Golf betting tips: Preview and tips for the 2021 John Deere Classic
The John Deere Classic is played at TPC Deere Run in the Quad Cities community of Silvis, Illinois. The tournament began as the Quad Cities Open in 1971 and was a “satellite event” on the PGA Tour. It became an official Tour event in 1972 and John Deere have been the title sponsors since 1999.
Since 2000 the event has been played at TPC Deere Run which was designed as a stadium course by DA Weibring.
In 2005 and 2006 the tournament generated much attention due to a sponsor’s exemption given to Michelle Wie.
In 2013 Jordan Spieth was victorious two weeks before his 20th birthday to become the first teenager to win on the PGA Tour since 1931.
The course is a Par 71 that stretches to 7,200+ yards from the championship tees. Historically the John Deere Classic is played the week before the British Open.
TPC Deere Run continually ranks among the easiest Par 71s on Tour and annually yields high percentages for both fairways hit and greens in regulation. How far and in which direction you hit the ball off the tee is basically immaterial.
This week is all about aggressive play, accurate short irons and good putting.
Past results show that low scores are the norm and the average winning score since 2000 is just shy of -20. Steve Stricker won the tournament three years in a row from 2009 – 2011 and in 2010 he shot -26 (258).
In 2018, Michael Kim set a tournament record shooting a total -27 (257) to finish eight strokes clear of his nearest rivals.
Key stats to consider this week include Proximity to Hole, Strokes Gained Putting and Par 4 Scoring Average.
The John Deere Classic is a birdie-fest, plain and simple. Go low or go home
The John Deere Classic is the final chance for a player, not already exempt, to earn a tee-time at the British Open if he finishes in the Top 5. In order to help attract players who will compete in the British Open, the tournament sponsor charters a flight that leaves the Quad Cities on Sunday night to travel to the year’s final Major.
John Deere Classic Tips
Russell Henley 16/1 (E/W) – finished runner up in the last edition of the John Deere Classic in 2019. The Georgia native finished T13 in the recent US Open and followed with a T19 in his last outing at the Travelers Championship. Statistically solid, the 32 year old features in the Top 5 in this week’s Stats Analysis. He is also 18th on Tour for GIR and 16th for Scoring Average. TPC Deere Run is a course that will align nicely with his strengths. Event Form tick, Current Form tick, Stats Analysis tick. Standout pick.
Kevin Streelman 22/1 (E/W) – a regular at the John Deere Classic, the Illinois native finished T7 on his last visit in 2018. A disappointing MC at the Travelers Championship was preceded with rich vein of form which included Top 15 finishes in both the PGA Championship and US Open. Places inside the Top 20 in this week’s Stats Analysis, he is also 25th on Tour for GIR and 28th for Scoring Average. Willing to overlook MC on his last outing based on other considerations. With only a handful inside the world’s Top 50 teeing it up this week, opportunity knocks to make a return to the winner’s circle.
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