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Johnson getting used to John Deere Classic crowds

SILVIS, ILLINOIS (KWWL) -- Zach Johnson has played in the Quad Cities for just under a decade, 8 times in total.  Being just over an hour from Cedar Rapids, it's the closest thing he has to a hometown tournament, which means familiar faces and bigger galleries.  He early in his career, that used to make him nervous, but not anymore.

"I kind of feel like I play in front of a home crowd nearly every week," says Zach, "That may sound weird, and it may be far fetched, but there is Iowa people everywhere."

While that might be true, the galleries for Zach are always bigger in the Quad Cities. That didn't always bode well as the Cedar Rapids native finished no better than 20th in his first 7 tries.  Last year he finally broke through finishing 2nd, making him believe that he could put it together at Deere Run.

"What I can take from it is just the fact that I really wasn't in strong contention going into the weekend, but that really doesn't matter as long as I play my own game and execute accordingly, I can certainly move up the board," said Zach.

For Zach and much of the field, the John Deere Classic is really a good warm up for next week's British Open, and despite the fact that it's over 3,700 miles away from the Hawkeye state, Zach still expects to have a great following of Iowans.

"Next week, I'm going across the pond, I guarantee it.  I'll bet the farm.  I don't have one, but I'll bet it."

Zach tees off at 12:28 PM on Thursday with Tim Clark and Bubba Watson as he goes for his first win at the TPC at Deere Run.

Online reporter Mark Woodley

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