2016 John Deere Classic Betting Preview

The Olympic golf takes centre stage for most in Brazil this week, with a few notable exceptions, but there is also PGA Tour action to enjoy as the John Deere Classic gets underway on Thursday. The field is particularly weak at TPC Deere Run as Jordan Spieth has opted to swerve his title defence and that leaves Zach Johnson and Steve Stricker as the men to beat in Illinois...

  • Zach Johnson has 1 x win and 5 x top-threes to show from his last 7 visits to TPC Deere Run
  • Steve Stricker won the John Deere Classic 3 times in a row from 2009 to 2011

11th August - 14th August Odds Won/Lost Bet

John Deere Classic
Steve Stricker (each way)  
Best Bet
@ 12 / 1  
Daniel Summerhays (each way) @ 22 / 1  
John Senden (each way) @ 66 / 1  

The Men To Beat

This course is tailor-made for Johnson it would seem as it is one for the strategists and plotters, with Johnson's last seven appearances here yielding one win, five top-threes and a worst of 21st. The American hasn't missed a cut since the Masters in April and he heads into this event as a 15/2 favourite (Betfred).

Steve Stricker (12/1) also loves this track as he won the John Deere Classic three times in a row from 2009 to 2011, going 5-10-11-35 in his four subsequent appearances. He might be ready to get back on the winners board as he has found some decent form of late, finishing runner-up at the St Jude Classic and tied 4th at the Open Championship. This tournament basically comes down to a putting contest and Stricker, who went to college in Illinois, currently ranks 6th for total putting on the PGA Tour.

Stricker's price is fair enough in this field as he is the man with recent form behind him and we fancy he is building towards a strong effort on a track that he clearly loves. 
Tip #1: Steve Stricker (each way) @ 12/1 with Betfred.

The Contenders

Meanwhile, Jon Rahm has been in good form of late but his 16/1 price makes little appeal on his course debut here.

Likewise, Kevin Na (22/1) has been in decent touch with top-25s in each of his last three major appearances but he has a best of T13 here from 2014 and we prefer to back Daniel Summerhays at 22/1.

The Selections

Summerhays has opened two of his last three visits to TPC Deere Run with a round of 65 and he could put himself in contention with a similar start this week. Summerhays, who ranks 17th for total putting this season, appears to have gotten to grips with the track after failing to make the weekend in his first two visits here but he has since gone 4-13-8 in this event and the consistency he has found of late has been so impressive. He has missed just one cut in twelve starts since March, racking up seven top-25s, and he was putting beautifully en route to a tie for 3rd at the US PGA Championship and a tie for 11th at the Travelers.
Tip #2: Daniel Summerhays (each way) @ 22/1 with Paddy Power.

Meanwhile, John Senden is a player who we admire and the Australian keeps on producing the goods. So accurate from tee-to-green, the 45-year-old will put himself in positions to hole balls this week and he ranks 23rd for total putting during a season that has seen him secure seven top-25s, including a tie for 18th at the US PGA. Senden won the John Deere Classic in 2006 and more recently he finished tied for 12th in 2010 and tied for 4th in 2012. His course management, experience and recent form ensures he looks great value at 66/1 in this field.
Tip #3: John Senden (each way) @ 66/1 with Bet 365.

2016 John Deere Classic Odds