PGA DFS Coverage for the John Deere Classic
We will see a down week on the PGA Tour for the first time in nearly two months as the calendar shifts to July. The players take a trip to the Quad Cities and more specifically Silvis, Illinois for the John Deere Classic. This became an official event on the tour schedule in 1972. It has been sponsored by the Miller Brewing Company, Hardees, and since 1999, John Deere. TPC Deere Run has been the host course since 2000 and there are definitely players who love this tournament. Let’s get into details of this longstanding PGA Tour event.
The Field: John Deere Classic
We discussed last week about how after a major championship the fields are usually hit or miss. The Travelers sported a stellar field with the likes of Scottie Scheffler, Rory McIlory, Justin Thomas, and Xander Schauffele but this week, not so much. The top priced player on DraftKings is Webb Simpson and that’s mostly because of his course history. Adam Hadwin, Sahith Theegala, and Jason Day round out the players at 10K and above this week. There are a couple reasons that the field is as weak as it is, one being rest. A lot of these guys have played six to eight weeks straight and needed a break before the Scottish Open next week and the Open Championship the week after that. The other reason is the LIV Tour hosts their second event and first one on U.S. soil in Portland, Oregon this weekend. Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Reed, Brooks Koepka and others will be making their debuts in that event.
The Course: TPC Deere Run
This course will never be known as one of the tougher on the PGA Tour schedule. The average winning score over the last seven editions is a little lower than 21 under par. Michael Kim won this event in 2018 at 27 under. It is a Par 71 and reaches 7,268 yards. We need scorers in our lineups, guys who can go low consistently over four days. If a player hopes to stay in contention, they will have to shoot an average of 66 each day to stay with the pack. Players who have had success on this course hit the fairways a little over fifty percent of the time while they hit the greens close to seventy-five percent. It is known as a second shot golf course, meaning that these guys are firing at pins all day long. You don’t have to pay up for bombers this weekend when you look over the players who have had success here like Harris English, Chez Reavie, Jordan Spieth and Russell Knox.
The Weather for the John Deere Classic: Silvis, Illinois
We do not have any significant weather concerns this weekend, that’s the positive. It will be hot with temps in the mid to upper 80s throughout the event. I would actually say that the humidity will be the biggest challenge for these players, trying to keep cool while playing in the middle of the day.
How To Watch The John Deere Classic
The coverage for the John Deere Classic will be quite easy to follow. Rounds 1 and 2 on Thursday and Friday will air from 4-7pm ET on the Golf Channel. The weekend coverage will start on Golf Channel from 1-2:30p ET before moving over to CBS from 3-6pm ET.
John Deere Classic Coverage from Fantasy Alarm
A full PGA DFS Playbook will be available on DFSAlarm.com Wednesday morning at 10am ET. We will also have a full run of PGA DFS example lineups available beginning at 2:30pm ET. We also help you with DFS lineup construction with our usual tools like our PGA DFS Lineup Generator and a full run of PGA DFS projections.
I look forward to getting more in-depth in my PGA DFS Playbook. As always, I wish you nothing but the best of luck in your games.
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