2022 John Deere Classic Odds & Sleeper Picks: Zach Johnson Among 4 Longshot Targets

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2022 John Deere Classic Odds

Webb Simpson+1200
Adam Hadwin+1800
Sahith Theegala+2200
Charles Howell III+2500
Denny McCarthy+2800
Jason Day+3300
Maverick McNealy+3300
Adam Long+3500
Brendon Todd+3500
Christiaan Bezuidenhout+3500
Nick Hardy+3500
Patrick Rodgers+3500
Scott Stallings+3500
Cam Davis+4000
Steve Stricker+4000
J.T. Poston+4500
Adam Schenk+5000
Anirban Lahiri+5000
C.T. Pan+5000
Cameron Champ+5000
Chez Reavie+5000
Doug Ghim+5000
Lucas Glover+5000
Adam Svensson+5500
Kevin Streelman+5500
Taylor Pendrith+5500
Martin Laird+6000
Alex Smalley+6600
Dylan Frittelli+6600
Emiliano Grillo+6600
John Huh+6600
Lanto Griffin+6600
David Lipsky+7000
Tyler Duncan+7000
Mark Hubbard+8000
Nate Lashley+8000
Nick Taylor+8000
Patton Kizzire+8000
Ryan Armour+8000
Andrew Putnam+9000
Christopher Gotterup+9000
Hank Lebioda+9000
Zach Johnson+9000
Austin Smotherman+10000
Joseph Bramlett+10000
Matt Wallace+10000
Matthias Schwab+10000
Michael Thompson+10000
Ryan Moore+10000
Stephan Jaeger+10000
Kramer Hickok+11000
Brandon Wu+12500
Chad Ramey+12500
Chesson Hadley+12500
Hayden Buckley+12500
James Hahn+12500
Lee Hodges+12500
Rory Sabbatini+12500
Sam Ryder+12500
Scott Piercy+12500
Taylor Moore+12500
Ben Martin+15000
Brandt Snedeker+15000
Brice Garnett+15000
Callum Tarren+15000
Charley Hoffman+15000
Chase Seiffert+15000
Doc Redman+15000
Grayson Murray+15000
Greyson Sigg+15000
Kevin Chappell+15000
Scott Brown+15000
Vaughn Taylor+15000
Vince Whaley+15000
Bill Haas+17500
Peter Malnati+17500
Robert Streb+17500
Andrew Novak+20000
Brian Stuard+20000
Harry Higgs+20000
Jonathan Byrd+20000
Justin Lower+20000
Kelly Kraft+20000
Sean O'Hair+20000
Trey Mullinax+20000
Wesley Bryan+20000
William McGirt+20000
Henrik Norlander+22500
Andrew Landry+25000
Austin Cook+25000
Brian Gay+25000
Cameron Percy+25000
David Lingmerth+25000
Fabian Gomez+25000
Paul Barjon+25000
Roger Sloan+25000
Scott Gutschewski+25000
Chris Stroud+27500
Aaron Baddeley+30000
Ben Kohles+30000
Brandon Hagy+30000
Camilo Villegas+30000
Chris Naegel+30000
D.J. Trahan+30000
Dylan Wu+30000
Jim Knous+30000
Kevin Tway+30000
Mark Hensby+30000
Michael Gligic+30000
Satoshi Kodaira+30000
Sung Kang+30000
Seung-Yul Noh+35000
Brett Drewitt+40000
David Skinns+40000
Jason Dufner+40000
Seth Reeves+40000
Bo Hoag+50000
Curtis Thompson+50000
David Hearn+50000
Dawie van der Walt+50000
Jared Wolfe+50000
Jonas Blixt+50000
Joshua Creel+50000
Martin Trainer+50000
Max McGreevy+50000
Nick Watney+50000
Patrick Flavin+50000
Quinn Riley+50000
Richy Werenski+50000
Robert Garrigus+50000
Shawn Stefani+50000
Ben Crane+75000
Bo Van Pelt+75000
Boo Weekley+75000
Charles Jahn+75000
D.A. Points+75000
Greg Chalmers+75000
Johnson Wagner+75000
Matt Every+75000
Nathan Petronzio+75000
Preston Stanley+75000
Ricky Barnes+75000
Ryan Brehm+75000
Arjun Atwal+100000
Brian Davis+100000
Derek Ernst+100000
John Merrick+100000
John Senden+100000
Kevin Stadler+100000
Luke Gannon+100000
Omar Uresti+100000
Parker McLachlin+100000
Richard S. Johnson+100000
Ryuji Imada+100000
Sean McCarty+100000
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The rift in the golf world may look particularly jarring this week, with the world’s best players scattered across the globe in one of the odder weeks for the PGA Tour.

The Open Championship looms large, with the Scottish Open preceding it next week. The early migration across the pond has already started for some, with the Irish Open attracting some big names this week.

LIV Golf continues its jab into the golf world with its second event. The Saudi-backed upstart makes its first trip stateside with a 54-hole event at Pumpkin Ridge outside of Portland, Oregon.

That mix of scheduling queries leaves many of the world’s best skipping the PGA Tour’s stop in Illinois, the John Deere Classic. The list of favorites this week reads like a crop of longshots at any other event.

That moves our search for longshots into a different universe, picking from an eclectic miss of young hopefuls, older veterans and players struggling of late.

Without the elite players sure to fill the top of the leaderboard, though, there’s no reason not to think there could be some real dark-horse contenders at TPC Deere Run this weekend.

These five names stand out as players with a chance to make an underdog run.

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Zach Johnson +10000 (BetMGM)

Among the players in this week’s field with at least 10 rounds played at TPC Deere Run, only Stricker has gained more strokes per round than Johnson. That’s no knock on Johnson — lest we forget Stricker has won the event three times.

Johnson has played the John Deere Classic 18 times. He missed the cut just once (in 2007) and finished in the top five seven times. He was in the top five here five years in a row from 2011-15, including his win in 2012.

While it would be quite the surprise for the future Ryder Cup captain to win a Tour event on most courses or against most fields, Johnson’s history of firing darts around TPC Deere Run can’t be ignored.

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Chris Gotterup +13000 (DraftKings)

Jumping from a by-gone name on the PGA Tour, to one of its possible future stars, Chris Gotterup is kickstarting his rookie year on the PGA Tour and has shown the ability to compete.

In four starts on Tour this year — three of which came after he turned pro after the NCAA Championships — Gotterup has made three cuts and nabbed a top-10 at the Puerto Rico Open.

Following a streak of strong play to end his college career, Gotterup made the cut at the US Open at the Country Club, despite finishing in the bottom five of Strokes Gained: Putting among those who made the cut. His swing is clearly in a good place — a great asset at TPC Deere Run, which promises to develop into a birdie-fest.

His foray into the top five of a PGA Tour event is coming. We might as well jump on while he’s still being offered at odds this high.

Hayden Buckley +15000 (DraftKings)

I was on Buckley last week after he showed some real flashes during his top-15 finish at the US Open. He continued that strong play early at the Travelers Championship, starting the tournament with three rounds in the 60s.

Eventually, his short game proved too faulty for him to contend, thanks to the second-worst Strokes Gained: Around the Green number among those to make the cut. He lost more than 1.5 strokes to the field with his chipping on both Friday and Saturday in Hartford.

With TPC Deere Run asking a much different question for those slated to play, Buckley will have a better chance to showcase his skills and rack up birdies.

Vaughn Taylor +15000 (BetRivers)

We're really digging deep into the barrel here. Taylor, now 46 years old, is ranked 433rd in the world and has earned just one top-three finish since 2016.

It requires some squinting to see Taylor in the mix on Sunday this week, yet the evidence is there if you squint hard enough. Of the 11 individual events he’s completed this season, Taylor has made nine cuts, including his last two starts.

Here at TPC Deere Run, he’s been excellent over the years. He’s made the cut 11 times in 14 tries, with five top-20 finishes. Those successful weeks aren’t ancient history, either. He was T6 here in 2019, and he’s gained strokes on the field in each of the last four John Deere Classics.

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