The PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic has been known as a tournament that gives young golfers an early break and this year’s event will be no different. Several up and coming golfers have been given sponsor exemptions to take part in next month’s tournament.
Tournament director Clair Peterson says they try to set aside a few exemptions each year for players they think are going to be the next generation success stories. Peterson says this year’s list is led by 18 year old Jordan Spieth, who was part of the NCAA championship team at Texas.
“He made the cut in Dallas a couple of years ago and was worried he might miss his high school graduation if he happened to win the tournament on the weekend, it was a great story,” Peterson says. Other young players are Patrick Rogers, who competes for Stanford and Luke Guthrie just completed his college career at Illinois.
The fields at the John Deere Classic have been improving in recent years and Peterson believes one reason is the relationships they build with younger pros. This year’s John Deere Classic is July 12th through the 15th.