Louis-Oosthuizen-006 John Deere Classic History

The John Deere Classic is traditionally played in the run up to the British Open at TPC Deere Run in the Quad Cities community of Silvis, Illinois.

The tournament dates back to 1971 when it was a satellite event on the PGA Tour, earning official tour status the following year. It was originally staged at Crow Valley Country Club in Davenport, Iowa before moving to Oakwood Country Club in Coal Valley, Illinois from 1975 to 1999. The TPC at Deere Run has been the venue since 2000.

In 2005 and 2006, the tournament received extra media coverage due to the sponsor’s exemptions given to teenager Michelle Wie. In 2005, Sean O’Hair’s victory qualified him to play in The Open the following week. To attract competitors who wish to compete in The Open, the John Deere Classic provides a special charter flight that leaves the Quad Cities on Sunday night and arrives in the UK the next morning.

John Deere Classic Stats

Five golfers have won the John Deere Classic more than once. D.A. Weibring and Steve Stricker have won it three times with Deane Beman, Scott Hoch and David Frost each enjoying two victories. Stricker’s three victories came in consecutive seasons, 2009 to 2011. He also boasts the lowest score in the event, recording 26 under par in 2010.

An incredible fourth consecutive victory looked on the cards for Stricker 12 months ago when trailing by a single shot going into the final round. However, a final round 70 left Zach Johnson to claim the title in a playoff from overnight leader Troy Matteson. The final winning score has never been worse than 16 under par since moving to this venue.

John Deere Classic Betting Tips

There is no other tournament in the world where Steve Stricker would be an automatic favourite but his domination of this event means he is a single figure price this week. His three consecutive victories followed by a top five finish last year have not been lost on the bookmakers who have chalked him up at 7-1 clear favourite.

If you believe in the old “Horses for Courses” theory, Stricker is your man. He started the season in great form with three top five finishes but has performed moderately since. However, his last individual appearance was in the US Open where he tied for eighth place (a personal best in the event). He did win the CVS Charity Classic in partnership with Bo Van Pelt recently so we do know that he is in form. Even so, I am prepared to pass him over at his current price.

Zach Johnson is back but his last three outings of 71st, missed cut and 58th do not inspire confidence. Louis Oosthuizen returned from injury last week and put up a decent performance in finishing tied for 17th. It may be a little early for him to be firing on all cylinders but I’ll take the 25-1 against 7-1 Stricker any day.

Australian John Senden had a good tournament here last year, including a round of 64 in finishing fourth. He has not managed to break into the top ten in any event so far this year but there were encouraging signs at the US Open (15th) and at the Greenbrier (T30th). This course could help him find his A game and he rates a decent each-way bet at 50-1.

Luke Guthrie is another who has failed to deliver so far this year but ended the tournament last year in style with a round of 64. That was enough to carry him 22 places up the leaderboard into a tie with Stricker in fifth place. He is languishing at 80-1 in the betting and that could turn out to be good value.

Finally we will include Ryan Moore in our selections after his excellent seventh at the Travelers Championship. He is missing as many cuts as he is making but this course should suit him and he can get involved at odds of 33-1.

Louis Oosthuizen 25-1 Ladbrokes, Sportingbet, Betfair
John Senden 50-1 Stan James
Luke Guthrie 80-1 Ladbrokes, Sportingbet
Ryan Moore 33-1 Paddy Power, Bet365