John Deere Classic Preview

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Updated: July 11, 2018

John Deere Classic Preview Presented by The TriState PGA.

John Deere Classic Preview and a Trip on The “Way Back Machine”

This week the PGA Tour makes its annual stop at TPC Deere Run in Silva Illinois this week.  The Course plays host to the John Deere Classic where the defending  Champion Bryson DeChambeau will defend his Championship while prepping for The Open Championship at Carnoustie.

The John Deere Classic has seen 18 First time winners in its history so a first time winner this week could be in the offing.  Especially when you consider many of the top players in the world are  in Europe preparing for The Open Championship.

The field is set and is highlighted by not only the defending Champion, but also Zach Johnson, David Lingmerth, Kelly Kraft, Davis Love III, Francesco Molinari, Ryan Palmer, Rory Sabbatini, Sam Saunders, and Brandt Snedeker.

The first Question that begs to be asked is Did Harold Varner III get a new Lawn Tractor (maybe something that runs like a Deere) after his near win last week at The Greenbrier?

This week, Bryson DeChambeau is looking to not only repeat but also to sure up his game before he heads across the pond.   But another player that is looking to build on last week is Brandt Snedeker whom had his best tournament in some time at The Greenbrier.

The Course

TPC Deere Run was designed by former PGA Champion D.A. Weibring Associates and has been the host since 2000.   It’s considered a shot makers course, measuring just short of 7300 yards.  Like The Greenbrier, the course has seen a record score of 59 and lives up to the PGA Tour’s Motto, “live under par.”

Tournament History And Interesting Facts

The Tournament started as the Quad Cities Open back in 1971. It became an official PGA Tour Stop starting 72’ and changed names several times before becoming the John Deere Classic in 1999.  Previous Sponsors included Hardees and Miller Brewing Company.

For all the non Millennials in the room, former Tonight Show Co-Host Ed McMahon was the face of the tournament from 75-79.  The tournament itself was played at the Historic Pete Dye Designed Oakwood Country Club in Coal Valley Illinois.

In 2013 Jordan Spieth Claimed his first PGA Tour Victory as a teenager, the first time since 1931 a Teenager has won on the PGA Tour.

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Predictions

Jason Havelka

My first choice is Brandt Snedeker.  His finish last week was impressive and it looks like his putter is coming to life.

Sam Saunders is a threat to win this week.  He dipped into his Grandfather’s “Golf” bag of tricks last week and used his favorite putter.  Maybe we see the same this week.

Lastly, 21-year-old Aaron Wise, whom has won this year has been close in recent weeks to putting another run together. This limited field could play a role into Wise grabbing his second PGA Tour Win.

As for Long Shots.  Steve Stricker is In the field this week and although calling Stricker a long shot Is probably not correct, the fact that he is playing limited PGA Tour events and in his 50’s makes him a long shot. As you will read below, my Partner disagrees with me completely.

Zac Weiss

Hadley fared well at Quicken Loans National and has had a good season in total. There is little to no pressure on him and his game is in a good spot right now.

Consider this pick of Dahmen the exact opposite of cheating. His game is trending upward and he has plenty to play for this week. A win is certainly a good possibility.

Stricker knows this course better than anyone and has one of the best averages on the PGA TOUR, even when splitting time between there and the PGA TOUR Champions. If anyone can win in their 50’s out here, it is “Strick”

Burgoon is the dark horse pick based upon recent results. He did well at Quicken Loans National and handled playing the final round with Tiger Woods well. Despite a rough final round in West Virginia, he still put himself in position to contend which is enough for me to believe he will again fare well this week.

The Field

Allenby, Robert
Ancer, Abraham
Appleby, Stuart
Atkins, Matt
Axley, Eric
Baddeley, Aaron
Barber, Blayne
Barnes, Ricky
Beljan, Charlie
Berganio, Jr., David
Blair, Zac
Blanks, Kris
Blaum, Ryan
Bohn, Jason +
Bozzelli, Dominic
Brown, Scott
Bryan, Wesley
Burgoon, Bronson
Byrd, Jonathan
Campbell, Chad
Cejka, Alex
Chopra, Daniel
Claxton, Will
Conners, Corey
Cook, Austin
Couch, Chris
Crane, Ben
Curran, Jon
Dahmen, Joel
Davis, Brian
de Jonge, Brendon
DeChambeau, Bryson
Díaz, Roberto
Dou, Zecheng
Duke, Ken
Duncan, Tyler
English, Harris
Everett, Broc +
Every, Matt
Fathauer, Derek
Flores, Martin
Gainey, Tommy
Garnett, Brice
Garrigus, Robert
Gay, Brian
Ghim, Doug +
Gómez, Fabián
Gooch, Talor
Gribble, Cody
Griffin, Lanto
Haas, Bill
Hadley, Chesson
Hardy, Nick +
Harkins, Brandon
Hearn, David
Henry, J.J.
Herron, Tim
Hughes, Mackenzie
Huh, John
Hurley III, Billy

Jaeger, Stephan
Johnson, Zach
Jones, Matt
Kang, Sung
Kim, Michael
Kim, Si Woo
Kim, Whee
Kirk, Chris
Kizzire, Patton
Kraft, Kelly
Lamb, Rick
Landry, Andrew
Lee, Danny
Lindheim, Nicholas
Lingmerth, David
Love, Dru +
Love III, Davis
Lovelady, Tom
MacKenzie, Will
Mahan, Hunter
Malnati, Peter
Marino, Steve
Matteson, Troy
McCarthy, Denny
McGirt, William
McLachlin, Parker
McNeill, George
Merrick, John
Merritt, Troy
Meyer, Dylan +
Mitchell, Keith
Molinari, Francesco
Moore, Ryan
Mullinax, Trey
Niemann, Joaquin
O’Hair, Sean
Oppenheim, Rob
Palmer, Ryan
Pan, C.T.
Percy, Cameron
Pettersson, Carl +
Piercy, Scott
Piller, Martin
Points, D.A.
Poston, J.T.
Power, Seamus
Pride, Dicky
Proehl, Chad #
Putnam, Andrew
Randolph, Jonathan
Reavie, Chez
Rodgers, Patrick
Rollins, John
Ryder, Sam
Sabbatini, Rory
Saunders, Sam
Schenk, Adam
Senden, John
Shindler, Conrad
Silverman, Ben

Snedeker, Brandt
Stallings, Scott
Stanley, Kyle
Stefani, Shawn
Stegmaier, Brett
Streb, Robert
Streelman, Kevin
Stricker, Steve
Stroud, Chris
Stuard, Brian
Summerhays, Daniel
Swafford, Hudson
Taylor, Nick
Taylor, Vaughn
Thompson, Kyle
Thompson, Michael
Tracy, Ethan
Trahan, D.J.
Tringale, Cameron
Tway, Kevin
Uresti, Omar
Van Aswegen, Tyrone
Varner III, Harold
Wagner, Johnson
Watney, Nick
Werenski, Richy
Wheatcroft, Steve
Wilson, Mark
Wise, Aaron
Xiong, Norman +
Yun, Andrew
Zhang, Xinjun