Wilson joins teammate Rodgers in Deere field


Fresh off the individual title at this week's NCAA Championship, Cameron Wilson has been awarded a sponsor exemption into the John Deere Classic later this summer.

In his final event with Stanford, Wilson took top individual honors at Prairie Dunes while helping the Cardinal to the No. 1 overall seed. Stanford defeated Illinois in the opening round of match play before losing to Oklahoma State in the semifinals.

"The John Deere Classic is thrilled to welcome Cameron Wilson into our field this year," said tournament director Clair Peterson. "We receive requests for exemptions from many top amateur and college players from around the world. This week, Cameron did something to separate himself from those talented and very worthy players: he won the NCAA Championship."

The 21-year-old is currently No. 2 in the world amateur golf rankings behind his Stanford teammate, Patrick Rodgers, who was one of three players to receive sponsor invites to the event last week. Rodgers will be playing at TPC Deere Run for the third straight year, having tied for 15th last year as an amateur. He has already announced intentions to forgo his senior season at Stanford and will make his professional debut next month at the Travelers Championship.

Wilson's invitation continues a long tradition of exemptions to the Deere for rising stars, as Jordan Spieth won the event last year while playing on a sponsor invite. Past exemptions have gone to notable players well before they became household names, including Tiger Woods (1996), Zach Johnson (2002), Jason Day (2006) and Webb Simpson (2008). Last year, officials invited Patrick Reed in addition to Spieth and Rodgers.

This year's tournament will take place July 10-13 in Silvis, Ill.