I would like to welcome everyone to the John Deere Classic being played in sunny Silvis, Illinois. The Tour professionals will be playing TPC Deere Run this week, providing the players with an opportune test before the British Open next week. TPC Deere Run will give the players an opportunity to work on their short games, as it is only 7258 yards in length. The course plays as a par 72 and has a course record of 59 and it was shot in 2010 by Paul Goydos.
The course ranked as the 40th most difficult course out of the 51 played last year on the PGA Tour, so scoring will be excellent this week. Much of that scoring will come on the easy Par 5 2nd. Let’s look a little closer to a hole that should provide quite a few eagles this week.
The Par 5 2nd Hole is a 561 yard downhill gem of a hole. This would most likely be played as a Par 4 if this were a major tournament, but for this week, they will let the players put up some red figures. To make a low number on it you will have to be accurate on your 2nd shot as a water hazard guards the green to the left, while trees and bunkers are to the right.
The field is comprised of almost only Americans and Australians this week, while most Europeans are taking the week off or playing in Europe. Only two players in the world Top 20 are in the field this week (Steve Stricker, Zach Johnson), while just 4 players in the Top 20 of the Fed Ex Cup will be playing.
We are going to get right down to it as we look to turn things around and juice up our accounts once again before next week’s major.
The Picks for the John Deere Classic:
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Below I will give away one sneak peak pick that has been sent to members.
Kevin Chappell 100 TO 1 – We went with Chappell a few weeks ago and are right back with him this week. He finished T10 at the United States Open and last week managed a T17. I like that his game is becoming consistent, something young players strive for. Look for Chappell to take advantage of the Par 5’s this week as he averages a birdie on almost every other one he plays (24th on Tour). He has a sneaky long ball flight that really gives him an advantage when he hits the fairways. Chappell is also extremely accurate when you put a wedge in his hand, and with a short course this should happen a lot.