocket for 2013-14, he would otherwise have only Past Champion status should he fail to secure a card in one of the more traditional routes. At 60th on the career money list, he doesn't qualify for a one-time top 50 career exemption.
T.Hamilton makes start in home state at JDC 07-08-2013
Todd Hamilton
Todd Hamilton returns to Illinois for the John Deere Classic.
While he now resides in Texas, Hamilton was born in Galesburg, Illinois and has played in every edition of the event at TPC Deere Run dating back to 2004. During those stops, he's cracked the top 30 on six occasions. His only previous PGA TOUR start this year was a missed cut at Pebble Beach.
Allenby makes first appearance at John Deere 07-08-2013
Robert Allenby
Robert Allenby will make his first stop at The John Deere Classic.
It's hard to believe that a veteran of 423 TOUR events has never made his way to the Quad Cities, but that happens to be the case. For years, he's been a fixture on the global golf scene and this event is normally in the way of his preparation for The Open Championship. With his world ranking all the way down to 429th, Muirfield is the last thing on his mind this week.
Svoboda in danger; John Deere Classic next 07-08-2013
Andrew Svoboda has made just two cuts in 13 starts in his rookie campaign and the John Deere Classic is his next test.
Svoboda begins the week 211th in the FedExCup standings. While most people are focusing on trying to crack the top 125 for 2013-14 PGA TOUR full status and a spot in The Barclays field, his concern is at least ending the year inside the top 200. That's the minimum requirement for a spot in the four-tournament series that has replaced Q School as the path to a PGA TOUR card. Without that, he likely will be fighting for Tour status in Q School later in the Fall.
Lickliter II fails to qualify for John Deere 07-08-2013
Frank Lickliter
Frank Lickliter II turned in an even-par 36-36=72 at Pinnacle Country Club in Milan, Ill., in today's open qualifier for the John Deere Classic, five strokes too high to join the playoff for the final berth into the tournament proper. He erased three birdies with three bogeys and settled for a share of 36th place. Lickliter II four-spotted for the Travelers Championship three weeks ago, but missed the cut in the tournament. Other notables to failed to qualify for the JDC include: 68--Mathias GrĀ"nberg ... 69--Mike Van Sickle ... 70--Robert Gamez; Brad Benjamin ... 71--Bubba Dickerson ... 72--Andre Stolz ... 73--Kyle Thompson; David McKenzie ... 77--Ted Purdy; Barry Cheesman.
First 'The Big Break' champ Deere OQ medalist 07-08-2013
Justin Peters
Justin Peters spun a bogey-free, 8-under-par 31-33=64 at Pinnacle Country Club in Milan, Ill., in today's open qualifier for the John Deere Classic.

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Fans of the original "The Big Break" on Golf Channel will recall Peters' victory in the made-for-TV competition. That was back in 2003. Overall, he's 0-for-3 on the PGA TOUR but played regularly on the Tour in 2010 before tapering off the following season. Today he buried eight birdies, including on each of the four par 5s, to earn his first start in the big leagues since 2006. John Kimbell took runner-up honors at 7-under 33-32=65; he also circled eight birdies but swallowed one bogey. Connor Arendell took third at bogey-free, 6-under 35-31=66 with six birdies. The final berth into the John Deere Classic went to Chris Naegel, who completed regulation in 5-under 32-35=67 (6 birdies, 1 bogey). He then outlasted one of last week's four-spotters, Brad Adamonis (33-34=67; eagle at the par-4 fifth hole, 6 birdies, 3 bogeys), and Matt Thompson (34-33=67; 6 birdies, 1 bogey) in a three-man playoff. The field at TPC Deere Run is now complete at 156.
Still in search of a spark, DiMarco plays JDC 07-08-2013
Chris DiMarco
Chris DiMarco has been added to the published field of this week's John Deere Classic.
He was the fifth alternate when the field was released on Friday afternoon and snuck in today as the last following seven withdrawals. (Two were replaced with sponsor exemptions.) His T8 at last year's JDC remains his best PGA TOUR finish since August of 2007. The three-time PGA TOUR champ is 2-for-6 this season with one top-55 finish (T22, Valero Texas Open).
Short, Jr. climbs into the field at the Deere 07-08-2013
Wes Short
Wes Short, Jr. has been added to the published field of this week's John Deere Classic.
Short, Jr. was the fourth alternate when the field was released on Friday afternoon. He earned a spot in the field due to seven withdrawals. The 49-year-old missed the cut at Greenbrier in what was his final start on a Major Medical Extension. He's 3-for-12 on the season with no top 25s. Avoid.
Nathan Green chases fourth straight payday 07-08-2013
Nathan Green
Nathan Green has been added to the published field of this week's John Deere Classic.
Green was the third alternate when the field was released on Friday afternoon. He received a tee time at TPC Deere Run when seven others withdrew. The Aussie has cashed in three consecutive starts although none went for a top 30. He's competed in the last seven JDCs, surviving five cuts with one top-45 finish (T3, 2007).
Glen Day gains entry into the John Deere 07-08-2013
Glen Day
Glen Day has been added to the published field of this week's John Deere Classic.
Day was the second alternate when the field was released on Friday afternoon. He gained entry thanks to seven withdrawals. He's 2-for-3 this year. His T10 at the St. Jude is the reason why he sits so high in the Beyond 150 Reshuffle, but he has no fantasy value.
Jobe looks to end drought at TPC Deere Run 07-08-2013
Brandt Jobe
Brandt Jobe has been added to the published field of this week's John Deere Classic.
Jobe was the first alternate when the field was released on Friday afternoon. He gained entry after seven withdrawals. He's patch quilted a respectable season despite losing status via a Major Medical Extension in May. Currently 143rd in FedExCup points, he's missed the cut in his last four appearances at TPC Deere Run.
Vogel snares first PGA TOUR start as a pro 07-08-2013
T.J. Vogel
T.J. Vogel has been added to the published field of this week's John Deere Classic.
Vogel gained entry on a sponsor exemption. After missing the cut as an amateur at the Masters, he turned pro in advance of the U.S. Open sectional qualifier in Georgia where he'd settle for first alternate and short of the field at Merion. So, the JDC will go in the books as his debut as a professional on the PGA TOUR.
Micheel given sponsor exemption for the JDC 07-08-2013
Shaun Micheel
Shaun Micheel has been added to the published field of this week's John Deere Classic.
Micheel was the recipient of one of the two sponsor exemptions that became available due to early withdrawals that allowed Scott McCarron and Jordan Spieth to gain entry on merit. Micheel missed the cut in his only previous start this season (St. Jude). He's also 0-for-5 on the Tour where he withdrew from his last start in early June due to an unspecified injury.
Walker WDs from the Deere; Open start on deck 07-08-2013
Jimmy Walker
Jimmy Walker has been removed from the published field of this week's John Deere Classic.
Considering he tied for second at The Old White TPC on Sunday, he's the big fish among the wave of withdrawals from the JDC today. Instead, he'll travel to Scotland for his first appearance in The Open Championship for which he qualified via his spot inside the top 20 in the latest FedExCup standings.
Tringale elects not to tee it up at the Deere 07-08-2013
Cameron Tringale
Cameron Tringale has been removed from the published field of this week's John Deere Classic.
This is a slightly surprising decision given he tied for 23rd at Greenbrier and finished T9 in his last start at the JDC in 2011. However, he's T53 in FedExCup points, so he's poised to make some noise in the next two months.
Marino's latest break extends to a fifth week 07-08-2013
Steve Marino
Steve Marino has been removed from the published field of this week's John Deere Classic.
He hasn't competed since missing the cut at the FedEx St. Jude Classic a month ago. At risk of losing another season in his prime, the 33-year-old will remain with nine starts on his Major Medical Extension to earn $413,596 and retain status.
Marc Leishman chooses rest on eve of The Open 07-08-2013
Marc Leishman
Marc Leishman has been removed from the published field of this week's John Deere Classic.
This will give him two weeks off in advance of his third appearance at next week's Open Championship. Since a torrid stretch ended in mid-May, he's 3-for-5 with no better than a T30 in his title defense at the Travelers Championship.
Kokrak withdraws from the John Deere Classic 07-08-2013
Jason Kokrak
Jason Kokrak has been removed from the published field of this week's John Deere Classic.
This is his second early WD in the last four tournaments (Travelers). In between, he finished T3 at the AT&T National and T41 at The Greenbrier Classic. The PGA TOUR sophomore is comfortably inside the top-125 bubble at 76th in FedExCup points.
It's official, Hanson withdraws from the JDC 07-08-2013
Peter Hanson
Peter Hanson has been removed from the published field of this week's John Deere Classic.
This confirms's report that the Swede pulled out on Saturday. He withdrew during his final round at Greenbrier due to a back injury. Consider him a question mark for next week's Open Championship.
James Driscoll takes a pass on the John Deere 07-08-2013
James Driscoll
James Driscoll has been removed from the published field of this week's John Deere Classic.
He's played spirited golf most of the year and ranks 79th in FedExCup points. Given his record at TPC Deere Run -- 2-for-6 with zero top 55s -- and assuming all is well outside the ropes, it's understandable why he's opted for a week off.
Stephen Gallacher gains entry into The Open 07-08-2013
Stephen Gallacher
Stephen Gallacher has been added to the published field of next week's Open Championship.
The Scot replaces John Daly, who had already announced that he'll undergo surgery on his right elbow. Gallacher won in Dubai earlier this year to vault into the conversation for today's exemption via the Official World Golf Ranking, which is used to create the list of alternates into the major. He tied for eighth in Paris on Sunday and has cashed in his last two appearances in The Open. Scott Stallings and Joost Luiten are now the respective first and second alternates for the field of 156 at Muirfield.
Surging DeLaet among eight Open qualifiers 07-08-2013
Hidezumi Shirakata
Graham DeLaet was one of eight golfers to gain entry into next week's Open Championship by virtue of his Official World Ranking.
The R&A revealed today that it needed to go eight deep to fill the vacancies in advance of this week's final two exemptions reserved for the winners of the Scottish Open and John Deere Classic. DeLaet strung together five top 25s before a T30 at The Greenbrier Classic. The push propelled him to 67th in the OWGR, comfortably inside the bubble to help complete the field of 156 at Muirfield. The other seven qualifiers are as follows: Jonas Blixt (51st), Martin Laird (59th), Fredrik Jacobson (63rd), Marc Leishman (66th), Kyle Stanley (68th), Chris Wood (70th) and Ken Duke (73rd). Stephen Gallacher (75th) and Scott Stallings (76th) are the first two alternates, respectively.