The 2022 edition of the John Deere Classic continues the PGA Tour this week but there’s a mixed field descending on the TPC Deere Run course in Silvis Illinois. Attention will shortly switch to Europe for the Scottish Open and the Open Championship and many of the top golfers are already making the trip.
The tournament also provides a final chance to qualify for the Open and that’s why many of the big names, who are already involved in the final Major, will choose to take advantage of a rest. With several high-profile absentees, the quality may be lacking but it can lead to some good returns if we can make the right call with our 2022 John Deere Classic predictions and betting picks for this preview.
Following the withdrawal of Daniel Berger overnight, the new favorite is Webb Simpson who starts at best industry odds of 12/1 with the big-name USA sportsbooks. Simpson tied for 13th at the Travelers Championship on Sunday and is just getting back to his best following that neck injury.
Behind the market leader, we have something of a gap to Adam Hadwin who is available at a general 16/1. The Canadian has two top 20 finishes in his only two starts in this event but this is his first appearance since 2016.
Further back at 20/1 is Sahith Theegala who came through to tie for second on Sunday. He’s looking a certainty for the Rookie of the Year award and could well come through in a much weaker field.
Then comes Denny McCarthy, who is quoted at a top price of 28/1. Brendon Todd and Patrick Rodgers are both at 33/1 while Charles Howell III and Scott Stallings are next at 34/1 in places. Of those names, Rodgers has a runner-up slot after finishing one stroke behind Bryson DeChambeau in 2017. Stallings, however, has a more consistent record with four top 25 finishes in five appearances.
Moving through, Jason Day and Maverick McNealy are both listed at best odds of 35/1. McNealy is attracting some interest this week as a solid player with good all-round stats. He is placed 42nd in the FedEx Cup and tied for 18th here last year. Those aren’t exceptional returns but in the context of a weaker field, McNealy is one to watch.
Other golfers to be considered from within this section include Adam Long and Christiaan Bezuidenhout at 40/1.
This year’s defending champion heads up the list of outsiders. Lucas Glover won the John Deere Classic by two strokes last year and he slots in at 50/1 for a repeat. Glover has no great record outside of this event but it is worth noting that he tied for tenth in the previous edition in 2019.
Next up are Chez Reavie and J.T. Poston who are both available at an industry best of 55/1. Poston also tied for second on Sunday after a first round of 62 and his exceptional putting could line him up for a high finish this week.
Others to look at in this packed outside section include C.T. Pan at 60/1, Cameron Champ at 66/1, Lanto Griffin at 66/1, Kevin Streelman at 66/1, Anirban Lahiri at 70/1, Steve Stricker at 75/1 and Dylan Fritelli at 80/1. Of those names Fritelli is a former champion having won the John Deere Classic by two strokes in a stronger field back in 2019. Steve Stricker is a multiple champion but we have to go back to 2011 to find the last of his three titles.
Our Preview’s John Deere Classic Course & Betting Trends with Predictions & Picks
The competition first saw light as the Quad Cities Open in 1971. In fifty years of competition, only six men have won the tournament more than once. Jordan Spieth was the last man to double up when he followed his breakthrough victory in 2013 with a further John Deere Classic title two years later.
The TPC Deere Run course is located in Silvis, Illinois and it offers a par 71 with moderate length at just over 7,200 yards. Since last year’s edition, a number of bunkers have been shifted to offer greater protection to greens and fairways. That extra defense is needed as the competition frequently turns into a shootout with the putter. Scoring is low with averages generally just above 69.
It makes it even tougher to call and this may be a week to focus on the top 10 finish markets. If pushed to name a winner, this preview goes for Maverick McNealy, who we were talking up in the round-up. He has solid form and good quality in this weaker field but needs to be on fire with the flatstick if he is to deliver. McNealy for the win is the main pick alongside three more top 10 finish betting tips:
- Maverick McNealy to win @ best odds of +3000 (30/1) with EveryGame. He is 28/1 with Bovada and BetOnline.
- Top 10 Finish Picks (all odds with BetOnline, who are longest on these golf players): McNealy (+350), Lucas Glover (+450), J.T. Poston (+550) and Cameron Champ (+550).
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