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PGA DFS & Fantasy Golf Preview for the John Deere Classic 2022

Jason Rouslin

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There is one more week before the PGA Tour and stars of the golf world assemble on foreign soil for two weeks. Before that, the tour heads to Illinois for the only pro event in the state for this year, the 2022 John Deere Classic at TPC Deere Run. It is typically held the week before the British Open, with players qualifying for both events earning a charter across the ocean as a perk of the event. However, this year it will give way to the Scottish Open next week, the first time ever that it will be a PGA Tour event. Many of the world’s best will take the week off, with no golfers ranked inside the top 10 in the world competing at the John Deere. But with plenty of big prize pools being offered and golf bets to be made, we start this article with a preview of TPC Deere Run and the players scheduled to tee it up this week.

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Course Facts and Figures

Par 71: 7,600 yards

Hole Dispersion

  • Four par 3’s: 186, 226, 215, 158
  • 11 par 4’s: 454, 433, 367, 427, 432, 424, 361, 484, 503
  • Three par 5’s: 561, 596, 569

Grass Types

  • Grass Type: Bent
  • Average green size: 5,500 square feet
  • Water Hazards: 3
  • Number of Bunkers: 78

Statistical Averages for TPC Deere Run

  • Driving Accuracy: 71.4%
  • Average Driving Distance: 289.5
  • Greens In Regulation: 73.5%
  • Most Frequent Range of Approach Shots: 125-150

Designer

Donald Ross — Redesign by Robert Trent Jones


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Only three holes make up under 3% of the total DFS scoring this week, as few holes pose that difficult a challenge. In fact, only the 18th hole last year saw fewer than 50 birdies for the week.

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  • Number of golfers ranked inside the top 10 of the OWGR: 0
  • Number of golfers ranked inside the top 50 of the OWGR: 0
  • Strength of the field for a non-major (0-10, lower numbers represent a stronger field): No. 9 (worst SOF outside of alternate field events)

Course History at TPC Deere Run

Because of its spot on the schedule, this tournament is typically seen as an “alternate field” event, even though by FedEx Cup standards it’s still a full event. That’s vitally important for some of the golfers teeing it up this week that are not in the top 125 of the FedEx Cup Standings and need a big week here to get there. The event wasn’t played in 2020 due to COVID-19 but has been a staple on tour for quite some time.

Daniel Berger tries to make this a yearly stop but has also withdrawn from the event before it started a few times. He’s played three times in the past five years, coming in 5th, 33rd and 34th. None of the other top-ranked golfers here had played since 2016, when Adam Hadwin came in eighth. Lucas Glover, the defending champion of the event, also came in 10th in 2019 and 25th in 2017, some of the best history here. Adam Schenk is working off of back-to-back top-sixes, including a fourth-place finish last year. Charles Howell III, who has been Mr. Consistent his entire career, has made six straight cuts at the event, including three straight top-23s. However, all of these results pale in comparison to the king of TPC Deere Run, Zach Johnson, who has finished first, second, second and third in four straight years for one of the best four-year runs at any course. However, that was all the way back in 2012, and while he still hasn’t missed a cut in the last 10 years, he hasn’t finished better than 16th in the previous three years.

Other golfers with multiple top-10s at this event who have also played at least one of the last two tournaments here include Ryan Moore, Andrew Landry and Scott Brown. Sam Ryder, John Huh, Patrick Rodgers, Vaughn Taylor, Chris Stroud and Johnson Wagner have also found success at the John Deere.

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With such a weak field, predicting it becomes even more challenging, and ownership becomes even more concentrated. No golfer over 15% owned finished in the top 10 last season, providing an average ownership of 6.46%, one of the lowest of the year. The most important statistic outside of putting once again becomes the approach; with no drivable par 4’s and only three par 5’s, length isn’t that much of a help here this week. In fact, only Cameron Champ and Brandon Hagy finished inside the top 20 of the event and gained over four strokes off the tee.

  • Strokes Gained Off the Tee: 0.25
  • Strokes Gained on Approach: 0.856
  • Strokes Gained Around the Green: 0.35
  • Strokes Gained Putting: 1.134
  • DFS Points: 110.9
  • Average DFS Salary: $7,980
  • Ownership: 6.46%

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Jason established his roots in the littlest state that could...Rhode Island. But after 29 years of bitter cold, and only being able to play golf 4 months a year, upended those roots and moved to Florida. Now four years later, Jason is a husband to Sarah and father of two boys, James & Myles. A dog and more specifically Lab lover (Bella), he dedicates his time to serve as the lead of PGA content at Awesemo.com. In the time he is not diving into the PGA stats and covering this week's current tournament, you can find him researching and trading stocks, on the golf course, at Disney World, on a hike, or somewhere in between. Want to chat? Have a question about Golf/Stocks or anything else? Hop on twitter and give him a message @dfsgolfer23. You can also contact Jason by emailing [email protected].

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