2021 JOHN DEERE CLASSIC WON BY LUCAS GLOVER
Monday, July 12th, 2021
Lucas Glover won the 2021 John Deere Classic at TPC Deere Run by two strokes over Kevin Na and Ryan Moore on Sunday. You don’t win PGA Tour tournaments in three different decades – especially when it’s been ten years since you last won one – but that’s exactly what he did.
Glover closed with a 64, including birdies on five of the final seven holes, to jump out in lead, cruise into the house at 19 under, and watch the rest of the field stumble in. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the PGA Tour. Normally, you don’t post early and hold on in a point-and-shoot finale like this one on a soft course like TPC Deere Run, but you don’t see a lot of 64s from players in contention.
Glover had a difficult time in the midst of his career. His short game deteriorated after he won the US Open and the 2011 Wells Fargo Championship. It was a near-disaster from 2012 to 2015. All of his victories occurred before or after that time period, which is unsurprising. In recent years, his short-game has improved, and his PGA Tour top-10 rate has skyrocketed.
Other Winners of the 2021 John Deere Classic
Ryan Moore (T2)
Even though he did not win the event, Moore had a memorable day on Sunday. He secured the final spot in next week’s Open Championship with a final-round 68 and a tie for second with Kevin Na.
Moore is playing in his first major since the 2019 PGA Championship (MC) and his first Open since finishing T12 at Carnoustie in 2018. Moore has done a lot in his career, but at this point – with just one major under his belt since 2018 – earning an Open invite is a tall order.
“I need to go talk to my wife about that, but she’s going to tell me to go,” Moore said. “We’ve had a family trip planned for next week basically for the last few months, and at this point in time in my career, I’ve played a lot of golf tournaments. I don’t want to bail on a trip like that. It was good to see my body feel good and feel good throughout the entire week, but flying on a plane for 10 hours, a lot cooler weather, it’s unpredictable how I might feel. So I might have to weigh those things and figure it out with her, but I would say at this point I’m going to commit to going with my family.”