John Deere Classic PGA Golf Betting Preview & Picks
The PGA Tour returns to the Midwest and its annual stop in the Quad Cities for the 2022 John Deere Classic at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Illinois.
Typically held a week before the Open Championship, this season, the JDC is being played two weeks prior, with the Scottish Open taking place next week, serving as a co-sanctioned tournament between the PGA and DP World Tour.
Lucas Glover returns to defend his title after a two-shot victory over Ryan Moore and Kevin Na last year. Glover’s 19-under par was good enough to give him his first victory in over a decade. The 2009 U.S. Open winner used a final-round seven-under to vault into the top spot.
Players will be fighting for 500 FedEx Cup points and $1.278 million of the $7.1 million purse. The JDC is also part of the Open Qualifying Series, with three spots up for grabs for those who are not exempt or haven’t qualified for the Open Championship in two weeks.
Jordan Spieth and Bryson DeChambeau are recent top players who notched their first PGA Tour victory at the JDC.
TPC Deere Run
The course was designed by three-time JDC winner D.A. Weibring in 1999 and opened for play in 2000. TPC Deere Run is a part of the Tournament Players Club and has hosted the JDC ever since its establishment. The course plays as a par-71 and stretches over 7,200 yards in distance from the back tees.
Known for its severe elevation changes and stadium course design, the property features a handful of blind shots into greens. Running along the Rock River, the course has tree-lined fairways with thick rough and Bentgrass greens.
Birdies are the name of the game at TPC Deere Run, with winning scores over the last decade hovering just over 20-under. There are a lot of opportunities out there with three par 5s, four par 3s, and eleven par 4s.
Historically one of the weaker fields of the schedule with the top players taking time off before the final major of the season. This year is no different, with the added LIV Golf Invitational Series picking some potential talent from the field.
Major champions Webb Simpson and Jason Day are expected to tee it up, joining Zach Johnson and Jason Dufner as past major winners in the field.
The JDC has provided a springboard for many of the up-and-coming PGA Tour pros, with five of the last ten winners being first-time victors on Tour. Notable players in the field include Chris Gotterup, Patrick Flavin, and Illinois-native Nick Hardy.
Adam Hadwin comes to Silvis as the betting favorite (+1600) as he tries to secure a spot at St. Andrews in just over two weeks. Simpson (+1100) is the favorite, looking to pick up his first victory since capturing the RBC Heritage in 2020.
Christiaan Bezuidenhout (+3300), Charles Howell III (+2500), and Denny McCarthy (+2500) round out the Top 5 pre-tournament favorites. Sahith Theegala, last week’s runner-up at the Traveler’s Championship, can be grabbed just outside of the favorites at +2200. Theegala could be added to the long list of first-time PGA Tour winners.
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