Murphy Tractor Attends JD Classic
July 28, 2008
The 2008 John Deere Classic golf tournament was held July 7th – 13th, in Moline Illinois.
Murphy Tractor was represented at the Pro Am event on Wednesday by Tom Udland, Steve Lawler (Lafarge NA), Steve Haven (Havens Construction) and Trey Bowen (Superior Bowen). They paired with Pro Woody Austin of Derby, KS and finished 14 under.
The Classic play starts on Thursday the 10th. This years field includes twenty-nine players who have won tournaments in the last two years. Nine have major championships on their resumes, including Cedar Rapids’ own Zach Johnson, winner of the 2007 Masters Tournament. 51 are among the leading money winners in the PGA tour. All will compete at Tournament Players Club Deere Run in Silvis, Ill.
Part of the draw for the pros this year was the new addition of a non-stop charter flight from the Quad City International Airport to Manchester, England, home of Royal Birkdale, site of this year’s British Open, which follows the John Deere Classic on the tournament schedule.
The field includes such names as Kenny Perry, a two-time winner and presumed Ryder Cup team member, long distance hitter J.B. Holmes, D.J. Trahan, Bart Bryant, Briny Baird and Sean O’Hair. All six are among the top 25 money winners on the PGA Tour this year and all a vying for a berth on the Ryder Cup team, as are Woody Austin, Chad Campbell, Bart Bryant, Jerry Kelly, Heath Slocum, Bubba Watson and others.
In addition, Aaron Baddeley, Carl Petterson, Camilo Villegas, are among a group in the Tour’s top 50 on the money list who will be competing this year.In addition to Johnson, past major champions include British Open winners Mark Calcavecchia, David Duval, Todd Hamilton, and Tom Lehman; PGA Championship winners Bob Tway and Rich Beem; former two-time U.S. Open champion Lee Janzen, and a second former Masters winner, Larry Mize.
Past John Deere Classic champions John Senden (2006), Mark Hensby (2004), J.P. Hayes (2002), and J.L. Lewis (1999) will grace the field along with O’Hair (2005).
The PGA Tour began its run in the Quad Cities in 1971. John Deere, whose world headquarters is located in Moline, Ill., assumed title sponsorship of the tournament in 1998. The tournament moved to TPC Deere Run in 2000.