This week, Steve Stricker looks to defend his title and win the PGA Tour’s John Deere classic for the 4th consecutive year. With the obvious parity on the tour in recent years, that is simply unheard of. To put his accomplishment thus far in perspective, his win last year made him only the 10th golfer since World War II to win the same tournament three times in a row. Certainly impressive.
TPC Deere Run is by far one of the most affordable courses that fans will find on tour all year long. For those of us who want the experience of playing a pro caliber venue, you can get onto Deere Run for anywhere between $40 and $80, including cart fees. Considering most of the venues are upwards of a few hundred dollars, that is definitely a bargain.
The field this week is about what you would expect the week before the British Open, boasting only 1 player in the top 15 of the world golf rankings. However, there are surprisingly 9 players in the top 50 taking part in the John Deere Classic this week.
There are several interesting storylines that will unfold throughout the next 4 days, most notably, of course, is Stricker’s quest for his 4th consecutive John Deere Classic title. If John Daly has anything to say about it, however, Stricker’s streak will cease at 3. Daly has been playing inspired golf as of late, stringing together a few quality appearances and earning some nice cash in the process. He was T19 in Memphis and finished T12 last week at Greenbrier.
Stricker clearly has the betting parlors in his favor this week, and why shouldn’t he? Others being given a solid chance to win are Zach Johnson, Nick Watney and Ryan Palmer. If you want my advice, don’t sleep on Daly and his stunning wardrobe.