Golf Rankings for John Deere Classic
Steve Stricker [Yahoo Class C]
Stricker won three consecutive times in the John Deere Classic from 2009-11. He played well enough last year to earn a T5 result. Stricker hasn’t played this season since a T8 showing in the U.S. Open, ending a streak of three tournaments in which he finished 20th or worse. There’s no sure thing in golf, but Stricker at TPC Deere Run is as close as it gets.
Zach Johnson [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #17
Since a season-high solo third at Colonial, Johnson has missed two cuts and has finished outside of the top 55 in his last three starts. He hasn’t been particularly sharp, but course history and the strength of this field gives ZJ the green light. Johnson is the defending champ at TPC Deere Run and has recorded three podium finishes over the last four years.
Keegan Bradley [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #108
Since April, Bradley has missed three cuts in seven starts. His T18 at Cromwell marks his best showing since a runner-up performance at the Byron Nelson, illustrating his boom or bust nature. Bradley is playing TPC Deere Run for the first time. He’s still good for fourth in total driving and 13th in All-Around Ranking.
Jordan Spieth [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #2
Spieth entered the final round of last week’s Greenbrier Classic in fourth, but dropped to finish T23. He’ll turn 20 years old this month and is playing TPC Deere Run for the second time. Spieth finished T58 in 2012, the final start of the five he made last season.
Ryan Moore [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #46
After a two-year absence, Moore returned to TPC Deere Run last year to finish T8. Moore has finished inside the top 15 in two of his last three starts, most recently a T7 at Cromwell.
Brendon de Jonge [Yahoo Class A]
After finishing T7 in both the 2010 and 2011 editions of the John Deere Classic, de Jonge finished T19 a year ago. He’s coming off a T17 in last week’s Greenbrier Classic after a forgettable June. De Jonge is 24th in total driving and 17th in All-Around Ranking.
Charley Hoffman [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #34
Hoffman hasn’t played the John Deere Classic since a T15 in 2009 and a T7 in 2010. He’s made seven straight cuts with four top-30s. The Hoff is good for eighth in birdie average and seventh in All-Around Ranking.
Scott Stallings [Yahoo Class C]
Stallings looked as though he was cooling off following a recent hot streak of three consecutive finishes inside the top five. However, he’s coming off a solid T23 last week at the Greenbrier and should be able to bounce right back. Stalling finished T22 in his 2011 John Deere debut, but missed last year’s cut.
John Senden [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #104
Senden finished T12 in the 2010 John Deere Classic, but skipped the event in 2011. He returned last year with a solo fourth. Senden is riding a season-long streak of four consecutive cuts made and a solid T30 at the Greenbrier.
Louis Oosthuizen [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #13
Oosthuizen appears to have overcome his recent hip injury with a T17 showing in last week’s Greenbrier Classic. His lone appearance at TPC Deere Run was a missed cut in 2011.
Boo Weekley [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #150
Weekley has missed two straight cuts since winning at Colonial and placing T27 at TPC Southwind. Boo missed the cut in last year’s John Deere, his first trip to the site since a T21 back in 2010. Weekley is currently eighth in total driving and 24th in All-Around Ranking.
Nick Watney [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #167
Watney has made two straight cuts after missing a season high three in a row. He finished T13 in last year’s John Deere, his first appearance at TPC Deere Run since missing the cut in 2008.
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