The John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill., holds the distinction of being the closest regular PGA Tour event to the Twin Cities. It also is a bit of a golf afterthought, since it is held the week before the British Open.

So why was Jordan Spieth in the Quad Cities only days before trying to win his third major of the year?

Loyalty, for one, to the event he earned his first PGA victory at two years ago at age 19. But he also said it's still a good course to prepare on, even if it's nothing like St. Andrews.

But only one golfer has won "the Open" a week after playing in the Deere: Todd Hamilton, in 2004.


SENIOR VOICE The Denver Post posted an excellent feature on the Rockies' LaTroy Hawkins, the ex-Twins pitcher who at 42 is the oldest player in the majors.

NEXT BIG THING? Reilly Opelka, an unseeded 17-year-old from Michigan who stands 6-10 (!), won the Wimbledon boys' singles title Sunday.