Some big names are away at the Olympics this week, but the John Deere Classic still hosts a strong field. Which players should be in your fantasy team at Deere Run?
Wedged in the quiet spot between the year’s final major and the FedEx Cup, and going head to head with the Olympics meant that we were never likely to get all of the big names descending on Illinois. However, there’s still plenty of talented golfers to challenge for the title at the TPC come Sunday.
Last year’s champion Jordan Speith is absent, but for now let’s focus on those competing and see which players are primed for a good finish on Sunday. The tournament has traditionally been a “horses for courses” venue. We’ll see if that holds true this week.
High Priced Options
Zach Johnson ($22m): Deere Run is Johnson’s spiritual home on the PGA Tour, a place where he has produced his best golf seemingly every year. The short hitting but accurate 40 year old has not finished outside the top three here in his last five starts and clearly has a huge affinity for the course.
The Iowa native’s steady form has seen him make ten consecutive cuts this year, but he hasn’t really threatened a title. That should change this week.
Steve Stricker ($20.6m): There may be no tournament as suited to certain individuals on the entire schedule as this one. Like Johnson, Steve Stricker has put his kids through college on the back of John Deere’s generosity. The 49 year old may be a part-timer these days, but three wins at this tournament mean he can’t be overlooked this week. Expect him to contend and finish in the top ten.
Mid Priced Options
Jerry Kelly ($15.6m): How could you not back Jerry Kelly after his impressive performance in the Traveller’s Championship last week? Any concerns about the ageing golfer’s fatigue after being in contention last weekend should be allayed by top five finishes in two of the last three years. However, we could reasonably expect to see him drop off the pace on Sunday.
Robert Garrigus ($12.3m): Garrigus comes into the tournament in excellent form, having finished inside the top 11 in four of his last seven events, including two top fives. After an abysmal start to the season, he’s missed just one cut since the middle of April. The John Deere could be his chance to record a first victory.
Low Priced Options
Tyrone Van Aswegen ($10.6m): The Dutchman notched a top five finish at the Travellers last week and has a cheap price that makes him appealing on a week when the depth of the field isn’t strong. Can he repeat last week’s good performance at Deere Run?
Tom Gillis ($7.7m): Gillis hasn’t teed it up since July, and is very much an afterthought to most. However, the 48 year old finished second to Jordan Speith last year in this event. He’s worth a punt in your line ups on a course that seems to see the same names on the leaderboard year in year out.
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