6 04 2010

Looking over this year’s Masters’ field with a decidedly local interest in mind, a John Deere Classic lover can’t help but notice that six former John Deere Classic champions are in the field this week at Augusta National.

First and foremost, of course, is 2009 John Deere Classic champion and No. 2-ranked player in the world Steve Stricker. The soft-spoken 42-year-old veteran from Wisconsin was set to play a practice round Tuesday with Tiger Woods, who has emerged this week from his self-imposed five-month exile. Stricker has struggled with his game the last couple of weeks after starting the season out strong. He is looking for his first major championship.

Also in the field is 2008 JDC champion Kenny Perry, who last year lost a sudden death playoff at the Masters to eventual champion Angel Cabrera. Now the 19th-ranked player in the world, Perry would dearly love to win his first major this week on American golf’s most hallowed grounds.

Australia’s John Senden, who won the 2006 John Deere Classic, is in the Masters again this year for the second time. He played at Augusta in 2008 but missed the cut and is hoping for better results this time. His career took off after his victory at TPC Deere Run.

2005 John Deere Classic champion Sean O’Hair, the 20th-ranked player in the world, is in the Masters for the fourth time. Last year, he finished in a tie for 10th at the Masters after posting three rounds in the 60s. The native Texan who now makes his home in suburban Philadelphia won the Quail Hollow Championship last year and had a career-best nine top-10 finishes. O’Hair ranks among the top young American players in golf and is trying to make his first Ryder Cup team this year.

Vijay Singh, who won the 2003 John Deere Classic in a Monday morning finish, is back at the Masters for the 17th time. He won at Augusta in 2000. Singh has battled injuries, but is always a threat at the big tournaments.

The sixth champion in the Masters is David Toms, who won at Oakwood Country Club in 1997, it was his first PGA TOUR victory.  Toms won the 2001 PGA Championship and has been a member of  three Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup teams.  Toms has 12 career PGA TOUR victories.  2010 will be Toms’ 12th Masters apperance.

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