GolfMonger Preview: John Deere Classic

The John Deere Classic at TPC Deer Run is the last stop before The Open Championship.  In its traditional spot the John Deere brings plenty of excitement to the table.  It is the last chance to get into the field at The Open Championship at St. Andrews.

The top finisher in the Top 5 finishers not already qualified for St. Andrews will get a ticket to The Open.  It makes for very exciting and aggressive golf over the next four days, as guys give it their all to grab one last spot.  So win and your in!

There are a lot of folks giving Jordan Spieth a hard time and questioning his decision to play this week at TPC Deer Run.  Why?  The kid has won the Masters and the US Open, who are we to question his preparation methods?  Seriously?  Let him play in whatever event he wants to.  He won the John Deere two years ago to get into his first Open Championship.  He obviously feels an attraction to the venue and feels it is the best way to get ready for St. Andrews.


GolfMonger Picks:

1.  Jordan Spieth – How do we not pick him?  At this point if he is in the field we are picking him.  Enough said.

2. Kevin Kisner – Can this man please win a golf tournament already???  It is slow and painful torture watching him get into playoffs (3) and come up short.  Yep you heard correctly.  He lost playoffs at the RBC Heritage, The PLAYERS and last week at the Greenbriar Classic.  Three playoffs in three months and three P2s.  Currently 11th in FedEx Cup Standings and enjoying the best season of his career by far, this man needs a win!!!

3. Tony Finau – He moves from Wild Card last week to Top 3 this week.  We see nothing in his game that makes us think that he is not going to win and win soon.  Currently on the “not invited” list at St. Andrews, Finau will be gunning for that last spot.  We think he has a real shot of getting in.

Wild Card Pick:

A total craps shoot this week.  Seriously.  With the winning score sure to be somewhere around (-20) we open the door wide to find a Wild Card.  Jerry Kelly is our pick.  We thought about going to a young, up-and-comer here but decided to go with a local veteran.  Kelly is from Wisconsin and the crowds love him at TPC Deer Run.  Top 5 finishes the last two years here and 2015 has been a solid year for the 48 year old.



Author: Brian Stefan

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