Plenty of Illini flavor at the John Deere Classic in July

Stricker, Meyer, Hardy all in the field

SILVIS (WCIA) -- The John Deere Classic is less than one month away, and there will be plenty of orange and blue represented in the field.

It only seems fitting the only annual PGA tournament stop in Illinois will once again have several Illini in the field.  Steve Stricker headlines the orange and blue contingent -- he's the only player in this event's 47-year history to three-peat, he always seems to play well here, and he'll once again be one of the favorites to contend for another title.

Former Illini DA Points is also expected to be in the field, along with 2015 graduate Brian Campbell, who is in his first season on the PGA Tour.  He actually made his professional debut here a couple of years ago.

Two current Illini are also scheduled to be in the field.  Nick Hardy and Dylan Meyer both just completed their junior seasons and both will be on sponsor exemptions.

Ryan Moore is the defending champ.  His victory here paved the way to the Ryder Cup, where he was named a Captain's pick.  He went on to make the clinching putt for the US, a moment he calls career defining.  And Moore says it all started right here at Deere Run.

"This tournament meant so much to me last year and it really is the reason I ended up on the Ryder Cup team and to finish my year off the way I did," Moore said. "It was this event that started that and I will forever be thankful for that."

Two former Illini that will not be here are Luke Guthrie and Scott Langley.  They've made several appearances at the JDC over the years but are now playing on the Web.com Tour after losing their PGA cards last season.  It means they will be in Springfield for the Lincoln Land Charity Championship later in June. As for the John Deere Classic, it runs July 13th through the 16th.


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