Welcome to the 2019 John Deere Classic Fantasy Golf Picks and Pro-Tip
News and Notes
The 2019 John Deere Classic will be played at TPC Deere Run as the last stop on the PGATOUR before The Open Championship. While many of the best names have opted for the Scottish Open, the biggest DFS contests remain aligned with the JDC. We have finish probabilities for the Scottish Open from DataGolf for this week’s event but will otherwise be focusing on the JDC.
TPC Deere Run is a Par 71 that is just 7268 yards long and played as the 6th easiest course on tour last year when Michael Kim came out of nowhere to lap the field with a 27-under winning performance. The course is relatively non-descript with the 34th widest fairways on tour and the course overall ranking just 24th in par adjusted distance. With shorter holes, wider fairways, and a weak field truly anybody could walk away with a win. The course should setup similar to the previous two events in that regard as well as benefiting strong approach and putting play.
Zach Johnson who when his game is on is strongest with his short irons and putter exemplifies the course well and his record here is stellar (16-5-34-3-2-2-1-3-21-2) while other recent champions or strong course history players include Jordan Spieth, Steve Stricker, Ryan Moore, Brian Harman, and Michael Kim.
Kevin Streelman has WD from the event.
Strongest Recent Form Outright
Joaquin Niemann 27-31-5-5-23
Victor Hovland 32-12-54-13-13
Sungjae Im 57-7-21-21-15
Brian Harman 27-50-8-CUT-7
Peter Malnati 17-31-30-29-46
Strongest Course History
Zach Johnson 16-5-34-3-2-2-1-3-21-2
Ryan Moore 55-MC-1-24-7-22-8-34
Kyle Stanley 8/10 Made Cuts
Scott Brown 12-25-16-MC-5-22-7
Johnson Wagner 16-MC-5-5-7
Chad Campbell 7-12-28-13-15-36-56-34-15
The Historic Event Data from DataGolf shows that putting and approach play have historically driven more of a variation in scores than other statistical categories but it overall is a relatively neutral course fit compared to a traditional stop on tour.
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