EAST MOLINE, Illinois (June 20, 2011) – Fans of the John Deere Classic now may download a free John Deere Classic App to their iPhones or Android-based mobile phones to help stay connected to the tournament in a unique way.
The John Deere Classic App will enable fans to keep up with breaking news from the tournament, check out the latest PGA TOUR videos and Player Tweets, find out about practical event information, and purchase tickets right from their cell phones.
The App also lets fans stay connected with the John Deere Classic's ever more popular Facebook page, which now boasts more than 4,100 followers.
"The John Deere Classic is excited to be able to offer our fans a way to stay connected to the tournament and PGA TOUR players on a 24/7 basis," said John Deere Classic tournament director Clair Peterson. "We view the John Deere Classic App as a major advancement in how we're able to communicate directly with fans of the John Deere Classic and the PGA TOUR."
During tournament week, the John Deere Classic App will enable fans to check the leaderboard, see tee times and groupings, consult the schedule of events, review the course map and hole-by-hole descriptions of TPC Deere Run, and find out about available parking lot and shuttle buses.
The PGA TOUR recently announced a decision to allow fans to bring their mobile phone devices to PGA TOUR events as long as their use does not disrupt play.
"The PGA TOUR recently instituted as policy under which fans may bring their mobile phone devices to events as long as they follow a clearly defined code of conduct guidelines which will be posted on the course," Peterson said. "We think the John Deere Classic App will be valuable to fans before they arrive at the tournament and will enhance their viewing experience once they get to TPC Deere Run."
In addition to ongoing Facebook page updates, the John Deere Classic App features news and videos from the PGA TOUR as well as "tweets" from dozens of PGA TOUR players who post comments on their Twitter accounts. Information also is available about the tournament's highly successful – and much imitated – Birdies for Charity Program as well as tournament sponsor John Deere.
Media members who wish to download the John Deere Classic App directly to their cell phones may do so by:
- Opening the appropriate attached bar code for iPhone or Android
- Activating your smart phone's bar code scanner app (such as Red Laser)
- Pointing the smart phone at the bar code
The John Deere Classic App will load automatically.
In addition, if the bar codes are published in newspapers, fans may scan the app into their phones using the same process.
Two-time defending champion Steve Stricker will try to make tournament history by winning his third consecutive John Deere Classic, July 4-10, at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, IL. Defending British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen and 2009 British Open champion Stewart Cink are just two of the 155 top players who will be standing in Stricker's way.
For those who don't buy them with the new app, tickets for the John Deere Classic are available at www.johndeereclassic.com or by calling 309-762-4653.
The PGA Tour began its run in the Quad Cities in 1971. John Deere, whose world headquarters is in Moline, Ill., assumed title sponsorship of the tournament in 1998 and is committed through 2016. The tournament moved to TPC Deere Run in 2000.
The tournament helped raise $4.34 million for 500 charities in 2010, ranking it first among regular PGA TOUR events in per capita contributions at $11.57 for each of the 375,000 residents of the Quad City area and eighth overall on the PGA TOUR.
The John Deere Classic, which includes Birdies for Charity, is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization located in the John Deere Classic tournament offices at 15623 Coaltown Road, East Moline, Ill. Since its founding in 1971, the tournament has helped raise $38 million for charity.
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