The PGA Tour heads to Silvis, Illinois for the 2018 John Deere Classic. Taking place at TPC Deere Run, a par 71, 7,268 yards course, and Jennings Mill Country Club, a par 72, 7,004 yards course, the John Deere Classic is light on star power.
Zach Johnson might be the best known PGA golfer to hit the courses this week. The reason? Next week is The Open Championship. We’ll have a couple of blogs on that major championship of the year. For now, keep reading for the 2018 John Deere Classic betting preview and picks for the John Deere Classic!
2018 John Deere Classic Betting Preview and Picks
Finding the winner of a PGA Tournament is incredibly difficult. Let’s take a look at the favorites, second choices, and underdogs.
- Franceso Molinari +1000
- Bryson DeChambeau +1000
- Zach Johnson +1200
Molinari didn’t even tee off at last year’s John Deere Classic. He did win the Quicken Loans Arena a couple of weeks ago, though. He also finished a respectable 25th at the U.S. Open. That’s why he’s garnered favoritism.
DeChambeau won this tournament last year. He’ll be in the hunt, but of the favorites, Zach Johnson appears best suited to taking home the trophy. He was only 3 strokes off DeChambeau, -15 to -18, at the 2017 John Deere Classic.
2018 John Deere Classic Favorites Pick: Zach Johnson
The Second Choices
- Joaquinn Niemann +1600
- Ryan Moore +1800
- Kyle Stanley +2000
- Steve Stricker +2000
- Brandt Snedeker +2200
Moore didn’t even make the cut in last year’s tournament. He’s most likely in this tournament to practice shots for The Open Championship. Niemann finished tied at -6 with Brandt Snedeker at the Greenbrier Classic last weekend. Snedeker offers +2200 odds. Niemann offers +1600 odds.
Snedeker could use this as a warm up to The Open Championship. That means the pick in the second choices category is old pro Steve Stricker. Stricker lives in reality. He’s got to take his shots when they come up. Winning the John Deere Classic is something he can do this weekend. Winning The Open next week? Probably not.
2018 John Deere Classic Pick: Steve Stricker
- Chesson Hadley +3000
- Austin Cook +4000
- Wesley Bryan +4000
- Chris Kirk +4500
- David Lingmerth +5000
- Andrew Landry +5000
Chris Kirk only shot a 6 under at last year’s John Deere Classic. At -6, Kirk was well off winner Bryson DeChambeau’s -18. However, Kirk did play well at the FedEx St. Jude Classic in his last between June 7 and June 10.
Kirk hasn’t played competitively since then. My guess is that he’s been pointing towards the John Deere Classic. He most likely won’t make the trip overseas to battle in The Open Championship like Ryan Moore and Brandt Snedeker.
I believe he’s got a huge shot to win the John Deere Classic trophy at amazing odds.
2018 John Deere Classic Pick: Chris Kirk