The TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Illinois is a 7,257-yard, par 71 course which has staged the John Deere Classic since the tournament’s inaugural year on the PGA Tour in 1972. Despite narrow fairways, thick rough and lightning fast greens it is not among the more challenging tracks faced by the tour professionals, with Steve Stricker setting a course record of 26-under-par when he won here for the second successive year in 2010. Stricker went on to win again a year later, before Zach Johnson claimed the title in 2012. Bryson DeChambeau shot a closing round of 65 to pip Patrick Rodgers to the title last year, while Jordan Spieth has won this event twice, either side of a victory for Brian Harman.
John Deere Classic 2018 Favourites
Francesco Molinari has been in the form of his life over the past month or so, winning the BMW Championship and the Quicken Loans National, either side of finishing second at the Italian Open, and he leads the betting for this tournament at best odds of 10/1* with Bet365, William Hill, Ladbrokes and Coral. Zach Johnson is something of a course specialist having finished outside the top five only twice in the last nine years and he’s at 12/1* across the board, with DeChambeau available at the same price with Ladbrokes and Coral. Ryan Moore, the 2016 champion, is at 18/1* with Bet365 and Paddy Power, with rising star Joaquin Niemann at 20/1* with Ladbrokes and Coral.
John Deere Classic 2018 Tips
Andrew Landry is not the sort of player to string a sustained run of form together, but he has been sporadically very good this season, posting four top 10s including a first PGA Tour victory at the Valero Texas Open. He was eighth at the Quicken Loans National last time out, while he also finished eighth on his last visit to the Deere Run in 2016 before dropping onto the Web.com Tour and having to play his way back onto the main stage. He’s available at 50/1* across the board for this event.
Wesley Bryan had a terrible time of things in the spring, but he has put all that behind him in recent weeks by making the cut on his last five starts. He was 12th at the St Jude Classic a few weeks back and finished just outside the top 25 at the Greenbrier on Sunday. That should give him a solid platform to enjoy a good week at the Deere Run, where he has finished eighth and third on his two previous visits. Finishing third here last year took him to a career-high ranking of 36th, so there’s more to his game than he has shown thus far this season. Bet365 and Paddy Power go 45/1.*
This is a course that rewards accuracy off the tee, which is why the likes of Stricker and Johnson have performed so well here over the years. Kyle Stanley is among the PGA Tour’s leading players for driving accuracy this season and his recent results suggest he is playing well enough to get himself in contention here. As well as top 15s at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, the Wells Fargo Championship and the Travelers Championship, he was second at the Memorial Tournament. Paddy Power are offering best odds of 28/1*