The John Deere Classic is the next stage on the PGA Tour as the TPC Deere Run, Silvis, Illinois plays host to those hoping to strike gold. With eyes turned elsewhere, the John Deere Classic has thrown up some unlikely winners in the past and is a competition ripe for plucking.
So, who'll reward us with the fruit of their labour? Read on to find our our picks this time round!
THE JOHN DEERE CLASSIC | SS1, 1:30
Favourite: DANIEL BERGER 10/1
BULLY FOR BILLY?
Daniel Berger arrives as the favourite but despite the weakened field, 10/1 seems a little short to us, given the fact that TPC Deere Run is one of the easiest courses on the tour and winning scores are usually around the 20-under mark. Make no mistake, the 20-year-old would love to get the win under his belt here before taking on the Open Championship, but wIll he be really motivated? Inclement weather could add to the general malaise and apathy, which is why we're going to punt further down the field, selecting players who may really fancy their chances here.
The first to pique our interest is a 38-year-old who we've dabBled with a couple of times this season, William McGirt. There are only six players in the field above him in the world rankings and yet he's priced at an enticing 50/1. Whilst recent results haven't been encouraging he has the nous and experience to deal with a better field than this as witnessed with his showing in The Masters. The John Deere requires a high birdie average, high strokes gained/putting and decent hole proximity - Bill ticks all three boxes and is a tasty outside for us to chew over!
Speaking of tasty outsiders, how does Wesley Bryan sound? Perhaps the 55/1 on offer will whet your appetite as it has ours! The 27-year-old from South Carolina took down the RBC Heritage earlier this year and also posted a T7. T4 and T4 at the Valspar, Honda, and Genesis respectively. A poor run since then doesn't deter as much as it should, given the quality of the field. As he showed at Hilton Head, he has the bottle to battle, which the young tyro may well have to do come Sunday and a tight leaderboard in the offering.
PAST CHAMPS IN THE FIELD
- 2016 - Ryan Moore
- 2015 - Jordan Spieth
- 2014 - Brian Harman
- 2013 - Jordan Spieth
- 2012 - Zach Johnson
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