KCHA Sports Report (8/11)

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The PGA Tour returns to the Quad Cities with the opening round of the John Deere Classic. Ron Gerrard reports.

Zach Johnson will be one of the favorites this week at this year’s Classic. The Cedar Rapids native won the tournament in 2012 and has finished out of the top three only once in the last seven years.

The 40-year-old Johnson is ranked 22nd in the world and considers the John Deere Classic to be a “home game”.

The TPC at Deere Run has been friendly to Johnson’s game. He has fired 28 straight rounds of under-70 on the course.

PGA Tour veteran Steve Stricker is also one of the favorites for this year’s tournament.

Stricker says the TPC at Deere Run is in great shape.

The 4.8 million dollar purse will include a winner’s share of 864 thousand dollars.  The John Deere Classic begins with first round action today.

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