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With the British Open a week away, many of the top players have already made the trek to the U.K. to prepare for the next major championship. But with one spot still up for grabs, the rest of the PGA Tour is ready for the John Deere Classic.
All odds as of Tuesday morning.
TPC Deere Run has hosted this event since 2000 on one of the easier tracks on the tour’s calendar. Usually a score in the high teens or low 20s under par is needed to lift the trophy at this 7,268-yard par-71 course.
Over the years, it has played as a second-shot golf course with a lot of wedge opportunities. Then, whoever has the hot putter will take down the title. In the past 10 years, we’ve seen Steve Stricker win three times in a row. Jordan Spieth has a pair of victories here. Zach Johnson has a win and a few runner-up finishes. The winning template is there with those types of players who don’t necessarily bomb it but hit a lot of greens and hole a lot of putts.
This is one of the weaker fields, in large part because of the Open Championship travel the next week.