The 2013 champion Jordan Spieth is looking for a repeat win, but Iowa’s Zach Johnson is set once again to be a contender.
Johnson won the John Deere Classic in 2012 in a playoff and is now on the tournament’s board of directors.
Zach is one of the players helping recruit big names to the tournament. He says the dramatic finishes the last four or five years including his win in 2012 help.
“A key slogan everybody here is clinging to is ‘magic happens’ and it has here,” Johnson said.
Zach went off of number ten to start his first round at 7:30 a.m. Thursday morning. Defending champ Jordan Speith will play with three time winner Steve Stricker. They tee off at 12:45 p.m.