Call me crazy, but even though he is currently ranked 264th in the official world golf rankings, I like Troy Matteson’s chances at this week’s John Deere Classic. He’s only made eight cuts in 19 events and went through a stretch where he missed seven in a row. While he has made the cut in his last two events, Matteson still only has one top 25 on the season.
With all that being said, Matteson finished second at TPC Deere Run last year in this very event. Had Zach Johnson not pulled out the victory in a playoff, Matteson would have gone wire to wire at this event. That’s not something that I don’t think should be discounted. He has eight career top three finishes, two of which have come at this track. Matteson is pretty much the epitome of a horse for the course this week.
He’s also no stranger to coming off of bad stretches to play well at this event. He did it last year as well as in 2010, when he finished T10. It’s not easy to explain, but for some reason golfers just play well at certain courses. They feel comfortable standing over every shot regardless of how they’ve played coming into the event. This is one of those situations for Matteson.
In my opinion, he’s the no-brainer pick for this week’s sleeper. If he doesn’t show up, that’s why he was a sleeper. If he does what I think he can and challenges for the victory, I look much smarter than I really.