John Deere ClassicTees Off: Thursday, July 11
TPC Deere Run Ė Silvis, IL
Odds to Win Tournament(For the latest Odds, connect to Sportsbook.ag)
|Brendon de Jonge||30-to-1|
|Charles Howell III||50-to-1|
|FIELD (Any other golfer)||9-to-4|
One of the final tune-ups before the British Open in two weeks, Deere Run has hosted an annual shootout; the winning score has been 20-under-par or better each of the past four years. Zach Johnson ended Steve Strickerís bid for a four-peat last year, beating Troy Matteson in a playoff. With Stricker headlining the field again this year, hereís a look at the Best BetsÖ
Steve Stricker (6/1): Stricker has dominated Deere Run like no other golfer, three-peating from 2009-11. He was right in the thick of things last year, entering Sunday in second place and getting as close as one stroke from the lead with seven to play before falling to a T5 finish. The semi-retired Stricker hasnít played since the U.S. Open a month ago, where he finished T8, one of four top-10 finishes in seven starts.
Charley Hoffman (30/1): Hoffman contended here in 2011 (T7) and 2009 (T15), and enters this week as one of the more accomplished names in a weak field. Heís made seven straight cuts, a stretch that has included top-10's at the Byron Nelson and Travelers. Heís sixth on the Tour in top-10's (six) and seventh in park breakers (22.94%).
Zach Johnson (12/1): The defending champion was often in Strickerís shadow at Deere Run until last year. Johnson went T2 in 2009 and T3 in 2011 before finally getting a win here last year. He fired a final-round 65 to force a playoff with Troy Matteson. Johnsonís 2013 hasnít been a good one, but his lone top-10, a solo third at Colonial, came a little more than a month ago.
Ryan Moore (25/1): Moore has been tough to figure out of late. In his past six starts, he has three missed cuts, but also three top-13 finishes, including a T7 in his last start, at the Travelers two weeks ago. After a two-year hiatus from the John Deere Classic, he posted a T8 here last year.
John Senden (30/1): Itís been a wildly inconsistent year for Senden, whoís already missed six cuts. But he finished a season-best T15 at the U.S. Open four weeks ago, and his track record at Deere Run is strong. Along with being the site of his only career win (in 2006), Senden finished fourth here a year ago.