OAD: 2019 John Deere Classic

Michael Kim went wild last year winning by eight while setting the tournament record of 27-under.

The Landlord is Zach Johnson but he’s not the automatic choice he once was in his “fifth major”.

One and Done

Each week I’ll throw in my thoughts on the field and those to back and avoid in this wonderful format.

This Year:

Event Golfer Place $$
Safeway Open Brendan Steele T53 14,610
CIMB Classic Ryan Moore T66 12,740
CJ CUP @ 9 BRIDGES Gary Woodland 2nd 1,026,000
WGC-HSBC Champions Ian Poulter 21st 93,500
Sanderson Farms Cameron Davis MC 0
Shriners Aaron Wise T15 101,675
Mayakoba Golf Classic Charles Howell III MC 0
The RSM Classic J.J. Spaun MC 0
Sentry TOC Jon Rahm T8 191,000
Sony Open Marc Leishman T3 307,200
60th Desert Classic Andrew Putnam T34 29,975
Farmers Insurance Patrick Cantlay MC 0
WMPO Hideki Matsuyama T15 113,600
AT&T Pebble Beach Jason Day T4 334,400
Genesis Open Justin Thomas 2nd 799,200
WGC-Mexico Champ Xander Schauffele T14 128,000
Puerto Rico Open Graeme McDowell T42 10,500
The Honda Classic Adam Scott MC 0
Arnold Palmer Invitational Rickie Fowler T40 35,490
THE PLAYERS Championship Sergio Garcia T22 125,000
Valspar Championship Patrick Reed MC 0
Corales Punta Cana Trey Mullinax T61 6,450
WGC-Match Play Paul Casey T9 167,000
Valero Texas Open Billy Horschel MC 0
Masters Rory McIlroy T21 107,956
RBC Heritage Matt Kuchar 2nd 745,200
Zurich Classic Ryan Palmer WIN 1,051,200
Wells Fargo Championship Phil Mickelson MC 0
AT&T Byron Nelson Keith Mitchell T59 17,301
PGA Championship Brooks Koepka WIN 1,980,000
Charles Schwab Challenge Jordan Spieth T8 197,100
Memorial Tony Finau MC 0
RBC Canadian Open Jim Furyk T27 55,100
U.S. Open Tiger Woods T21 117,598
Travelers Championship Bubba Watson T54 16,560
Rocket Mortgage Classic Sungjae Im T21 68,528
3M Open Bryson DeChambeau T2 563,200
Total Events: 37 Top 10s: 10 MC: 9 $8,416,083

Last Week – 3M Open

20-year old Matthew Wolff also made eagle on the final hole, knocking my choice to T2 and no chance to win in a playoff.


My Choice: Bryson DeChambeau

Leading by two after posting 14-under thru 36 holes, DeChambeau trailed by one heading into Sunday. He staked his final iron to six feet, made the eagle putt and posted 20-under 264. It wasn’t good enough for a playoff. That’s fantasy golf sometimes. I went with the big boy, he does his job and it’s not good enough. Similar to my season in this format sadly!

Undaunted, we move on.

Let’s see how the other picks went. Sadly with no Wolff, I’m not patting myself on the back this week.

Frequent Flyers

Jason Day – T66

Adds to the general suggestion that when dominant putters don’t have an advantage, ball-strikers might be the way to go.

Patrick Reed – T23

What did four rounds in the 60s get you last week? T23 it appears if more than one was over 67!

Hideki Matsuyama – T7

Adds to the general suggestion that when dominant putters don’t have an advantage, ball-strikers might be the way to go. He’s played great as of late but it’s hard to imagine he’s available on many boards this time of year.


Picks that should click but have more element of risk due to recent form, etc.

Joaquin Niemann – T23

His 63-65 middle two rounds couldn’t push out 73 to open and 70 to close.

Rory Sabbatini – MC

Life is just a party and parties aren’t meant to last. His streak of excellent play ends.

Viktor Hovland – T13

Another monster Sunday, 65 after his 64 in Detroit, salvaged a few bucks for gamers.

Picks for Dreamers:

Doc Redman – MC

Hardly a surprise as the reality of TOUR life probably outweighed the preparation.

Wyndham Clark – T5

Led for 10 minutes on Sunday at 18-under but this was new territory for him. Held it together as best he could to cash his best-ever payday.

Tony Finau – T23

Hard to say this was a good idea on any level. A player of his ilk shouldn’t be celebrating this result. I guess it’s better than four consecutive MC though.

Picks for Noses:

Brooks Koepka – 65th

Yep. It is what it is for now. One-way traffic in the majors.

Six Beers In: 

Sepp Straka – MC, Fran Tarkenton (HOF), Prince (RIP), Collin Morikawa – T2


This Week – John Deere Classic

More bent.

More Midwest.

Finally some course history!

Will any of it mater with the likes of Wolff, Morikawa, Clark, Niemann and Hovland around?


The record for FIRST-TIMERS IN THE EVENT is not good here.

Sean O’Hair is the last maiden to win and that was 2005.

Please read my preview for more details.

My Choice: Collin Morikawa

Posting 20-under and losing from the final group usually stings (see DeChambeau above) but not when you’re 22 and playing in your fifth TOUR event. He’s since accepted STM so he has nothing to worry about the rest of the regular season besides WINNING and getting into the FedExCup Playoffs.

Dots connected.

Frequent Flyers

Matt Wolff: I’ll suggest, for some humans, winning on TOUR is a massive deal. He’s not normal so I’m not treating him as such.

Brian Harman: Playing his best golf of 2019 as he returns to the site of his first win in 2014 and T10 last year.

Joaquin Niemann: Tick tick tick tick tick. He’s played some of his best golf in the Midwest this summer and last. This will be his second time in the event and he closed with 65 last year for T23.


Picks that should click but have more element of risk due to recent form, etc.

Sungjae Im: Still hasn’t closed the deal in spite of all the rounds in the 60s and top-10 paydays. Completely doable but also a first-timer here.

Wyndham Clark: His final nine holes were interesting last week but he held on for T5. Keeping the ball-striking going for the fourth week running will show me something.

Mackenzie Hughes: Just keeps chugging along making cuts but nothing that has suggested BREAK OUT. A comfortable T16 last year included 65-68-65 final three rounds.

Picks for Dreamers:

Zach Johnson: Don’t have to worry about using him anywhere else. Nothing outside the top 5 would make it worth it. His last top 10 was in 2018.

Daniel Berger: Went close his first time in 2017 as he played from the final group (T5) and picked up his best finish of 2019 last week (T15). Right, dream on.

Picks for Noses:

Michael Kim: Simply hasn’t played well.

Ryan Moore: Fits in the above column as well. Save him for Sedgefield, if necessary at all.

Six Beers In: 

Denny McCarthy, Scott Langley, Vaughn Taylor, Kirk Ferentz


History Channeled:

2017-18 Thermometer: FINAL

Event Golfer Place $$
Safeway Open Tony Finau 2nd 669,600
CIMB Classic Paul Casey T7 218,166
CJ CUP @ 9 BRIDGES Keegan Bradley T47 23,759
WGC-HSBC Champions Hideki Matsuyama T50 51,875
Sanderson Farms Chesson Hadley T2 464,400
Shriners Patrick Cantlay WIN 1,224,000
OHL Classic Kevin Chappell MC 0
The RSM Classic Charles Howell III MC 0
Sentry TOC Kevin Kisner T17 99,333
Sony Open Brian Harman T4 256,266
CareerBuilder Challenge Jason Dufner T36 27,189
Farmers Insurance Jon Rahm T29 43,872
WMPO Alex Noren T21 80,040
-AT&T Pebble Beach Phil Mickelson T2 488,400
Genesis Open Dustin Johnson T16 111,600
Honda Classic Graeme McDowell MC 0
WGC-Mexico Tommy Fleetwood T14 126,500
Valspar Championship Ryan Moore MC 0
Arnold Palmer Tyrell Hatton T69 18,067
WGC-Match Play Patrick Reed T9 163,000
Corales Puntacana Patrick Rodgers T22 27,850
Houston Open Luke List T24 54,162
Masters Jordan Spieth 3rd 748,000
RBC Heritage Cameron Smith T32 35,510
Valero Texas Open Billy Horschel T11 136,400
Zurich Classic Bud Cauley MC 0
Wells Fargo Championship Bryson DeChambeau 4th 369,600


THE PLAYERS Francesco Molinari MC 0
Ft. Worth Invitational Adam Scott T52 16,472
AT&T Byron Nelson Jimmy Walker T6 257,950
Memorial Tiger Woods T23 76,985
FESJC Henrik Stenson T26 50,820
US Open Justin Rose T10 270,151
FESJC Xander Schauffele MC 0
Quicken Loans National Kyle Stanley T32 36,841
A Military Tribute Bubba Watson T13 121,632
John Deere Classic Zach Johnson T16 81,366
British Open Rory McIlroy T2 694,250
RBC Canadian Open Charley Hoffman T29 37,743
Barracuda Martin Laird T15 51,000
WGC-Bridgestone Invite Rickie Fowler T17 104,250
PGA Championship Brooks Koepka WIN 1,980,000
Wyndham Brandt Snedeker WIN 1,080,000
THE NORTHERN TRUST Jason Day T20 101,160
Dell Technologies Marc Leishman T21 100,800
BMW Championship Gary Woodland T12 189,000
TOUR Championship Justin Thomas T7 279,900
Total Events: 47


Top 10s: 15 MC: 7 $10,967,909


2015-16 Season total: $5,978,929; 47 events

  • Wins: 2 (Matsuyama, Hoffman)
  • Seconds: 0
  • Thirds: 1
  • Top 10s: 9
  • Top 25s: 18
  • MC: 8 (Mickelson, FIO; Oosthuizen, SHO; Chappell, Colonial; Casey, Memorial; Woodland, FESJC; Hearn, RBC Canadian; McGirt, Wyndham; Justin Thomas, DBC)

2016-17 Season total: $6,533,509 45 events

  • Wins: 1
  • Seconds: 1
  • Thirds: 1
  • Top 10s: 12
  • Top 25s: 20
  • MCs (10): Grayson Murray (Safeway Open); Patton Kizzire (SFC); Jamie Lovemark (CB Challenge); Jimmy Walker (FIO); Charl Schwartzel (Genesis); Russell Knox (Honda); Henrik Stenson (API); Thomas Pieters (Zurich); Kevin Kisner (WFC).

Thanks for reading!





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