2016 John Deere Classic Monday qualifiers
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2016 John Deere Classic Monday qualifiers


Joey Garber, Gavin Coles, Armando Villarreal and Steven Ihm all earned spots in the 2016 John Deere Classic through the Monday qualifier at Pinnacle Country Club.

Garber was medalist in the 18-hole event in Milan, Ill., shooting 6-under 66 with seven birdies and a bogey. This marks the third time this season that 24-year-old University of Georgia All-American has gotten through Monday qualifying, finishing T-13 at the Barracuda Championship in Reno and missing the cut at the RBC Canadian Open. Garber was 108th on the money list last year on PGA Tour Canada.

Five players then finished tied for second with 5-under 67, including Coles, Villarreal, Ihm, Bryson DeChambeau and Eddie Olson. In the 5-for-3 playoff, DeChambeau and Olson were the odd men out.

The 47-year-old Coles has never won in 123 career PGA Tour starts. He's made one start this season on Tour, missing the cut at The RSM Classic.

Ihm is a product of the University of Iowa, and he'll make his third Deere start this year. He previously finished 27th in 2014 in his pro debut after missing the cut as an amateur in 2013. In his lone Web.com Tour start of the year, Ihm missed the cut at the Ellie Mae Classic in California.

The 27-year-old Villarreal is making his third-career PGA Tour start, missing the cut here in 2014 and at that year's Wyndham Championship. He is playing on PGA Tour Latinoamerica this year, making two cuts in seven starts, including a T-6 at the Lexus Panama Classic.

DeChambeau has made his allotted 12 non-member starts this season but could have earned a spot in the field through Monday qualifying that would not have counted against that dozen-event maximum. He can try to Monday qualify for next week's Wyndham Championship, the regular season finale, as well. If he is successful there, he'll basically need a solo third place finish or better to earn his PGA Tour status through non-member FedEx Cup points. He could also earn his card through finishing in the top 125 on the non-member money list. He'd need approximately $180,000 to make that happen, which would come via a tie for sixth or better.

In the worst-case scenario, DeChambeau can earn his PGA Tour card through the four-event Web.com Tour Finals, in which 25 spots are up for grabs for top money winners in the series.

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