New York - As much as Zach Johnson loves everything about the John Deere Classic, he readily admits that past success will count for nothing when he launches his title defence in Thursday's opening round at the TPC Deere Run.
"I love the golf course. It's in great shape, as usual, and I just like coming back and seeing faces and friends and family that I love. It feels like my backyard in a lot of respects."
Also competing this week are former major champions Louis Oosthuizen, Keegan Bradley, Lucas Glover and Yang Yong-eun, and American world number 11 Steve Stricker, who won the John Deere Classic for three years in a row from 2009.