Preview: 50th John Deere Classic

Not very many bombers on the list of winners here (pre Bryson Bryson).

Nothing wrong with hitting tons of GIR and holing putts this week.

John Deere Classic

TPC Deere Run

Silvis, Illinois

Yards (per official scorecard):7,268
Par:71 (35-36)
Greens:L93 Bentgrass; 5,500 square feet.
Stimpmeter:12 feet.
Rough:Bluegrass and fescue at four inches.
Bunkers/Water Hazards78/3; Water in play on three holes.
Architects:DA Weibring (1999).
Purse:$6.2 million and $1.116 million (winner); 500 FedExCup points.
Defending Champion (event):2019 Dylan Frittelli (-21).
Fact of the Week:No event last year.
Fact of the Week II:Paul Goydos opened with 59 here in 2010 and did not win the tournament.


  • 156 players; Top 65 make the cut.
  • Non-exempt player inside the top 5 will be the last man into the field at The Open Championship.
  • TPC Deere Run has hosted since 2000.

2020-21 Winners

** – first time winner on TOUR

Safeway OpenStewart Cink
120th United States OpenBryson DeChambeau
Corales Punta Cana ChampionshipHudson Swafford
Sanderson Farms ChampionshipSergio Garcia
Shriners Hospitals for ChildrenMartin Laird (playoff)
Bermuda ChampionshipBrian Gay
Vivint Houston OpenCarlos Oritz**
84th Masters TournamentDustin Johnson
The RSM ClassicRobert Streb
Mayakoba Golf ClassicViktor Hovland**
Sentry TOCHarris English
Sony Open in HawaiiKevin Na
The American ExpressSi Woo Kim
Farmers Insurance OpenPatrick Reed
Waste Management Phoenix OpenBrooks Koepka
AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-AmDaniel Berger
The Genesis InvitationalMax Homa
WGC – Championship at The ConcessionCollin Morikawa
Arnold Palmer InvitationalBryson DeChambeau (2)
THE PLAYERS ChampionshipJustin Thomas
The Honda ClassicMatt Jones
WGC- Match PlayBilly Horschel
Corales PuntacanaJoel Dahmen**
Valero Texas OpenJordan Spieth
85th Masters TournamentHideki Matsuyama
RBC HeritageStewart Cink (2)
Zurich Classic of New OrleansCameron Smith/Marc Leishman
Valspar ChampionshipSam Burns**
Wells Fargo ChampionshipRory McIlroy
AT&T Byron NelsonKH Lee**
103rd PGA ChampionshipPhil Mickelson
Charles Schwab ChallengeJason Kokrak (2)
Memorial TournamentPatrick Cantlay (2)
Palmetto Championship (Congaree)Garrick Higgo**
121st US OpenJon Rahm
Travelers ChampionshipHarris English (2)
Rocket Mortgage ChampionshipCam Davis**

Check out HORSES FOR COURSES for more details on those who play well here.

Event Winners:

2019Dylan Frittelli, -21Closed 65-64 bogey free to win for the first time on TOUR.
2018Michael Kim, -27Set the tournament scoring record and margin of victory; first TOUR win.
2017Bryson DeChambeau, -18Made up a four shot deficit in the final round to win for the first time on TOUR.
2016Ryan Moore, -22Only squared two bogeys and won by two.
2015Jordan Spieth, -20Won for the second time and second time in a playoff.
2014Brian Harman, -22Defeated Zach Johnson for his first TOUR victory.
2013Jordan Spieth, -19Defeated Zach Johnson and David Hearn in a playoff for his first TOUR victory.
2012Zach Johnson, -20Playoff winner over Troy Matteson.

Facts and Figures:

Tournament Record:257 (-27); Michael Kim, 2018.
Course Record:59; Paul Goydos, Round 1, 2010.
Recent Defending Champion(s):Steve Stricker, 2009, 2010 and 2011.
Multiple Winners (event)Stricker.
Oldest  Winner:Kenny Perry, 48.
Youngest Winner:Jordan Spieth, 19.
First Time TOUR:See chart above for recent examples. 10 of the last 20.
Odd Fact:Stricker is the last player on TOUR to win an event three consecutive years.

Quick Thoughts on TPC Deere Run

If you’re not in the fairway, you’re not making birdie as the rough is lush and four inches. The fairways are generous so there’s a bit of penalty for missing.

Greens are superb. Putts will drop. Hit green, make putt, circle birdie.

Par-3 holes need to be handled this week.

Par-5 holes are three of the easiest four on the card.

Rounds in the 60s need only apply.

Rounds of 60 probably won’t be out of the question but there hasn’t been anything lower than 61 recently.

Be patient, probably never out of it this week unless you post a round of 71 or worse.

Let’s recap last week first:

Last Week – Rocket Mortgage Championship

Quickie this week as I’m on vacation:

Use them where you like:

Hideki Matsuyama – WD, COVID-19, yikes.

Maverick McNealy – T21 as his steady play continues.

Sepp Straka – MC. Damp fart.


Beau Hossler – Backed up his season best at Travelers with T25.

Mark Hubbard – MC as his streak of 4 straight ended

Brian Stuard – MC as the home game didn’t develop.

Cameron Champ – Went with course form to knock him out of a funk, nope, MC.

Hank Lebioda – T4 had two putts to post 18-under and join the 3-man playoff but couldn’t get either one near the hole. Brutal 3 putt par on 17 and left the one on 18 short.

JJ Spaun – T32, like McNealy, had a round in the 70s, can’t do that here.

This Week – John Deere Classic

Daniel Berger (+1100): Class of the field and half of his eight rounds are 67 or better. I’d expect a top 10 but I’m not chasing.

Brian Harman (+1400): The value is out the window this week so you’re going to pay for top 10 or top 20. Harman’s playing well enough to write those checks.

Sungjae Im (+2000): We joke that it’s Zach Johnson’s major this week, well since Im is NOT going to The Open Championship, it might be his as well. The South Korean Olympic golfers are OUT OUT OUT next week so focus will be at the task at hand. Win ticket please plus top 10 and top 20.

Russell Henley (+2000): Last time he arrived on 4 straight MC before opening with 64 and closing with 10 birdies for 61. This time he’s playing decently (T19, T13) upon arrival.

Kevin Streelman (+2500): Just write the top 20 ticket and see you Sunday at the window.

Alex Noren (+2800): Heated up this time last year in the Midwest. Hasn’t won on TOUR either…but is 38. So close. Top 20.

Cam Davis (+3000): Had him in here last week for you! Back to back after his first TOUR win? If he putts like he did in the playoff last week, he’ll have no chance. If he hits every fairway and green, he just might. I’ll sit back and enjoy the ride.

Longer Shots

Zach Johnson/Steve Stricker: I mean, you gotta throw a nibble on each, right? You know, just in case…

Doc Redman: Fits the USGA angle, first time winner and 20-something.

Patton Kizzire: Closed with 64 last week.

Hank Lebioda: Not leaving him after T4, T5 the last two weeks.

Keith Mitchell: Made 24 birds on debut here for T7 in his only appearance.

Beau Hossler: Again, riding the wave.

Maverick McNealy: At least a top 20.

Funny Money

Adam Schenk

Andres Romero

Sam Ryder

Patrick Rodgers

Roger Sloan

Andrew Landry

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out through Twitter or email me


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