In no particular order, here are my top 5 players to look out for this week at the John Deere Classic:
Steve Stricker: looking to become the first 4-time winner of the JDC, Stricker will be making his 17th appearance! He is familiar with the course and finished T5 last year marking his 8th top-10 in 16 starts. Along with two victories on the PGA Champions Tour this season, Stricker has 3 top-25's in 7 starts on the PGA Tour including a T20 finish at the U.S. Open.
Francesco Molinari: After a weeks rest from his victory at the Quicken Loans National where he tore up the course winning by 8 strokes, look for Molinari to keep this hot streak he has going. He's won 2 events in his last 4 starts (BMW PGA).
Joaquin Niemann: it feels like I put this kid here almost every event the past couple of weeks, but his numbers don't lie. Fresh off a T5 finish at The Greenbrier and earning his PGA Tour Card, Niemann has accumulated 4 top-10 finishes in his 8 professional starts. The 19 year old seems to not be phased by any pressure as he is dialed in when it comes to Sundays.
Joaquin Niemann in the final round on the PGA Tour:— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGC) July 8, 2018
5 rounds of 67 or better
66.5 scoring average
Bryson DeChambeau: The John Deere Classic's defending champion, who in 2017-2018, has racked up seven top 10's and ten top 25 finishes, seems very determined to defend his title. Winning at Muirfield earlier this season, he has a chance to take over the FedEx Cup lead with another victory this week.
Zach Johnson: A John Deere Classic board member, Johnson CRUSHES TPC Deere Run. He is 9-9 at TPC Deere Run with a victory back in 2012, 3 second place finishes, and 2 third place finishes. Johnson is a combined 148-under par at the JDC and has shot even par or better in 41 of his last 42 rounds here. Like is said, he OWNS this course