Steve Stricker has won each of the past three John Deere Classic tournaments at the TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Illinois, and the veteran shotmaker with the precision putting stroke is listed as the heavy 7/1 favorite on the golf betting odds at Bovada to win the event again this week on the PGA Tour.
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Stricker shines in spotlight at TPC Deere Run
Currently ranked just outside the Top 10 at No. 13 on the updated official world golf rankings, it’s been a remarkable reign of success for Stricker at the par-71, 7,257-yard TPC Deere Run where he’s already recorded one quarter of his dozen career titles on the PGA Tour golf betting odds.
His current streak of domination began in 2009 when Stricker shot 20-under par - including carding 61 in the second round and a final-round score of 64 – to defeat runners-up Zach Johnson, Brandt Snedeker, and Brett Quigley by three strokes.
In 2010 he was even better, posting an opening-round score of 60 and shooting 62 on Saturday to cruise to a two-shot victory over second-place Paul Goydos (who shot a rare 59 in his first round) with a tournament-record final score of 26-under par.
Then last year Stricker delivered considerable drama along the way to his third straight title, carding birdie on the final two holes - including draining a 25-foot putt from the fringe at the last - to nip runner-up Kyle Stanley by one shot and finish at 22-under par. Stricker’s scoring average over those past dozen rounds he’s played at TPC Deere Run is a sizzling 65.33, as he guns for his fourth consecutive crown beginning Thursday.
Stricker already has a win under his belt this year at the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions, as well as a sixth-place finish at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and Top 10 results at both WGC events. Most recently he finished T15 at the U.S. Open last month and wound up T22 last week at The Greenbrier Classic (69-67-68-68).
Johnson, Byrd have had previous success
Johnson, who shot 17-under par for his T2 in 2009 and also wound up with that same score in finishing T3 last year, is the obvious second choice behind Stricker on the golf betting odds at 12/1.
The 2007 Masters champion won the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial earlier this year, and currently sits at No. 17 in the official world golf rankings. Johnson is also the highest-ranked player in the field in the FedExCup standings at No. 6.
Nick Watney, ranked No. 30 in the world, is at 20/1 odds, while 2007 John Deere Classic champion Jonathan Byrd is at 25/1 odds and coming off a T22 finish at the Greenbrier. Byrd also has five Top 10 results so far this season and hasn’t missed a cut since the Arnold Palmer Invitational back in March.
Ryan Palmer, also at 25/1 odds, has been coming on strong in recent weeks with five Top 15 finishes in his past six events while climbing to No. 38 in the FedExCup standings.
Winners worth a look at John Deere Classic
Stanley (50/1 odds), Carl Pettersson (40/1), Mark Wilson (80/1), and Greenbrier champ Ted Potter Jr. (150/1) are the 2012 PGA Tour winners who will join Stricker and Johnson in chasing their second win of the season. 2006 John Deere Classic winner John Senden and 2005 champion Sean O’Hair are both listed at 40/1 odds.
Brandon De Jonge, Jeff Overton, Seung-Yul Noh, and Tim Clark are each at 33/1 odds, with Charley Hoffman, Charles Howell III, Robert Garrigus, and Ryan Moore joining Pettersson, Senden, and O’Hair at 40/1.
John Daly, coming off a T12 last week at the Greenbrier, is among the longshots at 125/1.
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