John Deere Classic 2014: Tee times, TV schedule for Thursday

Michael Cohen

The final PGA Tour tuneup before the British Open gets underway at TPC Deere Run.

While many of the top golfers in the world are focused on sharpening their games before the British Open next week, some are merely still trying to play their way into the field at Royal Liverpool. There will be a mix of both this week at the John Deere Classic with several qualified players playing and a host of others who could qualify with a strong tournament. It all gets underway on Thursday with the first round from TPC Deere Run.

Defending champion Jordan Spieth headlines the field as he returns to the site of his first PGA Tour win. Winning the John Deere Classic sealed a trip to the British Open last year for Spieth. He's already qualified for The Open this year, but will attempt to defend his John Deere Classic title. Spieth chipped in for birdie on the 72nd hole last year en route to a playoff win. He returned to the bunker on No. 18 last month and holed out again in his first attempt to recreate the shot. Spieth will tee off in one of the most-notable groupings of the first round, joined by Steve Stricker and Stewart Cink. Although Spieth is coming off a win at the John Deere Classic, few have had as much success in the event as Stricker. He's won the event three times and his 26-under score in 2010 is the record-low for the event.

The trio will tee off at 1:45 p.m. ET, making them a likely fixture of the television broadcast. The Golf Channel will provide first-round television coverage with the broadcast running from 3 to 6 p.m. With Spieth and Stricker among the biggest names of the afternoon wave, they figure to be a focus of the coverage. The coverage will also be available online with a live simulcast stream from NBC LiveExtra.

A number of the best players in the world are either taking the week off in preparation for the British Open, or playing in the Scottish Open to get some reps on a similar golf course. That leaves lesser field for the John Deere, although there are a couple of other big names. Zach Johnson and Boo Weekley are among the recognizable names in the field. Both will tee off in the morning on Thursday. Weekley is set to go off the first tee at 8:40 a.m., playing with Kevin Na and Rory Sabbatini. Johnson will play with Ryan Moore and Russell Henley with the three scheduled to tee off No. 10 at 8:30 a.m.

Some of the field will be playing for more than the John Deere Classic this week. With the structure of the Open Qualifying System, the top unqualified finisher among the top 12 will receive a bid to The Open Championship. A player could ride a good round on Thursday all the way into an appearance at Hoylake. They will likely need to go low to do so, with scores at the John Deere traditionally finishing in the upper-teens or lower under par. Here is a full look at the coverage and tee times for Thursday. All times Eastern.

First round coverage

Television:

3 to 6 p.m. -- Golf Channel

Online streams:

3 to 6 p.m. -- Golf Channel/NBC Sports LiveExtra simulcast stream

Radio:

Noon to 6 p.m. -- PGA Tour Radio on Sirius-XM (Ch. 93/208)

Tee times:

Hole No.

Tee Time

Players

1

8:00 AM

Will MacKenzie

Tim Herron

Steve Marino

1

8:10 AM

Pat Perez

Richard H. Lee

Scott Langley

1

8:20 AM

Matt Bettencourt

David Hearn

Brice Garnett

1

8:30 AM

Steven Bowditch

Michael Thompson

Charles Howell III

1

8:40 AM

Boo Weekley

Kevin Na

Rory Sabbatini

1

8:50 AM

Derek Ernst

Tommy Gainey

J.J. Henry

1

9:00 AM

Ted Potter, Jr.

Johnson Wagner

Lucas Glover

1

9:10 AM

Bo Van Pelt

Len Mattiace

Michael Bradley

1

9:20 AM

Chad Campbell

Brian Harman

Ben Martin

1

9:30 AM

Jason Bohn

Nathan Green

Dicky Pride

1

9:40 AM

Bud Cauley

Miguel Angel Carballo

Aaron Krueger

1

9:50 AM

Brad Fritsch

Bronson La'Cassie

Bobby Wyatt

1

10:00 AM

Hudson Swafford

Peter Malnati

Jordan Niebrugge

10

8:00 AM

Cameron Beckman

Andres Romero

Josh Teater

10

8:10 AM

Ryuji Imada

Todd Hamilton

Morgan Hoffmann

10

8:20 AM

Tim Petrovic

Brendon de Jonge

Chris Stroud

10

8:30 AM

Russell Henley

Zach Johnson

Ryan Moore

10

8:40 AM

Ben Crane

John Senden

Harris English

10

8:50 AM

Ken Duke

Bryce Molder

Jonathan Byrd

10

9:00 AM

Arjun Atwal

Charlie Beljan

Robert Allenby

10

9:10 AM

Billy Mayfair

Nicholas Thompson

Billy Hurley III

10

9:20 AM

Joe Ogilvie

Roberto Castro

Kevin Kisner

10

9:30 AM

Camilo Villegas

Glen Day

Kent Jones

10

9:40 AM

Wes Roach

Kevin Tway

Armando Villarreal

10

9:50 AM

Justin Bolli

Alex Aragon

Jason Allred

10

10:00 AM

Kevin Foley

Alex Prugh

Ryan Lenahan

1

1:15 PM

Troy Matteson

Daniel Summerhays

Chad Collins

1

1:25 PM

David Duval

Charlie Wi

Andrew Svoboda

1

1:35 PM

Jerry Kelly

Luke Guthrie

Gonzalo Fdez-Castano

1

1:45 PM

Jordan Spieth

Steve Stricker

Stewart Cink

1

1:55 PM

Kevin Streelman

Chris Kirk

Davis Love III

1

2:05 PM

Kyle Stanley

David Toms

Jhonattan Vegas

1

2:15 PM

Sean O'Hair

Tim Wilkinson

Justin Hicks

1

2:25 PM

David Gossett

Lee Janzen

Danny Lee

1

2:35 PM

William McGirt

David Lingmerth

Robert Streb

1

2:45 PM

Scott McCarron

Martin Flores

Tyrone Van Aswegen

1

2:55 PM

Eric Axley

Chris Smith

Benjamin Alvarado

1

3:05 PM

Jim Herman

Edward Loar

Andrew Ruthkoski

1

3:15 PM

Marc Turnesa

Paul Stankowski

Steven Ihm

10

1:15 PM

Daniel Chopra

Ricky Barnes

Jim Renner

10

1:25 PM

D.J. Trahan

Brian Davis

Troy Kelly

10

1:35 PM

Heath Slocum

Tag Ridings

Troy Merritt

10

1:45 PM

Scott Stallings

John Huh

Tim Clark

10

1:55 PM

Sang-Moon Bae

Scott Brown

Retief Goosen

10

2:05 PM

D.A. Points

John Merrick

Mark Wilson

10

2:15 PM

Trevor Immelman

Guy Boros

Brian Stuard

10

2:25 PM

Robert Garrigus

Shawn Stefani

James Driscoll

10

2:35 PM

John Rollins

Greg Chalmers

D.H. Lee

10

2:45 PM

Paul Goydos

Kevin Chappell

John Peterson

10

2:55 PM

Will Wilcox

Scott Gardiner

Cameron Wilson

10

3:05 PM

Doug LaBelle II

Andrew Loupe

Patrick Rodgers

10

3:15 PM

Jamie Lovemark

Patrick Cantlay

Raymond Knoll

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