Golf Rankings for John Deere Classic
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1. Steve Stricker [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #15

With three straight victories in the John Deere Classic (by a combined 68-under par), Stricker is the obvious top pick for this week’s tournament while facing a lackluster field. Stricker began the 2012 season with a victory and has totaled four top-10s and six finishes inside the top 25 in 11 events played. TPC Deere Run has been Stricker’s playground, sit back and enjoy.

2. Zach Johnson [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #12

Over the last three years in the John Deere Classic, Johnson has collected a pair of podium finishes, a T2 in 2009 and a T3 in 2011. Prior to a disappointing stretch of three events in June, ZJ had one win and a pair of runner-up performances in four starts. Johnson ranks fifth in strokes gained – putting, 10th in scoring average and ninth in All-Around Ranking.

3. Jonathan Byrd [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #114

During a stellar month of May, Byrd finished 12th or better in all four events with three top-10s. He would stumble in a difficult U.S. Open but is coming off a respectable T22 in The Greenbrier Classic. In this event Byrd’s resume is highlighted by a win from 2007 and a share of second in 2003, but missed the cut a year ago.

4. Ryan Palmer [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #58

Even though Palmer has missed the cut in three of his last four starts in the John Deere Classic, he’s playing well enough right now to look past that. Over his last six starts, Palmer owns three top-fives and five top-15s. Palmer ranks 10th in strokes gained – putting, 11th in scoring average and 13th in both driving distance and birdie average.

5. John Senden [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #54

Senden has taken nearly a full month off since an impressive top-10 finish in the U.S. Open. The rest should serve him well in his return to TPC Deere Run, a site he won at back in 2006. Senden ranks fourth in ball striking, fifth in greens in regulation percentage, 10th in birdie average and 16th in both total driving and All-Around Ranking.

6. Brendon de Jonge [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #74

After a T8 in the Travelers Championship and a T11 in the AT&T National, de Jonge finished a disappointing T52 in The Greenbrier Classic despite consecutive top-fives at the site. At TPC Deere Run he’s finished T7 each of the last two years, so recent history is on his side once again. Assuming last week was an anomaly, de Jonge should right the ship this week.

7. Charley Hoffman [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #83

Prior to skipping this event last year, Hoffman had finished T7 at TPC Deere Run in 2010 and T15 in 2009. He’s coming off a disappointing T67 in The Greenbrier Classic but recently earned a share of second in the Travelers Championship and a T22 in the AT&T National. Hoffman ranks 13th in total driving and 28th in All-Around Ranking.

8. Jeff Overton [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #190

Since making three straight cuts in the John Deere Classic from 2006-08 with one top-10, Overton has skipped the event each year until his planned return this week. Overton started the month of May with three missed cuts, but has converted four straight with three finishes of 22nd or better. He ranks 13th in birdie average and 28th in scoring average.

9. Sean O'Hair [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #156

Even though O’Hair hasn’t played TPC Deere Run since missing the cut in 2008, he does own a win from 2005. He’s also coming off a T7 in The Greenbrier Classic, his first top-10 finish since earning a share of second in the Sony Open back in January. O'Hair sits 12th in birdie average.

10. Tim Clark [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #121

In three starts at TPC Deere Run shattered over the last five years, Clark has three finishes inside the top 20, highlighted by a runner-up performance from 2007 and a T7 in 2010. It’s been a slow return since suffering an elbow injury in 2011, but Clark has finished 25th or better in three of his last five starts, including a season-high T4 in the Travelers Championship.

11. Nick Watney [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #49

Coming off his second top-10 in his last six starts, Watney is starting to look a little like the player that registered the most FedExCup points during the 2011 regular season. Watney has missed three cuts in four starts at TPC Deere Run, but has not competed at the site since 2008. If his game is indeed on the way back, Watney should benefit greatly from the low scores this track typically surrenders.

12. Seung-yul Noh [Yahoo Class C]

If not for a round of 1-over par on Sunday in The Greenbrier Classic, Noh would likely own four straight finishes inside top 20. The rookie had made 10 consecutive cuts and happens to be playing his best golf right now. Noh ranks 20th in driving distance and 26th in All-Around Ranking.