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Final John Deere Classic leaderboard

Final 2018 John Deere Classic leaderboard

The final John Deere Classic leaderboard 2018 from TPC Deere Run, where Michael Kim was victorious

 

Final John Deere Classic leaderboard 2018:

PositionNameNationScore
1Michael KimUnited States-27
T2Joel Dahmen
Sam Ryder
Bronson Burgoon
Francesco Molinari
United States
United States
United States
Italy
-19
6Harold Varner IIIUnited States-18
T7Keith Mitchell
Kevin Streelman
Chad Campbell
Andres Romero
John Huh
United States
United States
United States
Argentina
United States
-16

Report

Michael Kim will head to The Open Championship for the very first time as he claimed his maiden PGA Tour win in emphatic fashion by lapping the field at the John Deere Classic.

The Korean-born American started the final round at TPC Deere Run with a five-shot lead having posted rounds of 63-64-64, and he showed no signs of nerves as he opened with three straight birdies to extend his lead at the top.

It was then just a case of minimising the mistakes, and he did that to perfection with a further two birdies at the 8th and 16th to go bogey-free and win by a remarkable eight shots.

It’s fair to say that not many people could have seen this victory coming. Heading into this week, Kim – the former Walker Cup player – has missed 11 of 17 cuts this year, with a best finish of 18th last month at the FedEx St Jude Classic.

But perhaps the 25-year-old is just starting to live up to his potential; after all, he won the prestigious Haskins Award in 2013 and joins the likes of Justin Thomas, Russell Henley and Patrick Cantlay who have, in recent years, won on the PGA Tour having been presented with the Haskins Award.

Elsewhere, Francesco Molinari – fresh off his win at the Quicken Loans National – continued his fine run of form as the Italian posted a final round 64 to finish tied for second alongside Joel Dahmen, Sam Ryder and Bronson Burgoon.

Click here for Keel Timmins’ full wrap from the John Deere Classic

What did you make of MIchael Kim’s performance? Were there any surprises on the final 2018 John Deere Classic leaderboard? Let us know your thoughts on X, formerly Twitter!

Matt Coles

Matt Coles

Mention a European country, and Matt will tell you which resorts make the National Club Golfer Top 100s: European Resorts list. He might even throw in who designed the golf course and how many rooms the hotel has got at each one…

Matt got into the game of golf from a young age, following his old man to the local golf club. He fell for the sport, and now can’t seem to go a day without thinking about how to improve his game (Thanks Dad!). Matt has been a member of Howley Hall GC in Leeds since 2020, and is just about managing to maintain a single-figure handicap. He likes to remind people that he once broke 75, but won’t tell people that it was on a shortened course during the winter.

He moved to Leeds after graduating from the University of Central Lancashire with a First Class Honours degree in Sports Journalism. Matt joined NCG after almost five years travelling the world with the Professional Squash Association, working on events in all four corners of the globe.

Matt currently plays a Cobra King LTDx driver and RadSpeed 3-wood. TaylorMade monopolise the rest of his bag, with a SIM UDI, M5 irons and both Milled Grind and HI-TOE wedges, along with a Monza Redline putter. He uses a Vice Pro Plus golf ball, because he’s a bit different…

Away from golf, Matt is a Manchester United fan, and a keen runner, having ran the Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon (his first and possibly last), in May 2023.

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