John Daly has accepted a sponsor's exemption to play in the John Deere Classic this July. It will be his first time playing the tournament since 2007.

Basic John Deere green is sure to clash with garish John Daly phantasmagoria come July at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill.

Daly - the hard-living, two-time major championship winner whose colorfully funky fashion is his chief on-course calling card these days - has been granted a sponsor's exemption into the 2011 John Deere Classic field.

It will be Daly's seventh Quad-Cities appearance since his epic breakthrough rookie-year victory at the 1991 PGA Championship in Indianapolis and his first since 2007.

Daly has yet to survive a midway cut in Q-C and carries a 73.3 stroke average after six Deere Run rounds.

Tournament director Clair Peterson said Daly's blue-collar appeal continues, however, 20 years down the road.

He said the 45-year-old from smalltown Arkansas also remains a pleasant and popular pro-am playing partner, and he said Daly has agreed to participate in both a Monday and Wednesday pro-am at Deere Run this summer.

"He is a crowd favorite, there's no denying that," Peterson said. "The Monday and Wednesday pro-am component, him saying yes, was a big reason we were happy to say yes."

Daly's best years on the golf course seem behind him. He notched the last of his five PGA Tour wins in 2004 and has just four top-25 finishes since 2006. In six starts this year, Daly has made a lone cut, finishing 65th at the Buick Invitational.

Peterson said he returned from recruiting trips to Tampa, Fla., Houston and Tucson, Ariz., this spring with firm promises from 2011 winners Jonathan Byrd (Hyundai Tournament of Champions), Mark Wilson (Sony Open and Waste Management Phoenix Open), D.A Points (AT&T Pebble Beach) and Gary Woodland (Transitions Championships).

But he said most players with resumés and Q-ratings to match sure-to-be-here two-time defending JDC champion Steve Stricker and Cedar Rapids-born tourney board member Zach Johnson were awaiting last week's Masters before setting their summer schedules.

"I don't have a lot of the names people are looking for yet," said Peterson, who next will recruit at a pair of Dallas-area events in mid-May. "But we will have a great field. I don't have any doubt about that."

Daly, the 1995 British Open winner, will be among a group of golfers taking advantage of the JDC's annual post-tourney charter to the British Open.

This year's jet will touch down the following Monday in Kent, England, just a 10-minute drive from Royal St. George's Golf Club, Peterson said.