One of the toughest wagers in all of online sports betting is choosing the winner of a PGA Tour event, but handicapping the field is often not as difficult as you might imagine. Checking back at the history of a particular event is always a good way to go, as players seem to have courses where they are able to excel. A couple of those types of guys will be in action this weekend at the John Deere Classic in Illinois.
Closer Look at the John Deere Classic Golf Betting Preview and Event Info
Date: Thursday Jul 9 – Sunday Jul 12, 2015
Venue: Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois
Winning Share: $846,000
Since 2009, Steve Stricker and Zach Johnson have either been first or second, which mean they would be an excellent bet for anyone looking to make a few bucks. Johnson was close to winning the event at the TPC Deere Run last year, but he was taken down by eventual winner Brian Harman, who went on a major birdie frenzy on the back 9. Harman will also be in attendance this year, and having some money on the defending champion is never a bad idea, although you have to consider that this was the first tour win for Harman, so it’s not as though he is a regular winner.
One player that is going to be getting a lot of play is Jordan Spieth. The John Deere Classic was his first win on tour, which he accomplished at the tender age of 19, back in 2013. It is what Spieth has accomplished this year that makes him the clear favorite for this one. He already has a pair of majors under his belt this year, and appears to be on a roll. The one thing that might go against him here is that he may be looking forward to the British Open in hopes of filling his majors trophy cabinet a little more.
As we mentioned earlier, Zach Johnson has always performed well at this particular tournament. He always seems to be there or thereabouts on Sunday, and he does not have the pressure of having to perform at the upcoming British Open. He and Stricker will also likely get a lot of the betting money because of how they have performed here over the years. If you are looking for a dark horse in the tournament, you might want to consider Robert Streb, who just nabbed a second place finish at the Greenbriar Classic despite having to putt with a wedge after damaging his putter.
My Betting Prediction
With Spieth likely to get the majority of the bettor’s money, there is a good chance that you will get Zach Johnson at a very decent price. That is where I will be putting my money.