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John Deere Classic Preview

Alright let’s not beat around the bush here, the moving of tournaments has hurt the John Deere Classic. This field is probably the worst of the year from January through the FedEx Cup. Teeing it up in Silvis, IL at TPC Deere Run, this tournament is hurt from the fact that the British Open is next week, and any big name is skipping this one to play some practice rounds over the pond, or are partaking in the Scottish Open.

Purse: $6,000,000

Champion: $1,080,000

Weather

TV Schedule

  • Thursday July 11th: 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM CST on Golf Channel
  • Friday July 12th: 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM CST on Golf Channel
  • Saturday July 13th: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM CST on Golf Channel
  • Saturday July 13th: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM CST on CBS
  • Sunday July 14th: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM CST on Golf Channel
  • Sunday July 14th: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM CST on CBS

Whose Teeing Off

Viktor Hovland

Like I said in the opening, this tournament is fucking bare of any big names. If you follow golf and are reading this, you’ll probably recognize names like Joaquin Niemann, Zach Johnson, Charles Howell, Ryan Moore, Ryan Palmer, Jason Dufner or Cameron Champ. But maybe not. Maybe the biggest name, and best player here is Viktor Hovland who just turned pro a few a weeks ago and has never played here before. Honestly, there’s not much more than that and not anything worth watching this weekend.

Recent History

Zach Johnson

Even if there are not big names here, we do have many guys who play well here on a consistent basis most notable Zach Johnson. But first, here’s the list of the past five years of winners and runner-ups.

  • 2018: Michael Kim (-27)
    • Runner-Up: Sam Ryder, Bronson Burgoon, Joel Dahmen, Francesco Molinari (-19)
  • 2017: Bryson DeChambeau (-18)
    • Runner-Up: Patrick Rodgers (-17)
  • 2016: Ryan Moore (-22)
    • Runner-Up: Ben Martin (-20)
  • 2015: Jordan Spieth (-20)
    • Runner-Up: Tom Gillis (playoff)
  • 2014: Brian Harman (-22)
    • Runner-Up: Zach Johnson (-21)
  • In the past 10 years, Zach Johnson has 6 Top 10’s and one win. He’s never finished worse than T34 here since 2009.
  • Kevin Streelman has three top 10’s in the past 10 years here, but he also has two missed cuts and two finishes at T44.
  • Ryan Moore won here three years ago but then went MC in 2017, and T55 last year.
  • Johnson Wagner (never heard of him honestly), has three top 10s from 2014 to 2016, then went MC in 2017, and T16 in 2018.
  • Joaquin Niemann played here just once and that was last year, he finished T23.

The Course

TPC Deere Run is a 7,268 yard Par 71 that is very easy, as you can tell from the scores above. It is not a course that rewards driving, so Greens in Regulation, Accuracy Off the Tee, and obviously Putting are the biggest statistics to look at. This is usually a birdie fest with multiple players reaching number like -17 or -18 or even better. Really what you’re looking for here is a guy to just get hot and hit green after green after green.

It is a course that was designed by DA Weibring in 1999, and redesigned by the PGA Tour in 2007 that features 78 bunkers and 4 water hazards, which for these guys are not hazards. Very rarely are they going to be in play for them here.

Picks

One & Done: Just a fucking shot in the dark here, but Scott Brown has a good track record at TPC Deere Run, he’s only had once missed cut since 2012 that includes four finishes of T16 or better and two of them being in the top 10.

Betting Winner: Scott Brown (+6000), Charles Howell III (+2800), Daniel Berger (+3000), Ryan Palmer (+5000)

Top 10: Scott Brown (+650), Cameron Tringale (+650), Sepp Straka (+800)

Daily Fantasy:

  • Chad Campbell
  • Collin Morikawa
  • Joaquin Niemann
  • Pat Perez
  • Cameron Tringale
  • Johnson Wagner

One & Done Picks

  1. Waste Management Open: Matt Kuchar – $293,467 (T4)
  2. Pebble Beach Pro-Am: Shane Lowry – $0 (Missed Cut)
  3. Genesis Open: Hideki Matsuyama – $177,600 (T9)
  4. WGC-Mexico: Jon Rahm –$65,000 (T45)
  5. The Honda Classic: Sergio Garcia – $183,700 (T9)
  6. Arnold Palmer Invitational: Rickie Fowler – $35,000 (T40)
  7. The Players: Jason Day –$350,000 (T8)
  8. The Valspar Championship: Webb Simpson – $0 (Missed Cut)
  9. WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play: Brooks Koepka – $53,000 (T53)
  10. Valero Texas Open: Bud Cauley – $0 (Missed Cut)
  11. The Masters: Paul Casey – $0 (Missed Cut)
  12. RBC Heritage: Xander Schauffele – $15,559
  13. Zurich Classic: Patrick Reed –$0 (Missed Cut)
  14. Wells Fargo Championship: Tony Finau – $17,064 (T60)
  15. AT&T Byron Nelson: Keith Mitchell – $17,301
  16. The PGA Championship: Rory McIlroy – $264,395 (T8)
  17. Charles Schwab Challenge: Kevin Kisner – $0 (Missed Cut)
  18. The Memorial Tournament: Patrick Cantlay: $1,638,000 (WINNER)
  19. RBC Canadian Open: Henrik Stenson – $220,400 (T8)
  20. U.S. Open: Dustin Johnson –$57,853 (T35)
  21. Travelers Championship: Bryson Dechambeau – $194,400
  22. Rocket Mortgage Classic: Gary Woodland – $0 (MC)
  23. 3M Open: Joaquin Niemann – $49,105 (T23)
  24. John Deere Classic: Scott Brown –
Anna Papuga via Golf Digest
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