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John Deere Classic Preview

Monday, July 9, 2018



Golfers to Watch

Zach Johnson
As an Iowa native, this is his "fifth major" as he gets to play in the Midwest, close to home. This is the week he circles first every year. He's been T11 or better after 20 of his last 23 rounds played here at TPC Deere Run. Hard to go against that. 


Steve Stricker
Another Midwesterner who loves to head back home for this Midwest event. Stricker certainly has the results here as well (three wins and three other top 5s). However, his results are trending in the wrong direction as he ages, unlike ZJ. While Johnson has been hovering all over the top of the leaderboard, Stricker has actually been outside the top 25 here in 9 of his last 10 rounds played at TPC Deere Run. I can't call him a bad play by any means but if you are looking to fade one of these course horses, Stricker might be worht a look. 

Chesson Hadley
He was T5 through 36 holes here last year. He is one of the best approach players in the field/on TOUR and he can go lights out with the putter at any moment. He's lost a bit of steam over the spring and summer, but this might be a good chance for him to reward loyal owners. 


Patrick Rodgers
Not exactly a home event but somewhat close for this Indiana native. He got an invite here early in his career and he's now played the JDC six times, more than any other event for him. That knowledge paid off last year as he was the solo leader after 36 and 54 holes but ultimately got passed up by Bryson DeChambeau. Lots of good vibes for Rodgers this week in Silvis, Illinois.  


Nick Hardy
There has been a bit of buzz on Dylan Meyer recently but it's his old teammate that draws my eye as a sleeper. During this past season, Hardy finished as the top scorer in 8-of-13 starts at the University of Illinois. Meyer was the top man in just 3 of his 12 starts. Both golfers also played in this event last year (Hardy T55; Meyer MC). I'm not calling Meyer a bad play, I do think he provides some upside as well. I just think Hardy could be a little more off-the-radar and provides just as much potential. He reached as high as #10 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings. 


Norman Xiong
Sticking with the youngsters, this Oregon Duck standout really built a train of hype last week and then missed the cut on the number. Based on quotes from people that have seen him play in college, this 19-year-old is the real deal and we shouldn't give up faith based on one bad result. If you're playing DFS or another deep-league format, he will remain worth a little sprinkle of exposure anytime he tees it up. 


Francesco Molinari
During the week at TPC Potomac he said he has no intentions of changing his commitment to this event because he's using it to fulfill the "strength of field" rule where you must play a new event every four years. You could take that as a major negative if you want. At the same time, he said one of his biggest goals is to reach East Lake this year. This is another course with another thin field that should allow him to pad his FedExCup totals. 

Johnson Wagner
Wagner has three top 10s here and he was inside the top 5 at the midpoint of all three of those starts. If that's not a ringing endorsement for course history, I don't know what is. Of course, he is still Johnson Wagner and has missed the cut in 4 of his 8 starts here. Consider Wagner a decent boom-or-bust option this week when setting DFS lineups. 



 
Ranking the Field
Head over to Dave Tindall's Scottish Open Preview. Check back on Tuesday afternoon for our Expert Picks and Wednesday for the DFS Dish. 


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Josh Culp joined Rotoworld in 2014. The DFS enthusiast from Iowa State can be found on Twitter @futureoffantasy.
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