2014 John Deere Classic - Vegas Odds, Free Picks, + Tee Times
Teeing off the week before the 2014 British Open will be the 2014 John Deere Classic. What makes this tournament a bit different from the others that come just before a Major Championship is the fact that the Open Championship will be across the Atlantic over in Europe. That means more travel, which can sometimes lead to a weaker field. It's hard to say what to expect for the 2014 John Deere Classic, but what can be said is that in years past the field has been solid. Those who have played like it so much that they continue to play even if they must leave Sunday night to get to the British Open overseas.
TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Illinois rewards those players who have a history with the course. Often the same players who have played well here in the past will continue to do so. Steve Stricker has three wins, and when he hasn't won he is still right up there in contention. The same can be said for guys like Zach Johnson. A familiarity with this venue certainly helps, but it is not always the case.
For television coverage, check out all of the players in the field Thursday and Friday on Golf Channel before the cut. The final 36 holes can be seen on CBS until the last putt drops.
TPC Deere Run, Silvis, Illinois
Deere Run is a Midwest masterpiece. The par-71 course stretches over 7,256 yards of Illinois' finest turf and gentlest landscape, though this PGA Tour course is also home to several difficult holes.
Built on land previously used as an Arabian horse farm, Deere Run was designed by former Tour golfer D.A. Weibring. The course, accented by natural ravines and scenic ponds, is framed in oak trees that cut down on wind in the hot July months when Tour pros flock the fairways for the John Deere Classic. The tournament started in 2000 and was recently won by Jordan Spieth, a 19-year-old golf pro. He made a spectacular putt on the fifth hole during a three-way sudden death playoff.
Golf Digest ranked TPC Deere Run as one of the top public courses in the United States. Its central location adds to the course's aesthetic and heartland feel.
Before we can give you the full Vegas odds for the John Deere Classic, we'll need to wait for the preceding Tour events—including the Greenbrier Classic—to wind down. Most of the time, Vegas PGA odds are available on the Monday following the wind-down of the previous tournament event. We'll have those Vegas odds for you as soon as possible, so check back here regularly.
We're excited to offer you not only our pick to win, but also our dark horse pick—a player who is doing quite well and could end up prevailing, but is nevertheless flying under the radar. Before we can offer these tidbits, of course, we will need to thoroughly evaluate the way the players are performing. Check back shortly after the Vegas odds are released and we'll give you our picks.
Once more, we must ask you to check back later for this information. The tee times and pairings are historically revealed just a few hours in advance of the first round's beginning—36 hours, in some cases, and certainly no more than a week ahead of time. We will have this information, including our picks to win each round, as soon as possible, so bookmark this page for later!
2013 John Deere Classic
The 2013 winner of the John Deere Classic strayed away from an experienced player. In fact, it was the first teenager in 82 years to win on the PGA Tour. Jordan Spieth was in college at this point last year at the University of Texas; now he is a PGA Tour winner. The 19-year-old won in a playoff over Zach Johnson and David Hearn. Spieth did something that not even Tiger Woods accomplished when he was a teenager. The victory got Spieth into the British Open the next week as well for his first Major Championship.
For any doubters who thought Spieth wouldn't have much more success in 2013 after the win, he qualified for all four of the 2013 FedEx Cup Playoffs. And U.S. Presidents Cup Captain Fred Couples was so impressed by this young player that he selected him as a one of his two captain's picks for the team.
2013 John Deere Classic - Leaderboard
- Jordan Spieth -19 (265)*
- Zach Johnson -19 (265)
- David Hearn -19 (265)
- Martin Flores -18 (266)
- Jerry Kelly -18 (266)