PGA Tour Opening Drive: Expect a Shootout at John Deere Classic

By Carl Conrad
John Deere Classic First Look
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This week’s PGA Tour stop is the John Deere Classic at TPC Deere Run in beautiful Silvas, IL. This is definitely a track that has a history of yielding low scores, so we should buckle up and get ready for the fireworks. In fact, three years ago Paul Goydos managed to attain the coveted score of 59 – and he didn’t even go on to win the event.

A number of the golfers that would have otherwise played in this week’s tournament are across the pond playing in the Scottish Open in an attempt to prepare for the British Open in a few weeks. Only six of the top 30 golfers in the world are teeing it up this week and Louis Oosthuizen – sitting at number 10 – is the highest ranked golfer in the field.

Zach Johson is looking to defend his title against a somewhat depleted, but incredibly hungry collection of players. At this point it should be no surprise that Jordan Spieth accepted an invitation to play this week. The youngster doesn’t even have full status on the Tour and he has already amassed five top 10 finishes in 15 events and has earned over $1.2 million. He is going to break through with a victory before long and this might be the week for him to do it.

Just because the field doesn’t have the name recognition of some other events it doesn’t necessarily mean that the level of play will diminish. There is plenty of scoring to go around and I fully anticipate this one to be a shootout.

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