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Davis Thompson Wins 2024 John Deere Classic in Record-Breaking Fashion

Davis Thompson Wins 2024 John Deere Classic in Record-Breaking Fashion

Read more: Big Payday Up For Grabs at 2024 John Deere Classic


Silvis, Illinois - Davis Thompson dominated the final round of the 2024 John Deere Classic on Sunday to claim his first PGA Tour victory in record-breaking style. The 25-year-old American fired a flawless final round of 62-64 to finish 28-under for the tournament to break the previous tournament scoring record.


Thompson's 28-under total surpassed the previous record of 27 under held by Michael Kim since 2018. He led wire-to-wire over the final day, opening with birdies on five of his first six holes to extend his lead to as many as six shots. Thompson would make only one bogey during his entire week.



"I've been working hard this year," said Thompson after his victory. "It was OK for a while, but then I kind of got going this past month, played well last week and just tried to keep it rolling this week and was able to get the win."


"Qualifying for The Open was just an added incentive in this," Thompson said. "The goal was to win the golf tournament after getting here this week. I got off to a great start and was able to finish it off."


Chasing Thompson all day were Michael Thorbjornsen and Luke Clanton, the amateur who tied for second place at 24 under alongside C.T. Pan. Thorbjornsen briefly cut the lead to three shots with a run of six straight birdies, but was unable to overhaul Thompson in the end.



Clanton's T2 finish made him the first amateur since 1958 to register back-to-back top-10s on Tour. 



Denny McCarthy rounded out the top 5 alone at 21 under after firing a closing 64.


Notable performances among the world's top players included Sungjae Im and Jordan Spieth, who finished T12 and T26 respectively. Spieth charged up the leaderboard on Saturday with a career-low-equaling 63 but couldn't maintain momentum on Sunday.



Davis Thompson took home a winner's share of $1,440,000 for his record-breaking victory. It represents the biggest payday of his career by far.


Finishing in second place, Michael Thorbjornsen, Luke Clanton and C.T. Pan each earned $$872,000


The pay scale at the John Deere Classic is one of the most generous on Tour considering its mid-tier tournament status. For Davis Thompson, the $1.44 million first prize is hugely significant. 



With the big payday, Thompson will have no worries in terms of Tour status or playing privileges for the foreseeable future as he looks to build on his breakthrough win.



With the victory, Thompson has guaranteed playing privileges on Tour for the next two seasons as well as invitations to The Open and Masters in 2025. He vaults inside the top 25 of the FedEx Cup standings as he sets his sights on the playoffs and a potential spot at East Lake. It was an historic week that Thompson and the tournament won't soon forget.










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