The John Deere Classic returns to the PGA TOUR schedule after the tournament was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2021 event is the 50th anniversary of the tournament at TPC Deere Run, which has hosted the tournament since 2000. John Deere Classic odds may set up nicely in 2021 to take a flier on some longshots.
Defending champion Dylan Frittelli won the 2019 event for his only win on the PGA TOUR. But the South African, University of Texas national champion and current No. 90 world ranked player returns to TPC Deere Run along with just five of the top-50 players. But dozens of other capable pros are looking to move up in the FedExCup Standings, and the John Deere Classic makes up for its lack of current stars with the very best of the (near) future.
There are 15 players in the John Deere field who are already eligible for next week’s Open Championship. The final spot in next week’s final major of the season at Royal St. George’s will go to a golfer in the top five at the John Deere not already qualified.
John Deere Classic Betting Odds
As you compare odds and make bets on some of the favorites and long shots, note differences in golfer odds across operators, which can continue to change as the tournament nears with betting interest.
Top Players at the John Deere Classic
Most of the world’s top golfers on the PGA TOUR fly overseas ahead of next week’s Open Championship and play in the Scottish Open or prepare for the British Open at Royal St. George’s in England.
The John Deere Classic has had 18 first-time winners, including five of the last nine. This year’s leading golfers from the world golf rankings competing in the event are:
- Daniel Berger (No. 16 OWGR)
- Sungjae Im (26)
- Kevin Na (41)
- Brian Harman (45)
- Si Woo Kim (50)
- Kevin Streelman (52)
- Russell Henley (53)
Daniel Berger (22) is the highest ranked player in the current FedExCup Standings in the field and is joined by the players above along with Hudson Swafford and Aaron Wise in the top 50.
Also in the field is 2012 John Deere Classic winner Zach Johnson, who also finished runner-up the next two years. Three-time event winner, 2021 Ryder Cup captain and recent Senior Players Championship winner Steve Stricker will play, along with 54-hole co-leader at the Rocket Mortgage Classic, Troy Merritt, and leading Sunday contenders Cam Davis, Hank Lebioda and Maverick McNealy.
John Deere Classic Recent Winners and Runners-up:
- 2019 – Dylan Frittelli (-21), Russell Henley
- 2018 – Michael Kim (-27), Bronson Burgoon, Joel Dahman, Francisco Molinari, Sam Ryer
- 2017 – Bryson DeChambeau (-18), Patrick Rodgers
- 2016 – Ryan Moore (-22), Ben Martin
- 2015 – Jordan Spieth (-20), Tom Gillis
COURSE AND TOURNAMENT INFO
- Course: TPC Deere Run
- Location: Silvis, IL
- Date: July 8-11
- Par: 71 / Yardage 7,268
- Purse: $6.2 Million / Winner $1.1 M
- Fairways/Rough: Bentgrass / Kentucky Bluegrass
- Greens: Bentgrass
- TV: Golf Channel all four days and CBS final three hours on Saturday and Sunday
- Defending Champion: Dylan Frittelli (2019)
- Twitter: @JDCLASSIC #JDC50
Illinois native and former PGA pro D.A. Weibring designed TPC Deere Run, which is located along the Rock River and has hosted the PGA TOUR event since 2000. Silvis is part of the Quad Cities, which was the original name of the tournament.
Small ponds and deep ravines also fill in around the natural contours of the course. There are no houses, but splendid scenery, hardwood trees and dramatic elevation changes plus plenty of risk/reward hitting into smaller than TOUR average greens.
Players will need to make plenty of birdies, but TPC Deere Run isn’t a course which can be attacked without strategy. There’s not all that much to be gained here by hitting the ball a long ways.
Beyond the strokes gained stats, all-around ranking is a category to review. While perhaps a little antiquated, it’s been a pretty proven profile as a collective measurement of the old-school stats like total putting and greens hit.
Top Players in the Field in All-Around Ranking
- Daniel Berger (4)
- Sungjae Im (T18)
- Brian Harman (T23)
- Patton Kizzire (25)
- Russell Henley (41)
Predicting putting is more difficult, but players that rank highest in Strokes Gained: Putting on the TPC Deere Run course include: (Fantasy National stats and rounds played)
- Ben Martin (10)
- Sam Ryder (8)
- Andres Romero (22)
- Zach Johnson (32)
- Peter Malnati (16)
- Dylan Frittelli (4)
- Andrew Landry (12)
- Johnson Wagner (22)
- Patton Kizzire (8)
Zach Johnson, Martin, Wagner, Landry and Frittelli all rank top 10 in this field in Strokes Gained: Total at TPC Deere Run.
John Deere Classic Opens Door to More Longshots in Contention
Like last week’s Rocket Mortgage Classic which produced more big longshots on the leaderboard Sunday, the John Deere Classic also sees more shootouts and low scores. That widens the list of players with longer golf betting odds to hit the leaderboard and contend for a top finish or win. Five of the last nine champions at TPC Deere Run have been first-time winners. Plenty of popular prop bets and opportunities to cash in on more longshots for top-10 or top-20 positions, or as potential winners.
Golfers to Watch
Jhonattan Vegas ()
Jhonny Vegas is fresh coming into this event having last played in the U.S. Open. He had T2 and T9 in two events just prior to the U.S. Open, and he’s really dialed in his irons and approach play. Over his last 24 rounds, Vegas is top-2 in this field in tee-to-green, off-the-tee and ball striking over his last 24 rounds, and he’s gained more than three strokes on approach in his last two events. Jhonny has finished T3 here in the past, and he also was the 36-hole leader with a 62 on the card in the 2019 event before imploding Saturday. Perhaps his poor putting heats up this week with closer approach shots and proximity to the hole to give Vegas a shot to cash in top 10 or hit the jackpot.
Kramer Hickok ()
Hickok lost in an epic playoff in the recent Travelers Championship, and had he won, his odds would be lower here. After all, Hank Lebioda finished one shot out of the playoff last week, and his odds are cut to half of Hickok. The 29-year-old is very accurate off the tee and hits greens at a high rate. Those attributes will payoff this week, and Hickok’s around the green game has been spot on over his last 24 rounds to rank top five in this field. Add in his best rounds of putting at the Travelers and the comp course at TPC River Highlands where he shot four rounds in the 60’s, and the Texan could Hook ‘em this week and run like a Deere on the greens.
Scott Stallings ()
Stallings hits greens at a very solid rate, and his sub-par accuracy off the tee won’t be as problematic this week. His approach play was very good last week, and over a three event stretch in May, Stallings gains on the greens and putting was excellent. He could go low on one round, which makes prop bets like first round leader (+7000) appealing to bettors who like longshots that can get hot, but are not as reliable to sustain four solid rounds. Considering Stallings is top 12 in this field in birdies-or-better gained over his last 24 rounds, and you can see why longshots can offer appeal on a course where birdies are plentiful. Stallings has also had success at TPC Deere Run with three top-20 finishes including a T5 in his last four visits.
Bronson Burgoon ()
Burgoon is being overlooked with his odds considering he finished T2 here in 2018 and shot 19-under par. His stats stink over his last three events when he missed the cut each tournament. But a T13 at the Valspar on a comp Copperhead course that is undulating with elevation changes provides hope for recovery on a TPC Deere Run course where he had his best ever finish on the PGA TOUR.