The John Deere Classic
Now on to the John Deere classic this week, the field overall is not too exciting since majority of the players are jumping the pond early for the Open in two weekends. However, it is still DFS and we still have access to all of the PGA stats out there for the field.
The event is played at TPC Deere Run located in Silvis, IL, not far from John Deere Headquarters. Golfers that have grown up in the Midwest have had success at this course (i.e. Steve Stricker from the Cheesehead state and Iowa native Zach Johnson). Take a look at the previous winners below:
2011 – Steve Stricker
2012 – Zach Johnson
2013 – Jordan Spieth
2014 – Brian Harman
2015 – Jordan Spieth
2016- Ryan Moore
2017 – Bryson DeChambeau
You can start to notice a trend with the players that have won here, they are great putters on the green. TPC Deere Run is a Par 71 playing at 7,268 yards. This course features a rolling landscape with dramatic elevation changes on a number of holes. Fairways are wide and easy to hit, which really puts an emphasis on the second shot for the Par 4’s (11 on the course) and Par 5’s (3 on the course). So with this in mind, I am going to be weighting SG: T2G heavily as always, GIR% second for those birdie opportunities, SG: Around the Green and take a look at guys that putt well on Bent greens. This course will be seeing some low scores over the weekend that could approach 20 under par weather permitting.
SG: Tee to Green: This is the most consistent statistic each week that we utilize to target the best ball strikers. It is important that our players are dialed in from their tee shot to the green to avoid having to scramble and lose biridie opportunities.
Par 4 Scoring: With 11 Par 4’s on the course and only 3 Par 5’s, we want the players that can gain an edge on the Par 4’s. These holes will be important to avoid any big numbers. This will allow us to gain strokes on the field by playing the Par 4’s well.
Greens in Regulation %: We want to target the players with the highest GIR%. This will help us find the players that are comfortable with their approach shots. The more greens our players hit, the less we have to sweat.
Birdie or Better %: We want those birdie makers to pad the stats for our lineups rather than playing par golf. The more scoring the better on Draftkings.
Putting on Bent Greens