The PGA Tour heads to TPC Deere Run this week for the John Deere Classic.
The John Deere Classic is a regular stop on the PGA tour having been first played in 1974 and has been held annually since then.
This tournament is normally played the week before golf’s 4th and final major the Open Championship, but due to the PGA sponsoring the Scottish Open next week the tournament has been bought forward a week.
This event offers the winner one of the last chances to qualify for the Open Championship if they are not qualified already! So an exciting week of golfing action awaits us yet again.
Like last week at the Travelers Championship the field, this week will consist of 156 players with the top 65 and ties making the cut.
With golf’s 4th and final major approaching, many of golf’s big-name stars have headed across the pond to prepare for the Open championship. This event is also going up against the LIV Golf event so the field is a little weaker than normal.
Lucas Glover returns to defend his title at the John Deere Classic, after coming through the field last year with a final round of 64 that see the American win by 2 clear shots over Ryan Moore at 19 under par.
World number 25 Daniel Berger is in the field and he is the clear favorite to win. The American has had an up and down season this year with 3 missed cuts but he has also notched up 6 top 25 performances, so he will be well respected.
The other highlights include 2 former major winners in Webb Simpson and Jason Day. Simpson started the season slow by his usual high standards but seems to have fount his game in recent weeks. Day has also found some mid-season form and looked good for a win a few starts ago at the Wells Fargo but for a 3rd round mini-collapse.
Past winners in the field include Dylan Frittelli, Ryan Moore, Zach Johnson, and Steve Stricker who went on a 3-year stretch retaining this title between 2009-2011.
A chance for some of golf’s lesser names to shine and a chance for one of them to qualify for the Open championship if they have not already. This lines up for an exciting week of golfing action as we build for golf’s final major in 2 weeks.
2021: Lucas Glover
2020: Cancelled (COVID 19)
2019: Dylan Frittelli
2018: Michael Kim
2017: Bryson DeChambeau
2016: Ryan Moore
2015: Jordan Spieth
2014: Brian Harman
2013: Jordan Spieth
TPC Deere Run
Fairways: Southshore Bentgrass
TPC Deere run is located in Silvis, Illinois, along the Rock River. It was designed by D.A. Weilbring originally as a stadium course.
The course record is 59, which was shot by Paul Goydos in the first round of the 2010 championship. This indicates the type of low scoring to expect this week.
The hardest holes on this golf course are holes 9 and 18 which add for a dramatic finish. Hole 9 is a massive par 4 at 503 yards, that gave up around 24.9% of bogeys in 2021. Hole 18 again is a par 4 set at 476 yards long. It’s a dogleg hole that features a green guarded by water. This hole gave up 21.2% of bogeys in 2021 so whoever becomes champion on Sunday would have earned it on this hole.
Overall TPC Deere run features elevation changes that add to its beauty. The wide-open fairways give the golfers the green light to fire, without many consciousnesses. The course also features the usual array of bunkers and water hazards but overall it’s an easy course to navigate.
Strokes Gained Approach
This is relatively a short golf course that features extremely wide fairways, so I won’t be featuring too much off the tee stats this week. Instead, I’m back to the tried and tested strokes gained on approach. This is because it’s the most historically predictive stat around this place. With scoring being low this week it will be important to stick it in close with second or third shots, so this will be the most weighted stat within my model this week.
Birdie Or Better Gained
As mentioned scoring will be low this week so looking at who is gaining the most birdies per round is well worth looking into. 12 of the 18 holes on this golf course played under par in 2021 and with winning scores around here at the 20 under mark this will be an important stat to look at.
Strokes Gained Putting – Bentgrass
The golfers in 2021 hit greens in regulation at the highest percentage seen on the PGA Tour that year. The winner this week will likely be determined by who can catch the hottest putter so looking at historically good putters is well worth weighting into models.
This week’s forecast calls for hot humid conditions throughout. At present, the wind is expected to be at its strongest on Thursday with gusts up to 17mph. This will ease off over the final 3 days with average wind gusts at 8mph. There is a chance for some thunderstorms on Friday so be sure to check out my final thoughts article on Wednesday for further weather updates and to see if there’s a weather advantage for your lineups.
The PGA Tour rolls on and to TPC Deere Run for the John Deere Classic. This week’s main contest has a €12 buy-in with a €4,000 progressive prize pool.
€12 entry – John Deere Classic Main Event – €4,000 Progressive – 30th June – 3rd July
€2 entry – John Deere Classic Mini Main Event – €800 Progressive – 30th June – 3rd July
€75 entry – John Deere Classic High Roller Main Event – €150 Progressive – 30th June – 3rd July
€2 entry – John Deere Classic Main Event – Satellite to the Open Monster (20 Seats) – 30th June – 3rd July
€2 entry – John Deere Classic Round 2 – Satellite to the Open Monster (8 Seats)– 1st July
€2 entry –John Deere Classic Round 3 – Satellite to the Open Monster (8 Seats) – 2nd July
€2 entry – John Deere Classic Round 4 –Satellite to the Open Monster (8 Seats)– 3rd July
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