Weibring tips cap to Goydos, Stricker

Steve Stricker

Steve Stricker

SILVIS, Ill. – One day after the course he co-designed surrendered a 59 and a 60 in the John Deere Classic, D.A. Weibring tipped his cap to Paul Goydos and Steve Stricker on going low.

But there’s no need to get the John Deere tractors to toughen TPC Deere Run, Weibring said.

“I got phone calls yesterday and everyone says, ‘What are you going to do to the golf course?’ It’s not a rollover golf course,” Weibring said. “I think the golf course will defend itself. If we get a little breeze going and it firms up a little bit the scores will slow down.”

When he arrived at the tournament on Thursday with his son, Matt, who is in the field this week, D.A. looked over at the scoreboard on No. 9 and was astonished to see Goydos at 11 under. He walked over to the 18th green just after Goydos holed the putt for 59.

Weibring noted the soft greens and lack of wind presented ideal conditions. He agreed with the decision to play lift, clean and place during the first round.

“But you still you have to hit good shots, make putts and keep it going. Both Paul and Steve did that and I take my hat off to them,” Weibring said. “There were two remarkable rounds, but 4 under was T-18.”

Weibring, a three-time champion of the event, returned this week to help celebrate the tournament’s 40th anniversary and root for his son, who made his first cut since May.

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