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John Deere Classic a satisfying experience for Hawkeyes’ Steven Ihm

[ 0 ] July 12, 2013 |

SILVIS, Ill. – Steven Ihm’s goal is to play on the PGA Tour someday.

And the Iowan’s experience this week at the John Deere Classic has done nothing to change his plans.

“I know I can play,” said Ihm, who shot a second-round bogey-free 69 Friday and missed the cut by two shots. “Playing with those guys (Jim Herman and Doug LaBelle II), they both said, “I can’t believe you’re 21. You have a lot of poise to your game.’ That meant a lot, hearing it from them.  They’ve been out here for quite some time, and they’ve seen great players. It was nice to hear from them that they think I have game. I’m definitely going to try and play professional golf.”

Ihm, who is from Peosta and will be a senior at Iowa, played on a sponsor’s exemption. He made a late run at the cut on the back nine. Needing to birdie the final two holes, he three-putted the par-5 17th for par from 35 feet, then missed a 12-footer for birdie on the 18th. He had 30 putts in the round.

“It was a very consistent round,” Ihm said. “I couldn’t get the putts to fall. I was a little disappointed in that because I was right there all day.”

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About Rick Brown: Rick Brown covers men's basketball for The Des Moines Register and Hawk Central. He's married and the father of two. He also covers golf for the Register. View author profile.

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