While The Open is only one week away, several PGA Tour players will warm up for Scotland with a trip to the Quad Cities. Here’s a look at the marquee, early-round groupings for the John Deere Classic, where Bryson DeChambeau will defend a title for the first time (all times ET):

8:50 a.m. Thursday, 2 p.m. Friday: Aaron Wise, Si Woo Kim, Harold Varner III

Wise has already made a name for himself in his rookie season, having outlasted Marc Leishman to win for the first time at the AT&T Byron Nelson in May. Kim captured The Players last year and lost in a playoff this spring at the RBC Heritage, while Varner still mowed his parents’ lawn Monday morning after a T-5 finish at The Greenbrier.

9 a.m. Thursday, 2:10 p.m. Friday: Zach Johnson, Steve Stricker, Wesley Bryan

Stricker and Johnson have taken turns dominating this event for more than a decade, with Stricker winning three in a row from 2009-11 and Johnson succeeding him in 2012. They’ll both receive plenty of fan support this week in the Midwest in a group that will be rounded out by Bryan, a Tour winner last year who has finished T-8 and T-3 each of the last two years at TPC Deere Run.

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2 p.m. Thursday, 8:50 a.m. Friday: Francesco Molinari, Scott Piercy, Austin Cook

Molinari returns to action following an eight-shot romp at the Quicken Loans National for his first-ever victory in the U.S. Piercy teamed with Billy Horschel earlier this year to win the Zurich Classic team event, while Cook started his rookie season with a win at the RSM Classic in November and punched his ticket to The Open thanks to a T-5 finish last week in West Virginia.

2:10 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m. Friday: Bryson DeChambeau, Ryan Moore, Davis Love III

DeChambeau rallied for his maiden victory at this event a year ago, and has since added a playoff triumph at the Memorial earlier this year. Moore won here in 2016 during a career season that included a Ryder Cup appearance, while Love is poised to make his first PGA Tour start since withdrawing from the Wells Fargo Championship in May.

DeChambeau grouped with Moore, Love at John Deere

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