First-round tee times for John Deere Classic

By July 10, 2012, 10:05 pm

Here are the first-round tee times for the John Deere Classic at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill.

Hole No. 1

7:00 a.m. - Marco Dawson, Matt Every, Mathias Gronberg

7:10 a.m. - Chris Riley, Ricky Barnes, Roland Thatcher

7:20 a.m. - Jeff Maggert, Rod Rampling, David Hearn

7:30 a.m. - Bryce Molder, D.A. Points, Robert Garrigus

7:40 a.m. - Scott Piercy, Rory Sabbatini, Charley Hoffman

7:50 a.m. - Chris Kirk, Harrison Frazar, Arjun Atwal

8:00 a.m. - Jason Gore, Vaughn Taylor, Tom Gillis

8:10 a.m. - Marc Turnesa, John Merrick, Patrick Sheehan

8:20 a.m. - Chez Reavie, Mathew Goggin, Kris Blanks

8:30 a.m. - Jimmy Walker, Gavin Coles, Seung-yul Noh

8:40 a.m. - Bobby Gates, Richard H. Lee, William McGirt

8:50 a.m. - Brian Harman, Jamie Lovemark, Erik Compton

9:00 a.m. - Alexandre Rocha, Billy Horschel, Patrick Rodgers

Hole No. 10

7:00 a.m. - Bart Bryant, Lee Janzen, Joey Snyder III

7:10 a.m. - Chris Couch, Billy Mayfair, Kevin Streelman

7:20 a.m. - D.J. Trahan, Garrett Willis, Kevin Chappell

7:30 a.m. - Ted Potter Jr., Zach Johnson, Nick Watney

7:40 a.m. - K.J. Choi, Jonathan Byrd, Stewart Cink

7:50 a.m. - Stuart Appleby, Matt Bettencourt, Derek Lamely

8:00 a.m. - Rocco Mediate, Heath Slocum, Bill Lunde

8:10 a.m. - Neal Lancaster, Jeff Overton, James Driscoll

8:20 a.m. - Pat Perez, Chris DiMarco, Spencer Levin

8:30 a.m. - Woody Austin, Nick O'Hern, Kevin Stadler

8:40 a.m. - Kevin Kisner, Stephen Gangluff, Will Claxton

8:50 a.m. - Zack Miller, Edward Loar, Jordan Spieth

9:00 a.m. - Charlie Beljan, Miguel Angel Carballo, Patrick Reed

Hole No. 1

12:15 p.m. - Duffy Waldorf, Chris Stroud, Sung Kang

12:25 p.m. - Alex Cejka, Shane Bertsch, Colt Knost

12:35 p.m. - Boo Weekley, Dicky Pride, Matt Jones

12:45 p.m. - Kyle Stanley, Steve Stricker, Camilo Villegas

12:55 p.m. - Mark Wilson, Jhonattan Vegas, Tim Clark

1:05 p.m. - Michal Bradley, Cameron Beckman, Brian Gay

1:15 p.m. - Ryuji Imada, David Duval, Bud Cauley

1:25 p.m. - Ryan Moore, J.J. Henry, Blake Adams

1:35 p.m. - John Senden, Brian Davis, Sang-moon Bae

1:45 p.m. - Steven Bowditch, Danny Lee, John Hurley

1:55 p.m. - Troy Kelly, Steve Wheatcroft, Luke Guthrie

2:05 p.m. - Russell Knox, Tommy Biershenk, Randall Hutchison

2:15 p.m. - Garth Mulroy, Gary Christian, Chad Proehl

Hole No. 10

12:15 p.m. - Nathan Green, Brendon de Jonge, Scott Dunlap

12:25 p.m. - Chad Campbell, Joe Durant, Josh Teater

12:35 p.m. - Troy Matteson, Tim Petrovic, Hunter Haas

12:45 p.m. - Ben Crane, Sean O'Hair, Y.E. Yang

12:55 p.m. - Carl Pettersson, Ryan Palmer, Charles Howell III

1:05 p.m. - Scott Stallings, Jason Bohn, Jerry Kelly

1:15 p.m. - Richard S. Johnson, Daniel Chopra, Frank Lickliter II

1:25 p.m. - Todd Hamilton, Shaun Micheel, Tommy Gainey

1:35 p.m. - John Daly, Ken Duke, Daniel Summerhays

1:45 p.m. - Martin Flores, Kyle Reifers, Kyle Thompson

1:55 p.m. - Billy Hurley III, Scott Brown, Chris W. Black

2:05 p.m. - Mark Anderson, J.J. Killeen, Jason Kokrak

2:15 p.m. - Brendon Todd, Matt McQuillan, John Peterson

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McIlroy needs putter to heat up to catch Woods

By Rex HoggardSeptember 23, 2018, 12:29 am

ATLANTA – Although Rory McIlroy is three strokes behind Tiger Woods at the Tour Championship and tied for second place he had the look of a man with a secret when he left East Lake on Saturday.

Trying to play catch up against Woods is never ideal, but McIlroy’s confidence stemmed from a tee-to-green game that has been unrivaled for three days.

“I definitely think today and the first day were similar,” said McIlroy, whose 66 included birdies at two of his final three holes. “I gave myself plenty of chances, and I think the biggest thing today was only just that one bogey. Got to put your ball in the fairway, put yourself in position, and for the most part, I did that today.”

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For the week McIlroy ranks first in strokes gained: off the tee, third in strokes gained: approach to the green and second in greens in regulation. But to catch Woods, who he will be paired with, he’ll need a much better day on the greens.

The Northern Irishman needed 30 putts on Day 2 and ranks 23rd, out of 30 players, in strokes gained: putting.

McIlroy skipped the first playoff event, opting instead for an extra week at home to work on his swing and the move has paid off.

“I hit the ball well. My wedge play has been really good,” he said. “I've done a lot of work on it the last few weeks, and it seems to have paid off.”

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Glover trails Straka at Tour Championship

By Associated PressSeptember 23, 2018, 12:19 am

ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. – Sepp Straka moved into position Saturday to earn a PGA Tour card in the Tour Championship, shooting a 7-under 64 to take the third-round lead.

With the top 25 earners in the four-event Tour Finals getting PGA Tour cards Sunday, Straka birdied the final three holes to reach 18-under 195 - a stroke ahead of Curtis Luck, Lucas Glover and Denny McCarthy at Atlantic Beach Country Club.

''It's always good to get an extra birdie in late. I got three of them to finish, which was nice,'' Straka said. ''It's very bunched up there, so you can't really take off, you've got to keep the pedal down and see where you end up at the end.''

Straka entered the week tied for 80th in the card race with $2,744. The 25-year-old former Georgia player from Austria won the KC Golf Classic in August for his first Tour title. He finished 31st on the money list to advance to the four-tournament series.

''My ball-striking is really good,'' Straka said. ''It's been good all week. It's been really solid. I really haven't gotten in a whole lot of trouble and have been able to capitalize on a good number of chances with the putter. Hit a couple of bad putts today, but some really good ones to make up for it.''

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Luck also shot 64. The 22-year-old Australian went into the week 16th with $41,587.

''Obviously, it just comes down to keeping that momentum going and trying not to change anything,'' Luck said. ''That's the really important thing and I felt like I did that really well. I played really aggressive on the back nine, still went after a lot of shots and I hit it close a lot out there.''

Glover had a 68. The 2009 U.S. Open champion entered the week 40th with $17,212.

McCarthy shot 67. He already has wrapped up a card, earning $75,793 in the first three events to get to 11th in the standings.

The series features the top 75 players from the regular-season money list, Nos. 126-200 in the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup standings, and non-members with enough money to have placed in the top 200. The top-25 finishers on the regular-season money list are competing against each other for tour priority, with regular-season earnings counting in their totals. The other players are fighting for the 25 cards based on series earnings.

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Woods, McIlroy in Sunday super group in finale

By Mercer BaggsSeptember 23, 2018, 12:12 am

ATLANTA – Rory McIlroy has made known his disdain for “super groups” in early tournament rounds.

Well, he’s now got one on Sunday at the Tour Championship. And it doesn’t get more super than this.

McIlroy will play alongside Tiger Woods in the final pairing, in the final round at East Lake Golf Club. Woods leads McIlroy – and Justin Rose – by three shots.

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“All I can do is worry about myself,” McIlroy said. “It doesn't matter who it is I'm playing with. It's obviously exciting for the golf tournament. It's exciting for golf, in general, that he's up there. But for me, all I can do is concentrate on myself. The game is hard enough without having to – without looking at other people. Go out there, take care of my business, and hopefully that's good enough.”

This is the fifth time that McIlroy and Woods have been grouped this year. They were alongside one another in the first two rounds of the Genesis Open and the first two rounds of the PGA Championship.

In the four previous rounds, McIlroy finished better twice, Woods once, and they tied once.

“It's going to be fun. We haven't done that much of late, because I've not been there,” Woods said of going head-to-head with McIlroy for a title. “He has been there, and he's won a bunch of tournaments. So it's nice for us to go back out and play against one another, be in the mix.”

We know Woods will be wearing his traditional red in the final round. As for McIlroy?

"I think I'll wear red," McIlroy joked. "No, geez, I've regretted wearing black out here today. It was hot."

They go out at 2:05 p.m. ET.

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Stricker, Jobe share lead in Sioux Falls

By Associated PressSeptember 22, 2018, 11:57 pm

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Steve Stricker and Brandt Jobe topped the Sanford International leaderboard again Saturday after another cool and breezy day in the inaugural PGA Tour Champions event.

After matching Jerry Smith and David McKenzie with first-round 7-under 63s, Striker and Jobe each shot 67 to get to 10-under 130 at Minnehaha Country Club.

''It was a challenge out there today,'' Stricker said. ''It was gusty, the wind came out of the south, where we played yesterday it was out of the north, so it was a totally different golf course.''

Jobe made an 18-foot birdie putt on the par-4 18th, and Stricker missed a 6-footer to leave them tied.

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''It's pretty straightforward off the tee and the greens are what make it difficult at times and you've just got to be in the right spot to have good birdie putts at it,'' Stricker said. ''If not, then you've got to play pretty defensive at times. ... It's a simple game plan, but try to stay out of trouble and keep trying to put pressure on everybody.''

Stricker won in Arizona and Mississippi in consecutive starts in May for his first senior victories. Next week in France, he will be one of U.S. Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk's assistants.

Jobe birdied four of the last five holes. He won last year in Iowa for his lone senior title

''I think we kind of got used to what the wind was,'' Jobe said. ''Of course, there's some scoring holes on the back. The front played very difficult. It was just kind of try not to screw up for a while there.''

Smith was a stroke back after a 68.

Scott McCarron also had a 68 to get to 8 under. Woody Austin was 7 under after a 64.

McKenzie had a 77 to drop into a tie for 43rd at even par.