2022 John Deere Classic Odds & Picks: Target Webb Simpson, Sahith Theegala, More
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Xander Schauffele closed out his first win on TOUR in three plus years as Sahith Theegala struggled to get home on the 72nd hole with a one-shot lead. Theegala was up against the fairway bunker lip after erasing Schauffele’s advantage and taking the lead on the 17th hole, but he was too aggressive and left his approach in the bunker. He then chopped out and hit four as Schauffele watched from the tee box. It undoubtedly freed up the Ryder Cup winner, who took advantage with a comfortable birdie to win the Traveler’s Championship by two.
Now, we head to the John Deere Classic, which has an understandably weak field leading into the co-sanctioned Scottish Open before the final major of the year from St. Andrews. It’ll be slim pickings at the top, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t money to be made with our bets heading into the week. Let’s see who stands out and is carrying some form into the week ahead at TPC Deere Run.
2022 John Deere Classic Buys
It wasn’t the final round on Sunday that Webb Simpson hoped for at the Travelers Championship, but I would argue the week as a whole was still another step in the right direction.
Simpson finished T14 following his missed cut at the U.S. Open. It was his best finish since the RSM Classic back in the fall of 2021, which is an astonishing fact for a player who has been near the top of the game for the past few years.
Simpson comes into the John Deere for his first appearance, but it is a course that should fit his game. He’ll feel right at home being able to hit fairways and greens to find success. My only hesitation is his odds as he may be too short to take the chance because he is definitely one of the top names in the field this week.
I can’t write an article intended to highlight players coming into the week with good form, without showcasing Theegala’s week at the Travelers. He was the best player in the field over the weekend at TPC River Highlands. Unfortunately, it seemed his inexperience caught up with him on the final hole as he looked to close out his first win on TOUR.
Still, Theegala gained strokes in every category this week, including more than 10 shots on the field tee to green. He has an elite game when he brings it and I wouldn’t expect anything less from him, even off of the brutal finish on Sunday. The concern with Theegala will be his odds. He is likely to be one of the more attractive names this week, meaning we may need to jump early on Monday morning if we want a decent number.
We have to dig deep for the last buy heading into the week at the John Deere Classic. Stallings finished T8 at the Travelers and has a good track record at this tournament. He’s posted top-20 finishes in three of his past five trips to the Quad Cities, including one T5.
Stallings is certainly the type of name we could see win an event in this kind of field and although his form has been sporadic of late, it’s good to see him have a nice finish leading into the tournament.
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