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On The Tee previews the John Deere Classic and Steve Stricker's chances of winning a three peat. Also a course review of River Valley and the OTT Radio guys sit down with Zach Johnson.


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    Returns to The John Deere Classic in Quest for 3rd Straight Win!

    Trifecta?InsIde ThIs Issue:

    Course Review

    River Valley Golf On The Tee Radio

    Interview with Zach Johnson

    Course Review

    River Valley Golf On The Tee Radio

    Interview with Zach Johnson

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    pg 14

    steve tricker

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    Cink, Oosthuizen, Love III the field for the 2011 John Deere Classic is stacking up to be quite a challenge for two-time reigning champion, Steve Stricker, who is attempting to record an historic third consecutive win at the tournament.

    Plus, those are just a few of the highlight names that have committed to play in this years tournament. Other commits include up-and-coming, 23-year-old Austrailian Jason Day, who tied for second this year at The Masters, Rich Beem (2002 PGA Championship), Shaun Micheel (2003 PGA) and Canadian Mike Weir (2002 Masters), Scott Verplank, Boo Weekley, Brett Wetterichy, Chris Riley, Vaughn Taylor and Chris DiMarco.

    The John Deere Classic field is shaping up to truly be a classic tournament.

    Not only does the tournament at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Illinois provide one of the best opportunities for Iowa golf fans to see some of the top professional golfers on the PGA Tour, it also has a huge impact for many charities. Last year, the tournament raised $4.34 million for 500 charities, which ranked it first among regular PGA Tour events in per capita contributions at $11.57 for each of the 375,000 residents of the Quad City area and eighth overall on the PGA Tour.

    The John Deere Classic is truly a wonderful event.

    This issue of On the Tee, which features Steve Stricker on the cover, offers a preview of the action at this years John Deere Classic, as well as plenty of other golf news that directly relates to Iowa golf fans.

    Coupled with the On the Tee Radio Show, the On the Tee brand is the best source of Iowa golf news and commentary for all the golf nuts in the statewhich we know there are plenty as our own Hack Nation continues to grow. You can tune in to the On the Tee Radio Show every Wednesday

    night from 6-8 p.m. and join us for Iowas only year-round golf show. On the Tee features golf pros and experts from around the country who offer their knowledge and take on everything from the casual hobbyist to the serious professionals, such as those wholl be seeking a victory at the John Deere Classic. The program also features weekly giveaways, which you definitely dont want to miss.

    Whats more, you can now join Hack Nation on Facebook with the On the Tee Facebook page! Everything On the Tee magazine and On the Tee Radio Show have to offer can now be accessed through our Facebook page. Its a great way to connect with your fellow golf fanatics in Iowa and the rest of Hack Nation.

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    CONTENTS4 JDC Field Ready to Challenge Stricker

    11 Gilder Wins Principal Charity Classic

    14 Conversation with Zach Johnson

    Strickers Quest for Trifecta to be Challenged by Strong John Deere Classic Field!

    A strong John Deere Classic field is more than ready and capable of challenging Steve Stricker, who is looking to win an historic third John Deere Classic in a row.

    Bob Gilder won this years Principal Charity Classic golf tournament by sinking a clutch, 30-foot birdie putt. Read the full review of the tournament on page 11.

    Mike Rickord ISC Publisher

    PGA pro and Iowa native, Zach Johnson, joined the guys on the On the Tee Radio Show June 22. Listen to the conversation here!


    Contributing Writers: Glen Turk, John Deere Classic,, Molly Brown, Aaron Blau, Susan Thompson, River Valley

    Contributing Photographers:, Grand View University, Principal Charity Classic, John Deere Classic, River Valley

    22 Course Review: River Valley

    MIKE RICKORD President/

    JOHN STREETS Business

    TONY ATZENI Radio Account

    JOE STASI Sr. Sales



    PJ CAFFREY Account Executive

    DELBERT CHRISTENSEN Marketing Cedar Rapids/Sioux City

    ADAM OESTREICH Graphic ArtistLAUREN SMITH Graphic Artist/Writer

    Weve got a hole-by-hole breakdown of River Valley. Get tips and an overview on the course.

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    Classic champions in the field are John Senden (2006), Mark Hensby (2004), and J.P. Hayes (2002). A number of former Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup players who have committed are Scott Verplank, Boo Weekley, Brett Wetterich, Chris Riley, Vaughn Taylor, and Chris DiMarco. Tickets for the John Deere Classic are available at by calling 309-762-4653. The PGA Tour began its run in the Quad Cities in 1971.John Deere, whose world headquarters is in Moline, Ill., assumed title sponsorship of the tournament in 1998 and is

    committed through 2016.The tournament moved to TPC Deere Run in 2000. The tournament helped raise $4.34 million for 500 charities in 2010, ranking it first among regular PGA TOUR events in per capita contributions at $11.57 for each of the 375,000 residents of the Quad City area and eighth overall on the PGA TOUR. The John Deere Classic, which includes Bird-ies for Charity, is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization located in the John Deere Classic tournament offices at 15623 Coaltown Road, East Moline, Ill. Since its founding in 1971, the tournament has helped raise $37.94 million for charity.

    More than 20 recent PGA Tour winners, includ-ing eight from this season, will try to foil two-time defending champion Steve Strickers attempt to win an historic three straight at this years $4.5 million John Deere Classic, July 4-10, at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill. The current-year champions who have commit-ted to date are former John Deere Classic cham-pion Jonathan Byrd (2007), two-time winner Mark Wilson, Jhonny Vegas, D.A. Points, Johnson Wagner, Michael Bradley, Brendan Steele, and Keegan Bradley. Among committed players who have won a tour-nament in the last two years are Jerry Kelly, Rocco Mediate, John Rollins, Bo Van Pelt, Heath Slocum, and former John Deere Classic champion Kenny Perry (2008). Were pleased and excited to have such a solid group of current champions committed to play so early in the process, said John Deere Classic tour-nament director Clair Peterson. Players have until 5 oclock Friday before the tournament to commit, so we expect to add other top name players as tourna-ment week draws closer. Up-and-coming 23-year-old Australian sensation Jason Day, who tied for second this year at The Masters, also has committed. Day was 18 years old and playing on a sponsor exemption when made the cut at the 2006 John Deere Classic, his first tourna-ment of any kind in the U.S. A number of British Open-qualified players have

    Strong Field Ready to Challenge Strickers Quest for JDC Three-peatContributed By: John Deere Classic

    committed and likely will be boarding the tournaments non-stop Sunday evening charter to Royal St. Georges. Among them are Stricker, Byrd, Kelly, former Masters champion and Cedar Rapids (Ia.) native Zach Johnson, Bo Van Pelt, and former British Open champions Todd Hamilton and John Daly. Other recent Open qualifiers include Brian Davis, Bob Estes, Nathan Green, Spencer Levin, and Chris Tidland. Stricker, who last year obliterated the tournaments previous 72-hole scoring record by four shots, will return to TPC Deere Run this year at-tempting to be the first player in tour-nament history to win it three times in a row. The last PGA Tour player to win the same tour-nament three times consecutively was Tiger Woods from 2005-07 at the Bridgestone Invitational. Also returning will be veteran Paul Goydos, who finished second to Stricker last year after shooting a 12-under par 59 in his opening round. At the time, Goydos was one of only four players in PGA Tour his-tory to have shot 59 in an official event. Other former major champions in the field include Rich Beem (2002 PGA Championship), Shaun Micheel (2003 PGA), and Mike Weir of Canada (2002 Masters). In addition to Byrd and Perry, past John Deere

    Steve Stricker (photo cour-tesy of PGA Photo)

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    Davis Love III, a former PGA Champion and captain of the 2012 U.S. Ryder Cup team, has committed to play in the $4.5 million John Deere Classic, July 4-10,