After a year’s detour as part of Olympic scheduling, the John Deere Classic is back in its traditional slot as the final stateside tuneup for the Open Championship. Though it may lack front-end star power, the event has a way of making its own headlines.
Michelle Wie played twice as a teenager, seeking to become the first woman in modern times to make a PGA Tour weekend. In 2010, Paul Goydos became the fourth player in Tour history to shoot a 59. One might say the JDC even birthed a superstar: Jordan Spieth’s first pro victory at age 19, fueled by a bunker holeout.