John Deere to sponsor golfer Zach Johnson

2014-02-18T10:28:00Z 2014-02-18T16:40:37Z John Deere to sponsor golfer Zach JohnsonTimes online staff The Quad-City Times
February 18, 2014 10:28 am  • 

John Deere announced Tuesday it has become a corporate sponsor for professional golfer Zach Johnson, the seventh-ranked player in the Official World Golf Rankings.

Beginning with this week's World Golf Championship event in Marana, Az, the well-known John Deere trademark will be displayed on Johnson's golf bag at all events he plays during the tenure of the multi-year sponsorship deal.

Johnson has won 11 PGA Tour events including the 2007 Masters. He has also played on three Ryder Cup and three Presidents Cup teams.

Johnson from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received sponsor exemptions to play in the John Deere Classic both in 2002 and 2003 before he earned a full-time PGA Tour membership. He won the Quad-City tournament in 2012, has been runner-up twice, and has played in the tournament 12 straight years. Johnson also is a member of the tournament's executive committee.

"We admire Zach Johnson as a competitor and for the overall values he exemplifies in his life," said James Field, president of Deere's Worldwide Agriculture & Turf Division.

"We believe Zach represents the core values for which the John Deere brand is known. He has unquestioned integrity, has displayed great commitment to his profession, family and community, and is one of the highest quality players in the game today."

Field said while the sponsorship has definite business objectives of promoting the John Deere brand name, it also is important to note that a portion of the company's sponsorship goes to the Zach Johnson Foundation, which focuses on children and families in need.

"It is a privilege to represent John Deere, one of the world's most admired companies," said Johnson. "It is a significant responsibility to be entrusted with representing a company known around the world for its strong values. I am sincerely looking forward to it."

Copyright 2015 The Quad-City Times. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

(4) Comments

  1. senor citizen
    Report Abuse
    senor citizen - February 18, 2014 2:50 pm
    It's Deere's money, they can do as they see fit. It's not your money, don't buy their product if you don't like the way they do business.
  2. TruthOnlyBeTold
    Report Abuse
    TruthOnlyBeTold - February 18, 2014 1:38 pm
    The article states..."Field said while the sponsorship has definite business objectives of promoting the John Deere brand name, it also is important to note that a portion of the company's sponsorship goes to the Zach Johnson Foundation, which focuses on children and families in need."

    A sponsorship like this is just another form of advertising. Do you expect them to stop advertising? Would that help those laid off workers if they did? And, as it says above, part of the money goes to help people in need, which is a good thing....right?
  3. capedcrusader
    Report Abuse
    capedcrusader - February 18, 2014 1:18 pm
    Johnson is getting paid by Deere from the 100-200 people that were just laid off .
  4. Velohog
    Report Abuse
    Velohog - February 18, 2014 12:03 pm
    Good choice by Deere. Zach proves you can succeed without giving away your integrity.
Add Comment
You must Login to comment.

Click here to get an account it's free and quick

Latest scores and more from all sports

MLB:  News | Scoreboard NFL:  News | Scoreboard NBA:  News | Scoreboard
NHL:  News | Scoreboard NCAA FB:  News | Scoreboard NCAA BK:  News | Scoreboard
Golf:  News | Leaderboard Auto Racing:  News | Results Tennis:  News | Scoreboard
Other: MLS  |  Womens NCAA BK  |  WNBA  |  CFL  |  Minor League Baseball  |  NFL Draft  |  NBA Draft