Van Sickle, Sucher get John Deere exemptions

Friday, June 26, 2009

Walker Cup candidates Mike Van Sickle and Zack Sucher will get a chance to test their games against the pros after receiving sponsor exemptions to the John Deere Classic.

Van Sickle (Marquette) and Sucher (UAB) finished their eligibility earlier this year, but are postponing their pro career in an attempt to represent the U.S. in the Walker Cup.

Other sponsor exemptions into this year’s Deere, which will be held July 9-12, went to Michigan State’s Jack Newman, the ‘08 U.S. Amateur Public Links champ, and Arizona State’s Philip Francis. Kyle Stanley, making his pro debut at this week’s Travelers Championship, also is in the field.