John Deere Classic: 5 Players to Watch

July 8, 2015

TPC Deere Run is the place to go low on the PGA Tour. In 2014 the course played to a 69.764 scoring average, making it the seventh easiest course on Tour. Last year, 56 eagles and 1,844 birdies were recorded, the most of any Tour course. Eleven of the 18 holes played under par, and the 14th hole was the easiest par 4 on Tour with a 3.613 average. Forty-three percent of golfers who played it made either eagle or birdie. Why is Deere Run so easy? Wide fairways. In 2014, players hit 69.87 percent of the fairways. Only at Pinehurst and Kapalua did players find the short grass at a higher rate.

Player  2014  2013  2012  2011  2010  Notes
Zach Johnson  2 T2 Win T3 T21 Finished top-3 in five of last six starts here, 25th in birdie average in ‘15
Steve Stricker  T11 T10 T5 Win Win 115 under in his last 24 rounds at TPC Deere Run
Jordan Spieth  T7 Win T58 DNP DNP 41 under in his last 12 rounds in Tour, T2 in birdie average this year
Kevin Kisner  T20 DNP Cut Cut DNP Has lost three sudden-death playoffs in his last eight starts
Jerry Kelly  T3 T4 T36 Cut DNP Broken par in last 12 John Deere rounds, 50th in birdie average in ‘15

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