…. India’s golfing great, Jeev Milkha Singh with -17 won in a playoff against Italy’s Francesco Molinari who was leading to begin the final round. Phil Mickelson ended up in a five-way tie at -12, along with notable golfer Ireland’s Padriag Harrington. Ernie Els, from South Africa, ended at -6. Mickelson ended his fourth round, once again, over par by 2. But, still a far better showing in the Scottish open that he has had in awhile.
Back on American soil, at Silvis, IL ~ we currently have the John Deere Classic being played. At the end of the day yesterday, Troy Matteson was -18, with Steve Stricker tied close behind in second at -15. In today’s round, which has already begun play ~ Matteson and Stricker are playing together. Just finished their third hole, Matteson still in the lead at -19, but Sticker moving closer at -17. The tournament is 42 years old….but has gone under name changes and locations in with the total years. It’s inception began as the Quad Cities Open in 1971 as a satellite event ~ officially on the tour schedule in 1972 played at Crow Valley CC in Davenport IA, 1971-1974. Then moved to Oakwood CC in Coal Valley, IL, 1976-1999. Since 2000 the event has been at the TPC Deere Run in Silvis, IL. Prior to John Deere taking over in 1999, the tournament was sponsored by noteables Ed McMahon (’74-’79), Miller Brewing Co (’82-’85), Hardee’s (’86-’94). To keep the tournament alive and well ~ John Deere stepped in and has kept the tournament at a successful level.
Steve Stricker is making a run for his fourth championship at the JDC. Not only a multiply champion, but holds the lowest winning score at -26 as recently as 2010. So, Stricker is definitely familiar with the course , and do believe probably one of his favorites to play. Finishing out the seventh hole, Matteson gained back a stroke to up him back at -19, Stricker holding at -17. But we have Luke Gutherie and Scott Piercy nipping at Stricker’s heels at -16. So as we golfers know ~ the scores are not in stone and can change quickly with each hole played. Humbling game as many know. Especially for Troy Kelly. He was looking at a possible win in the Greenbrier Classic played last weekend ~ only to lose on the third hole playoff to Ted Potter, Jr. He missed the cut of this weekend’s John Deere Classic.
So, I will watch the remainder of the tournament, enjoy the play and my hopes are that once again ~ Steve Stricker takes the win.
To all ~ have a great afternoon ~ no matter what your sport of choice happens to be. Always ~ Elichap