Golf: 2021 John Deere Classic
Venue: TPC Deere Run, Illinois.
Dates: Thursday 8th – Sunday 11th July 2021
The PGA Tour rolls into Illinois with a stellar field assembled for the John Deere Classic. Whilst many of the biggest names in the game will have one eye on the British Open starting later this month, the John Deere Classic has become a staple on the tour at this time of the year and many American and Rest of the World players look to have strong prospects here. The event has been held at TPC Deere Run since 2000 and with winning alumni such as Steve Stricker, Jordan Spieth and Vijay Singh it certainly has a rich heritage as an event on the PGA Tour.
With such a high quality field in action in Illinois, picking an outright winner looks to be no easy task but here are our top 5 selections with BetXChange:-
It has been a tough season overall for the American but his overall performances across both the PGA and European Tours in recent years make him the justified favourite here.
Consistency is the currency Brian Harman deals in, and he will be looking to make the most of a fringe field here and pick up a big win, with accompanying ranking points.
South Korean Sungjae Im has enjoyed an incredible 12 months on the PGA Tour, epitomised by his second place finish at Augusta in 2020 and he will be a leading contender here.
Fresh off his first PGA Tour career win at the Rocket Mortgage Classic last weekend, Aussie Cameron Davis will be looking to go back to back here in Illinois.
Ryan Moore is player that has struggled for form in recent seasons, but he triumphed at this event back in 2016 and he has a game that will suit the testing conditions in Illinois.
1st Round Leader
Producing the goods over 72 holes is often the most difficult thing for any golfer to do therefore here are our first round leader picks:-
Experienced campaigner Alex Noren will be eager to build on his strong showing at the Rocket Mortgage Classic last week and hit the ground running here in Illinois.
Englishman Tom Lewis has been plying his trade on the PGA Tour for a few seasons now and he should be one to watch from the off in favourable conditions.
New Zealander Danny Lee hasn’t been in the best of nick in 2021 but with a game that matches up well against the course, he could well be the man to catch after day 1 of the action here at the John Deere Classic.
Top Ten Finish
With so many quality players assembled here in Illinois, getting into the winning enclosure could be tough but there are plenty of candidates to finish in the Top 10 come Sunday:-
2012 John Deere Classic champion Zach Johnson has been off the tour for a while due to injury but should be back fit and firing here before the British Open.
The 2009 US Open champion Lucas Glover has shown flashes of brilliance in 2021 and he could well go deep here in Illinois.
South African Dylan Frittelli was the last winner of this event back in 2019 and whilst his game has dropped off somewhat since then, a return to winning surrounds is always welcome for golfers.
BetXChange Best Bets:
Outright Winner: Sungjae Im – 20.00
1st Round Leader: Tom Lewis – 66.00
Top Five Finish: Zach Johnson – 4.00