This week’s PGA Tour heads to TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Illinois 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.
Throw out what you saw last week. This golf course will play even easier with average winning scores of 22 under, we should see plenty of birdies and a few eagles. Even with the course being easier the golf course has to be respected with thick Kentucky rough, water hazards, and plenty of bunkers.
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. So this week’s John Deere Classic offers a chance for some of golf’s young guns and veteran players to shine.
A 156-man field this week that features some of golfs young guns and veterans. The top 65 and ties will get the opportunity to play the weekend, with the winner becoming golf’s latest John Deere Classic Champion.
More information can be found on our John Deere Classic preview by CLICKING HERE
FanTeam John Deere Classic contests start on 30th June at 12.45 BST.
This week’s Main Event contest features two buy-ins, €2 and €15. The difference in the contests is of course the prize pool at stake. In the low entry, the prize pool sits at €700. A massive €4,000 is up for grabs in the high entry.
There is also a high roller contest which features a €75 buy-in with a €150 prize pool
All Prizepools are progressive.
Satellite contests are also running side by side with Main Event contests along with daily satellite contests. These contests feature a €2 buy-in with The Open Championship Monster tickets up for grabs.
Standard FanTeam golf fantasy scoring applies.
The great thing about FanTeam as a platform is I can play daily fantasy contests, and player matchups and make my sportsbook bets all in the same place.
Weather in this area of the USA can be very unpredictable, and that shows this week with hot and stormy conditions. At present, there is an AM/PM split on Thursday and Friday so it might be worth factoring into lineup construction. As always with the weather, it’s not guaranteed and is always worth monitoring.
Thursday: A nice sunny start awaits the morning wave on Thursday with perfect scoring conditions to boot. Things get a little trickier for the afternoon wave tho with wind gusts up to 16mph expected to arrive around 12-noon local time.
Friday: Those wind gusts from Thursday afternoon will die off through the night and Friday will see a wet start with likely thunderstorms. The storms should die off around noon local time, but there is a chance for wet weather for most of the day here. With stormy morning weather here tho, I will favor the later starters where conditions should improve.
Saturday: Saturday will see easy scoring conditions, with hot sunny conditions throughout the day. The wind will stay around 6mph throughout the day so at present, there’s not much to worry about for the golfers who make the weekend.
Sunday: The final round this week will be similar to Saturday with hot conditions throughout. The wind is expected to get up a little more to 8mph but at present another decent scoring day.
Obviously, things can change hour to hour with the weather so I would look again before lock tomorrow but at present the weather favors the AM/PM split for Thursday and Friday so I will be factoring that into my lineups.
John Deere Classic tee times are shown below.
STATS I’M LOOKING AT
All stats in my model are based on the last 50 rounds.
- Good Drives Gained – Good drive percentage should help me weed out the players who are not elite off the tee, but consistently put themselves in a position to hit the green in regulation. The fairways here are easy to hit so golfers that are just good off the tee and put themselves in good positions are worth a look at this week.
- Strokes gained on approach (Prox 100-150) – 27% of approach shots last year came from 100-125 yards, which is above the Tour average. A huge 24% of approach shots came from 125-150 yards, which is well above the Tour average. So With almost 50% of approach shots coming from between 100-150 yards, this is the key stat we need to be looking at this week.
- Strokes gained around the green –Last year, TPC Deere Run ranked 17th out of 40 courses in strokes gained around the green difficulty, which would make around the green play the hardest element of this course. In previous years before that tho, it ranked around tour average, so while it’s important to look at it’s not worth weighing too much on this.
- Strokes gained putting – As usual I will be weighting the ever-important putting between the 0-10ft range within my model again this week.
- Birdies Or Better – TPC Deere Run is a golf course where players will need to go very low to keep up, so birdies or better gained will be a huge stat for me this week. Last year, nine of the top-10 players in birdies or better gained also finished top-10 on the leaderboard.
TOP 25 PLAYERS IN MY MODEL
Webb Simpson, Lanto Griffin, Adam Hadwin, Mark Hubbard, Charles Howell, Christian Bezuidenhout, Maverick McNealy, Scott Stallings, Vaughn Taylor, Cameron Davis, Sahith Theegala, Austin Smotherman, Adam Svensson, Andrew Putnam, Wesley Bryan, Cameron Percy, Chad Ramey, Patton Kizzire, Doug Ghim, Martin Laird, David Lipsky, Taylor Pendrith, Adam Long, Lucas Glover, and John Huh.
Although I will be entering multi entries, this is one of my lineups for the John Deere Classic contests on FanTeam.
As you can see my selections are based on players within my player pool this week.
Webb Simpson – Some might say this is a boring core pick but I don’t care. Simpson is the best player in this field this week so I’d fully expect the ownership to come this way. Sometimes it’s good to eat the chalk and I’m happy to do that with Simpson. He is the number one player in my model this week and last week at the Travellers he was excellent gaining 6.37 strokes ball striking, and in doing so finishing tied 13th. That tied 13th was Simpson’s third top 27 finish in his last 4 events, so after an early-season slump he looks to be finally finding his feet again so is an easy option for me this week.
Lucas Glover – The Champ Champ? Well maybe. I really like Glover this week he has been excellent in approach play in recent weeks and if he could only improve his around the green game he could have finished higher than he has. He was 23rd at the PGA Championship in a much harder field than we are going to see this week and has made his last 4 cuts. He loves it here too, having won last year and coming in the top 10 in the 2 previous years before that. The recent form and course history make him an easy option for me, lets just hope he can find his chipping game.
John Huh – Another one who will be hugely popular again this week and for good reason. John Huh has 3 straight top 25 finishes including a tied 13th last week where he gained strokes across the board. He has been absolutely solid with his ball-striking in recent weeks and if that keeps up he could be a sneaky pick to win here. He also has some course history here with a tied 7th finish 3 years ago. Again with the recent form and course history, he is an easy option for me.
I will be building a large chunk of my teams this week around the 3 core plays above with a variety of others based within my player pool. As you can see above this is a very balanced build so I will be spreading the captaincy across my 3 core plays.
FanTeam John Deere Classic Contests can be found by CLICKING HERE
FANTEAM SPORTSBOOK BET
Chez Reavie To Win 51.0 – 40-Year-old Chez Reavie is playing some really good golf at present and comes here in arguably the form of his golfing career. He has 4 top-27 performances in his last 5 starts, including a tied 8th finish last week at the Travelers Championship in a much stronger field. This recent form has been due to the fact he has gained 3.7 strokes from tee to green in his last 5 starts. He also has a good history here so he is an easy choice to go to as an outright.
A £20 bet would return £1,020.00 should it land.
Cameron Davis First-round leader 61.0 – Cameron Davis most certainly has the skill set to win around TPC Deere Ranch but like Rory, I don’t trust him over 4 days. Within this field, he actually ranks 17th in strokes gained putting on bentgrass greens and is third in strokes gained on approach. He was looking strong last week early on and was actually inside the top 10 in a much stronger field. At these odds and the recent form, I think his a good shout for a first-round leader bet.
A £20 bet would return £1,220 should it land.
The Sportsbook lobby can be found by CLICKING HERE.
I hope this article has given you plenty of food for thought – especially for those of you that know very little about Golf but are playing in the John Deere Classic contests.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
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Best of luck to everyone entering – I look forward to seeing your usernames on the Leaderboard.