Pleasant Valley girls track stripped of state title

Top JDC contender almost didn’t make it to the tournament

Tied for third place at the end of Round One in the John Deere Classic is a far cry from where Matt Bettencourt thought he would be on this day.

On Wednesday, July 10, 2013, the pro golfer was on a plane headed for another tournament when he got a surprising phone call.

“I didn’t think I was going to get in,” he said. “Then the tour office from Atlanta called but I was already on the plane going to Salt Lake City.”

Bettencourt was able to catch a plane back to Chicago, and then drove to Moline arriving nearly before midnight on the night before Round One of the John Deere Classic.

News 8 asked if this was his new pre-tournament routine.

“Yes, it’s a good idea,” Bettencourt said sarcastically with laughter. “No, no.”