2021 John Deere Classic tee times, TV coverage, viewer's guide
The John Deere Classic returns to the heartland this week after a one-year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic. It was a lamentable loss on the 2020 schedule, a patchwork ad-hoc attempt (and a successful one) to save the season around a global pandemic and varying local regulations that made certain tournaments unfeasible.
The Deere is one of the PGA Tour’s most important events, not because of its strength of field or purse size but because of what it means to the local Quad Cities region and the community where the title sponsor is based. That sponsor seems firmly committed to this event and keeping this tournament in this area of the country at TPC Deere Run, despite economic challenges or disadvantages to doing so. It evokes the origin story of the PGA Tour, the guts of what the schedule used to be, when players would get in their cars or busses and travel to different towns across the country putting on an annual show for that community.
The event is a bit of an outlier on the modern schedule in a way, and its loss last year was a blow to the community that holds it. Even without an actual golf tournament, the John Deere Classic still raised more than $12 million in 2020 and donated that to 465 local and regional charities.
This year will not just be a celebration of the return of its golf tournament, but also its 50th anniversary. The field is hampered by having the Open Championship the following week, the usual trans-Atlantic trip something many prefer to make with time to spare. But it’s good to have a community event with a long history on tour back on the schedule. There will be birdies, and there will be Steve Stricker.
Golf Channel will carry live coverage on Thursday and Friday from 3-6 p.m. EDT. On Saturday and Sunday, Golf Channel has live coverage from 1-3 p.m with CBS finishing each day from 3-6 p.m.
PGA Tour Live streaming coverage takes place from 7:45 a.m.-6 p.m. EDT on Thursday and Friday and 7:45 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
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Tee Times (all times EDT, all rounds at TPC Deere Run)
7:40 a.m. -- Peter Malnati, Ted Potter, Jr.
7:50 a.m. -- Shawn Stefani, Aaron Wise
8 a.m. -- Sam Ryder, Brian Gay
8:10 a.m. -- Scott Piercy, John Senden
8:20 a.m. -- Cam Davis, Greg Chalmers
8:30 a.m. -- Andrew Landry, Matthew NeSmith
8:40 a.m. -- Roger Sloan, Nick Watney
8:50 a.m. -- D.J. Trahan, Michael Thompson
9 a.m. -- Willie Mack III, Rob Oppenheim
9:10 a.m. -- John Huh, Kevin Tway
9:25 a.m. -- Scott Stallings, J.J. Spaun
9:35 a.m. -- Kyle Stanley, Tom Lewis
9:45 a.m. -- Mito Pereira, Mark Hubbard
9:55 a.m. -- Wes Roach, Michael Gellerman
10:05 a.m. -- Charles Howell III, Cameron Percy
10:15 a.m. -- Jim Herman, Bo Hoag
10:25 a.m. -- Patton Kizzire, Alex Smalley
10:35 a.m. -- Henrik Norlander, Martin Laird
10:45 a.m. -- Daniel Berger, Hank Lebioda
11 a.m. -- Harold Varner III, Rhein Gibson
11:10 a.m. -- Will Gordon
11:20 a.m. -- Sungjae Im, Steve Stricker
11:30 a.m. -- Doug Ghim, Chesson Hadley
11:40 a.m. -- Vaughn Taylor, Nick Taylor
11:50 a.m. -- Zach Johnson, Scott Harrington
12 noon -- Chase Seiffert, Seamus Power
12:10 p.m. -- Sean O'Hair, Patrick Rodgers
12:20 p.m. -- Rafa Cabrera Bello, Russell Henley
12:35 p.m. -- Brian Stuard, Camilo Villegas
12:45 p.m. -- Lucas Glover, Adam Schenk
12:55 p.m. -- Luke List, Jason Dufner
1:05 p.m. -- Jhonattan Vegas, Chez Reavie
1:15 p.m. -- Ryan Moore, Maverick McNealy
1:25 p.m. -- Cameron Champ, Kevin Na
1:35 p.m. -- Scott Brown, Adam Long
1:45 p.m. -- Sebastián Muñoz, Brandon Hagy