John Deere Classic: Hard Not to Like Steve Stricker's Chances This Week

By Carl Conrad
John Deere Classic Favorite Steve Stricker
JD Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

There is more than enough talent to go around at the John Deere Classic this week. Not only does this field boast some great golfers, it also contains some guys that have played exceptionally well here in the past. This PGA Tour event has the makings of a nail-biter that will not be decided until late on Sunday afternoon.

There are quite a few guys that have been in top form heading into this event, but my money is still on Steve Stricker to take home the victory. Defending champion Zach Johnson has finished inside of the top three here in three of his last four starts and also happens to be the defending champion, but he’s no Stricker.

It’s hard to bet against a man that has won this tournament on three different occasions. Over the last 16 rounds he’s played at TPC Deere Run Stricker has an average score of 65.75. He should be well rested, having been out of action since the U.S. Open. Despite playing a limited schedule this year – Stricker has only played in seven events – he has four top 10 finishes and two second place results.

He currently sits at 18th in driving accuracy, second in greens in regulation, seventh in scoring and 11th in strokes gained – putting. If he played a full schedule, I have no doubt that he would have multiple wins already this year. When you combine the fact that he has been playing at the top of his game with his past history here, it’s hard not to like Stricker’s odds at bringing home a fourth title this week.

Carl Conrad is the Senior Golf Writer for Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.

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