Expert Picks: John Deere Classic
The John Deere Classic plays host to the PGA TOUR this week, for the final regular tour event before next week’s major, The Open Championship. In the last few years the event has seen two first time PGA TOUR winners in World No.2 Jordan Spieth, who won his first PGA TOUR title here in 2013, and last year’s champion Brian Harman.
Of the 156 players total, 74 have won a PGA TOUR event, 11 have won a Major, and combined they have 237 Tour wins.
Zach Johnson has seen so much success at this tournament over the years. In 5 of his last 6 starts here, he hasn’t finished outside the top 3, which also included a win back in 2012. This year has been relatively quiet for Johnson who has only 6 top-10 finishes in 17 starts. Currently ranked No.29 in the world, Johnson is short value at 8/1 to capture his second John Deere title in 4 years.
Kevin Kisner had yet another playoff loss last week to take his season total to 3. It’s surely only a matter of time before he manages to convert his great performances into win, and why not this week? Kisner has been inside the top-15 in his last 4 starts, including a T-12th finish at the US Open. The World No.36 finished inside the top-20 here last year, and offers decent value at 18/1 for a player on the top of his game right now.
Ryan Moore is already a winner on tor this season having won the CIMB Classic in Malaysia in the fall series. Since then he has only had 2 top-10 finishes including a 5th place finish at the Valspar. At last year’s edition of the John Deere Classic, Moore finished in a very respectable T-7th. Currently ranked No.38 in the world, Moore is decent value at 25/1 to capture his second PGA TOUR title of the year.
When Jordan Spieth is in a field it’s hard to not pick him right now, he is currently the hottest golfer on the planet and will return to the event which started his rise to stardom when he won back in 2013. Spieth leads in so many statistics on tour including scoring average and putting average to name a few. With 10 top-10 finishes, including 3 wins of which two were Major Championships, it’s easy to see why he enters this week as 7/2 favourite.