The 50th John Deere Classic, originally known as the Quad Cities Open, takes place this week, just prior to the Open Championship, the sixth and final major championship to be played in the Super Season, in which the U.S. Open and Masters Tournaments were played twice due to delays resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic. Both the John Deere and the Open Championship were canceled last year and have resumed their traditional spots on the PGA Tour schedule.
The John Deere Classic is played at the TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Illinois, and was designed by former PGA Tour player and Illinois native D.A. Weibring. It’s a par 71 and plays to 7,268 yards, with a history of yielding low scores, once giving up the Tour’s fourth 59 on the same day in 2010 that Steve Stricker shot 60 on his way to his second of three consecutive John Deere Classic victories.
Left hander Brian Harman has been playing well lately and arrives as one of the favorites at +1400 odds to win.
With the tournament positioned the week prior to the Open Championship, the John Deere doesn’t generally attract a star-studded field, and this year’s edition is no exception. None of the top ten players in the Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR) or the top twenty in the FedEx Cup point standings are playing at TPC Deere Run.
However, in addition to 500 FedEx Cup points, a two-year exemption on the PGA Tour, and an invitation to the Masters Tournament, all but 15 players are competing for the last spot in next week’s Open Championship. One player not already qualified for the tournament can punch their ticket with a top-five finish in the John Deere.
The tournament record is held by Michael Kim, who shot 27 under par 257 in his 2018 John Deere Classic win. The defending champion is 2019 winner Dylan Frittelli who won by two shots over Russell Henley in 2019, the last time the tournament was contested, and both players are in the field this year.
Last Week at the Rocket Mortgage Classic
It took Cam Davis five playoff holes to finally subdue Troy Merritt in the Rocket Mortgage Classic after Joaquin Niemann was eliminated on the first extra hole. It was the 26-year-old Australian’s first Tour win after he carded an eagle and a birdie to end regulation play that got him into the playoff.
Betting Overview at TPC Deere Run
The top player on the betting odds list at +1000 is Daniel Berger, a winner earlier this year at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and ranked 13th in the OWGR and 23rd in the FedEx Cup standings. Brian Harman, a left-hander who has been popping up on leaderboards recently, is next at +1400.
Sungjae Im, playing his 30th PGA Tour event of the season, is at +1400, followed by 2019 John Deere Classic runner-up Russell Henley, who had a tough Sunday at the U.S. Open after leading on Saturday. Alex Noren and Kevin Streelman are at +2500, with last week’s winner, Cam Davis, at +2800.
Three-time winner Steve Stricker is passing up the U.S. Senior Open to play in the John Deere Classic with odds of +6600. Frittelli is at +8000 odds to successfully defend his title and former champion to two-time major title winner Zach Johnson is at +4000.