Online Sports Betting’s John Deere Classic Preview
A Look At The Course
The conveniently monikered TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Illinois was designed to be an “old-style traditional” course. The semi-private 7,258 yards Par 71 venue offers up some variety when it comes to elevation and has regularly produced champs that close up the weekend at -20 or lower. Expect comparatively low scores from this midwestern course.
Our Pick To Win
At the risk of front-running, how can you not like Jordan Spieth’s chances at TPC Deere Run? The Masters/US Open winner enters this British Open tune-up as the 7/2 field favourite to win. The 21-year-old phenom has experience mastering this course and he proved that as a teenager when he conquered the tournament with a -19 playoff victory at the 2013 edition of this PGA Tour stop. Speith, who enters this tournament as the runaway FedEx Cup points leader, does face some stiff competition from fellow John Deere Classic tourney winners Zack Johnson (9/1) and Steve Stricker (33/1). If you take a lot of stock in past performances signaling future fortunes, you might be a bit perplexed by how Stricker can be as low as 33/1 on this course. After all, Stricker holds the course record for the tournament’s lowest score and he earned three consecutive titles between 2009 and 2011. We like Spieth to win, but Stricker’s a tempting dark horse that could get his first PGA victory in ages courtesy of a course that’s been very good to him before.
Our Pick: Jordan Spieth (7/2)
A Look Ahead
The British Open is almost set to tee off and one development’s thrown a monkey wrench into the proceedings. Reigning champ Rory McIlroy ruptured the anterior talofibular ligament in his left ankle and it’s unclear if that spells complete doom for his chances at repeating. McIlroy (who hasn’t pulled out of the tournament) saw his odds of winning drop from 5/1 to 8/1 in one sportsbook, while other betting outlets had bigger dips. Your current tournament favourite? Who else? Jordan Spieth will look to continue his stunning attempt to win golf’s Grand Slam. Saddled with 9/2 odds, Spieth faces a course that is unforgiving to players that can’t find the right marriage of driving distance and reliable accuracy. Elsewhere on the friendlier side of the Open Futures board are Dustin Johnson (14/1), Justin Rose (16/1) and Adam Scott (20/1). Tiger Woods has scored a flattering 25/1 wager projection, although we suspect that has more to do with his marquee name than anything else. The British Open begins on July 16.
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