Best Bets at the 2022 John Deere Classic
The best golfers in the world are taking off this weekend before heading to Europe for the Scottish Open and The Open Championship. That means we will have a relatively weak field at the 2022 John Deere Classic, giving several mid-tier golfers a great opportunity to solidify their place on the PGA Tour next year. The biggest name taking part in this week’s action is Webb Simpson, and he is currently 14-1 to win the John Deere Classic. However, Simpson hasn’t won a PGA Tour title in two years, as he has been battling a neck injury.
The 2022 John Deere Classic will be held at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Illinois in the Quad Cities. This tournament has been held annually since 1971 with the exception of the 2020 edition that was cancelled by COVID. The John Deere Classic will run from June 30 to July 3.
Event: John Deere Classic
Category: PGA Tour
Date: June 30-July 3, 2022
Location: TPC Deere Run, Silvis, Illinois
2021: Lucas Glover -19
2019: Dylan Frittelli -21
2018: Michael Kim -27
2017: Bryson DeChambeau -18
2016: Ryan Moore -22
TPC Deere Run is a par 71 course that is just under 7,300 yards in length. There are new bunkers along the fairways, but this is usually one of the easiest courses for golfers to navigate on the PGA Tour each year. The last 12 winners of the John Deere Classic have finished with a score of -18 or better, and Michael Kim smashed multiple records here in 2018. Kim won the 2018 John Deere Classic by eight strokes with a course record 257.
Best Bet to Win the John Deere Classic: Sahith Theegala +2000
Sahith Theegala is one of the best rookies on the PGA Tour. Theegala has yet to win a PGA Tour event, but he has come awfully close. He has five T8 finishes this season, and he earned a T5 at the Memorial and a T2 at the Travelers Championship earlier this month. His accuracy leaves something to be desired, but he scrambles well and isn’t afraid to take the chances needed to win a tournament. It’s only a matter of time before Theegala wins a tournament, so why not this weekend?
Value Play to Win the John Deere Classic: Zach Johnson +8000
There is a little bit of wishful thinking involved with Zach Johnson, but 80-1 odds are worth a lottery ticket considering what Johnson has done at TPC Deere Run in his career. While his best finish this season was a T13 at the Valero Open, Johnson has performed very well at the John Deere Classic. Johnson won this event in 2013, and he finished T2 in 2010, 2014, and 2015. Additionally, he finished T3 in 2012 and 2016 and T5 in 2018, so you won’t find a golfer with better results at this course.