The John Deere Classic can springboard a golfer’s career, and although the big names aren’t in the field, it should be an exciting four days.
Online bettings are headed by Daniel Berger, who is the only player quoted at single-figure odds. There are plenty of chasers, including last week’s winner Cameron Davis.
Only seven players have won back-to-back tournaments since 2014, but his swing is in the slot and he shouldn’t be overlooked.
John Deere Classic Top Pick – Cameron Davis
The Australian was clutch down the stretch in the Rocket Mortgage Classic and there is no reason to jump off his back.
He is a 26-year-old who had a successful amateur campaign and it was only a matter of time before he won. Now, we fancy his chances of scoring consecutive wins.
Davis chipped in for eagle on 17 before making birdie down the last to force a playoff. Despite not making putts in the playoff, he came out ahead to score his maiden PGA Tour victory.
“I don’t really have any (playing) experiences in the past that kind of prepared me for it,” reported Fox Sports.
“I was just trying to think about what I was doing at that moment. I think that’s one of the reasons why I was able to keep going. Letting your mind jump forward to how long this could last or what’s happened before, those sort of things don’t always help me, so I did a really good job of just keeping it in the present.”
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— Golf Monthly (@GolfMonthly) July 5, 2021
Backing players the week following a breakthrough can be tough. If Davis went out partying, his mind might not be on the job. However, he is a professional type that focuses on improving his golf.
He knows the field isn’t at full strength in the John Deere Classic, so it’s a good time to strike while the iron is hot.
Pick: Cameron Davis +2800
John Deere Classic Next Best – Sungjae Im
Sungjae Im didn’t make headlines last week but he was only three shots behind Davis.
The South Korean is 23 years old. He already owns a PGA Tour victory in the 2020 Honda Classic, which bodes well for this tournament.
With four professional wins on his record and quality performances in majors, Im is always a player worth following. He finished T2 at The Masters last year before recording a T17 finish at the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island.
He followed it with consecutive missed cuts, but he’s back to playing well and there has been a solid betting move. His odds are now into +1400 and they could shorten to around +1100 before tee-off time.
Pick: Sangjae Im (+1400)
John Deere Classic Best Value – Beau Hossler
The former college player for Texas turned professional a little too soon for our liking, but the 26-year-old has been playing much better recently.
He recorded a top 20 finish at the Palmetto Championship before going T10 at the Travelers Championship. Last week’s performance when registering a top 25 was also excellent, so he’s not far off producing his best.
— Tom Jacobs (@TomJacobs93) June 29, 2021
Hossler also has experience finishing 29th in the 2012 U.S. Open as an amateur. He was only 17 at the time, so he was exposed to top-level golf early.
Golf odds markets have Hossler at +6000, which is too good to pass up.
John Deere Classic Upset Chance – Andrew Putnam
He’s not the golfer on everyone’s lips, but Andrew Putnam could be the next unexpected one to win on the PGA Tour.
The 32-year-old missed the cut last week but finished T13 at the Travelers Championship a week prior.
His best performance this season came when finishing fourth at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill. There is plenty to like about that performance, especially finishing only five shots behind winner Bryson DeChambeau.
It followed a fifth at the Puerto Rico Open, so there is no reason why Andrew Putnam couldn’t win at astronomical odds.