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    • Zach Johnson, along with David Hearn, lost in a playoff to Jordan Spieth in the 2013 John Deere Classic. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images) Zach Johnson, along with David Hearn, lost in a playoff to Jordan Spieth in the 2013 John Deere Classic. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

    Unlike The Old White TPC, which underwent numerous updates after Stuart Appleby closed out the inaugural edition of The Greenbrier Classic in 2010 with a 59, TPC Deere Run has remained largely intact since Paul Goydos torched it for the same glistening aggregate to open the 2010 John Deere Classic. So it comes as no surprise that scores have remained seriously low along the banks of the Rock River in Silvis, Illinois.

    TPC Deere Run is a par 35-36=71 capable of stretching 7,268 yards. It finished the 2013 season as the third-easiest par 71 at -1.603 strokes to par and yielded 1,966 par breakers (including 36 eagles), which is a six-year high on the PGA TOUR. It's also one of just two courses that has surrendered fairways-hit and greens-in-regulation percentages north of 70.00 in each of the last two years. (Monterey Peninsula Country Club's Shore Course, co-host of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, is the other.)

    The par 3s, 4s and 5s at TPC Deere Run averaged under par in 2013. It was the third time in four years that all three came to rest in red numbers. And the John Deere Classic has featured (or shared) the lowest cut in relation to par in every season since 2010. So, surely you get the point that the field of 156 can be aggressive and stay aggressive.

    In addition to the usual spoils for a good week, the final exemption into next week's The Open Championship is reserved for the top finisher not otherwise exempt inside the top five and ties at the John Deere Classic.

    The Quad Cities has endured its fair share of rain in recent weeks, evident in the River Flood Warnings that exist throughout the area. Unfortunately, more precipitation cannot be ruled out during the tournament. Temperatures will peak in the mid-80s on Saturday and wind may add to the challenge throughout.

    POWER RANKINGS: JOHN DEERE CLASSIC

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    1 Zach Johnson Zach Johnson

    The 2012 champ also has a P2 (2013), T2 (2009) and a T3 (2011). His actual scoring average in his last 20 rounds at TPC Deere Run: 66.80.

    The 2012 champ also has a P2 (2013), T2 (2009) and a T3 (2011). His actual scoring average in his last 20 rounds at TPC Deere Run: 66.80.

    2 Jordan Spieth Jordan Spieth

    First (only) title defense. Led field in par-3 scoring (bogey-free 7-under); ranked T3 in par breakers (25). Top 20s in last four starts.

    First (only) title defense. Led field in par-3 scoring (bogey-free 7-under); ranked T3 in par breakers (25). Top 20s in last four starts.

    3 Ryan Moore Ryan Moore

    Rested since a T5 at Travelers where he led entering the final round. Five top 10s in 2013-14. Perfect in five starts here with a T8 (2012).

    Rested since a T5 at Travelers where he led entering the final round. Five top 10s in 2013-14. Perfect in five starts here with a T8 (2012).

    4 Steve Stricker Steve Stricker

    Tournament's all-time earnings leader has three wins and another four top 10s, including T10 last year. Career-best 60 to open 2010 edition.

    Tournament's all-time earnings leader has three wins and another four top 10s, including T10 last year. Career-best 60 to open 2010 edition.

    5 Chris Stroud Chris Stroud

    T4 at Greenbrier where he led the field in scrambling. Top 20s in three of last four starts. He's 5-for-5 at TPC Deere Run with two top 25s.

    T4 at Greenbrier where he led the field in scrambling. Top 20s in three of last four starts. He's 5-for-5 at TPC Deere Run with two top 25s.

    6 John Senden John Senden

    Off since missing U.S. Open cut. Won here in 2006; added a solo fourth in 2012. Ranks 13th on TOUR in GIR; 12th in strokes gained-putting.

    Off since missing U.S. Open cut. Won here in 2006; added a solo fourth in 2012. Ranks 13th on TOUR in GIR; 12th in strokes gained-putting.

    7 Billy Hurley III Billy Hurley III

    Chased a T8 at Congressional with a T4 at Greenbrier where he led after 36 and 54 holes. Tied for eighth in the 2012 John Deere Classic.

    Chased a T8 at Congressional with a T4 at Greenbrier where he led after 36 and 54 holes. Tied for eighth in the 2012 John Deere Classic.

    8 Harris English Harris English

    First start since a T7 at the Travelers Championship, his seventh top 10 of the season. Shared 15th place in his debut here last year.

    First start since a T7 at the Travelers Championship, his seventh top 10 of the season. Shared 15th place in his debut here last year.

    9 Bud Cauley Bud Cauley

    His T4 at Greenbrier -- a season-best -- was his fourth top 25 in the last eight starts. Currently 34th in greens in regulation.

    His T4 at Greenbrier -- a season-best -- was his fourth top 25 in the last eight starts. Currently 34th in greens in regulation.

    10 Kevin Streelman Kevin Streelman

    First start since winning the Travelers Championship where he led the field in par breakers. Two T8s among four starts at TPC Deere Run.

    First start since winning the Travelers Championship where he led the field in par breakers. Two T8s among four starts at TPC Deere Run.

    11 Chris Kirk Chris Kirk

    Twenty-two consecutive cuts made. Eleven top 25s in 2013-14. He's 3-for-3 at TPC Deere Run with two T22s. T6 entering last year's finale.

    Twenty-two consecutive cuts made. Eleven top 25s in 2013-14. He's 3-for-3 at TPC Deere Run with two T22s. T6 entering last year's finale.

    12 Charles Howell III Charles Howell III

    Continues to pick his spots, but still making cuts. Six top 10s among 20 cuts made this season. Five top 25s in eight starts at the JDC.

    Continues to pick his spots, but still making cuts. Six top 10s among 20 cuts made this season. Five top 25s in eight starts at the JDC.

    13 Jason Bohn Jason Bohn

    Comes off a T11 at Greenbrier where he led the field in putts per GIR and ranked seventh in strokes gained-putting. Four top 25s at the JDC.

    Comes off a T11 at Greenbrier where he led the field in putts per GIR and ranked seventh in strokes gained-putting. Four top 25s at the JDC.

    14 Brendon de Jonge Brendon de Jonge

    He's traded two top 10s with 17 finishes outside the top 25 since January, but has three top 25s at TPC Deere Run (2010-2012).

    He's traded two top 10s with 17 finishes outside the top 25 since January, but has three top 25s at TPC Deere Run (2010-2012).

    15 Jerry Kelly Jerry Kelly

    Three top 10s on the season, but no top 30s in his last six starts. Shared fourth place here last year; 7-for-8 overall with five top 25s.

    Three top 10s on the season, but no top 30s in his last six starts. Shared fourth place here last year; 7-for-8 overall with five top 25s.

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