Hundreds in QCA play, prep for 2013 John Deere Classic

“If you were expecting guests at your house, it’s those final few things you do before you open the front door.”

That is the way Clair Peterson, Tournament Director of the John Deere Classic, describes the last two days of preparation before TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Illinois is in the PGA Tour’s spotlight on Monday, July 8th, 2013.

From putting up signs to building the remaining viewing areas for spectators, Peterson estimates at least 200 people were working up, down, on, and off the course on Friday, July 5th.

“It takes about 1,200 people to put on the event so it’s a major undertaking and we’re really excited,” he told News 8’s Angie Sharp. “Our field has never looked better.”

Trying to get a spot on that field is Milan’s Matthew Romer. Originally from Springfield, Illinois, the Pinnacle Country Club PGA Head Professional is one of 166 players who teed off at Pinnacle on Friday, July 5th in hopes of being one of the 50 lowest scores that make Monday’s qualifier for the John Deere Classic. Of that number, only the top four will walk the greens of TPC Deere Run with some of the best golfers in the world.

“Just to play in a PGA Tour event would be spectacular to me so that’s what I’m shooting for,” says Romer.

Out of the 166 pre-qualifiers, 55 are from Illinois and 34 are from Iowa. Out of those 89 players, 22 are from the Quad City area. There are also golfers from Arizona, California, Florida, and Texas.

To find out who moves onto the next road, click here.

Besides those four open spots, the field for the 2013 John Deere Classic is nearly set. Peterson says 5:00pm on Friday, July 5th is the deadline for pros to either withdraw or enter the tournament.

To see who has committed so far, click here.

For tickets and more information on the John Deere Classic, click here.

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