Stewart Cink has committed to play in the PGA’S John Deere Classic near the Quad Cities next week. Cink is ranked 14th in the world and joins a field that includes defending British Open champion Todd Hamilton, Tournament director Clair Peterson says there are a lot of people interested in him, but haven’t been able to see him. Michel Wie,the teenage golf phenom who was tied for the lead at the women’s U.S. Open after three rounds before fading on Sunday, is also in the field. Wie is in the Deere Classic on a sponsor exemption.
Being a week before the British open has made it tough for the tournament to draw more big names but Peterson says last year’s results at the British should help their cause. He says they had 12 players in the field that went over last year, eight made the cut and one won. He says that’s good to let players know they can do this event and still be fresh for the British open.
Peterson says as the entry deadline approaches more big names will join the field in the next week. The John Deere Classic is July seventh through the 10th at the Tournament Players Club at Deere Run.