We came very close again with another guy at long odds but Jimmy Walker came up just short. After finishing 4th twice in three years at The Greenbrier, Jimmy put himself in position to pick up his inaugural PGA Tour victory. Unfortunately he could only manage a final round 71 in tough conditions, and Sweden’s Jonas Blixt went on to the victory. We move onto a new week though and have a great tournament and opportunity for profit this week.
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 one of the easiest 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 three players in the world Top 20 are in the field this week (Louis Oosthuizen 10th, Steve Stricker 11th, and Keegan Bradley 16th), while just 16 players in the Top 50 of the Fed Ex Cup will be playing.
We are going to get right down to it as we look to once again juice up our accounts once again before next week’s major.
STEVE’S SIX PACK SYSTEM PICKS
The six-pack will be sent to members only, but I’ve included one free pick below. If you’d like to receive all picks for this week and the rest of the year you can sign up at www.GolfBanker.com.
I highly recommend signing up this week as next week we have another Major tournament with the British Open (we are 2 for 2 picking winners in Majors so far this year).
Jordan Spieth 40 TO 1– This young gun continues to play great golf. He has Top 25 finishes in each of his past two starts ( AT&T National – 6th, and The Greenbrier Classic – T23). The Texas man is going to be a star on the PGA Tour and he is inching closer each week to a victory. I feel that heading to Illonois this week will be the perfect fit for Jordan, who should be able to fill up the hole all week with birdies. Speith’s excellent driving of the golf ball (11th on Tour for Total Driving) allows him to attack plenty of pins. This will be Jordan’s second start at the John Deere Classic (T58 – 2012) and he will look to putt better this year. He was very accurate with his tee shots (71% fairways hit) and with his approaches (74% Greens in Regulation) last season. If he duplicates those performances I really like his chances here because he has been rolling the ball very nicely with the flat stick as of late.
Enjoy the John Deere Classic everyone.