The PGA Tour makes its annual stop in Illinois for the John Deere Classic this week.
Interestingly, this event has been the last chance for top PGA Tour pros to hone their game before the annual pilgrimage to the Open Championship in recent years but this year, it’s the penultimate opportunity with the PGA Tour co-sanctioning the Scottish Open with the European Tour next week.
John Deere Classic 2022
June 30 to July 3, 2022 at TPC Deere Run
Par 71, 7257 yards
John Deere Expectations
The TPC Deere Run has always been one of the easier stops on the PGA Tour with some years better than 25-under par needed to be a John Deere Champion. With low scoring being the order of the day, Bentgrass greens specialists often come to the fore.
The D.A. Weibring design is located on the north bank of the Rock River and has an abundance of elevation changes to test the professionals.
Adam Schenk Analysis
Adam Schenk has quickly become something of a TPC Deere Run expert in recent seasons with 4th place here last year and 6th in 2019.
I normally like good recent form, so last week’s effort at the Travelers would be of concern but he’s never made the cut at TPC River Highlands so I’m not too worried.
It was his strong efforts at the Memorial Tournament and the US Open prior that caught my attention in the context that this event was around the corner.
Schenk Familiarity With the Area
The thirty-year-old from Indiana is likely more familiar with the area than most, living only three hours away.
With some of golf’s premier players missing the John Deere Classic due to the Open Championship looming or LIV Golf in Portland, this week’s event offers Adam Schenk a realistic opportunity for a first PGA Tour title.
The strength of Adam Schenk’s game is his putting and in the John Deere Classic that is of paramount importance for success, add into that his familiarity with the agronomy here.
Golf Pick: Adam Schenk top 10 (+600) with BetOnline
Adam Svensson Analysis
It’s been a consistent 2021/2022 PGA Tour campaign for Canadian, Adam Svensson with two top 10 finishes at the Honda Classic and Sony Open.
The twenty-eight-year-old is just lacking that one podium finish and recent efforts at his native, Canadian Open, and last week’s Travelers Championship offer encouragement one is due.
Throughout his career, Svensson has been a regular winner at the lower level of the Korn Ferry Tour when shooting low numbers was a prerequisite.
His strength is his approach play, leaving himself with a slew of birdie chances which is important this week.
Interestingly, Svensson managed to get a start in the 2019 John Deere Classic when he finished an extremely creditable 18th.
Improvement and Jump
Three years on, the improvement and jump in level from the Canadian are palpable so there’s every reason to expect him to better that effort this year.
Adam Svensson is a must-pick for me this week in the John Deere Classic so add him at +5500 with Everygame amongst your best golf bets at BMR.
Golf Pick: Adam Svensson win (+5500) with Everygame
Hank Lebioda Analysis
Left-hander, Hank Lebioda appears to be threatening to find his best form in the middle of the year like 2021.
Last year the twenty-eight-year-old from Orlando in Florida managed an 8th place finish on his second start at TPC Deere Run.
That came at the end of a purple patch in form that saw him accumulate consecutive top 10s prior at the Travelers Championship and the Rocket Mortgage Classic.
Recent Indicators An Upswing in Form
Lebioda hasn’t managed a top 10 finish since but there have been recent indicators an upswing in form is around the corner. 28th at the Canadian Open was an eye-catching result followed by opening last week’s Travelers Championship with a four-under-par opening 66.
Sadly, Lebioda fell away in round two but the upside to that is that his actual result has preserved some juice in his price for this week.
Hank Lebioda Game Strength
Like Adam Schenk, the strength in Hank Lebioda’s game is his putting and ability to go low when in form.
My feeling is to keep stakes modest on Hank Lebioda amongst your best golf bets this week but he’s worth taking at the attractive price of +10000 with BetOnline
Golf Pick: Hank Lebioda win (+10000) with BetOnline
Golf Pick: Hank Lebioda top 10 (+900) with BetOnline
Sam Ryder Analysis
It was particularly eye-catching to see Sam Ryder back to something resembling his best form last week at the Travelers Championship.
At one of Ryder’s favorite events, the thirty-two-year-old from Florida snapped a wicked poor run of seven missed cuts dating back to the second week in March.
Ryder’s Best Form
Previous seasons have seen some of Ryder’s best form come in these correlating weeks of the year and indeed he has been runner-up at this week’s John Deere Classic in 2018.
Sam Ryder has always been a player whose pendulum of form can have huge peaks and troughs but once in form and striking the ball well he can be a player to follow.
I really like this week’s price of +12500 with GTbets about Sam Ryder’s chances.
Golf Pick: Sam Ryder top 10 (+1000) with BetOnline
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