The last two weeks on the PGA Tour have produced two surprise winners and a third is probably coming. The John Deere Classic is set to tee-off on Thursday and the field is packed with players looking for their first Tour win as the majority of big-name players are taking a week off or playing in the Scottish Open. That puts Viktor Hovland and Collin Morikawa at the top of the favorites list as both come in at +1800.

The most recognizable name in the field to many fans that don’t follow the PGA with a microscope may be Zach Johnson who won the tournament in 2012. Johnson comes in outside of the top-five favorites at +2800. That’s not too bad considering the favorites start at +1800 and there are only eleven players under the +3000 mark.

Here are the top-six players to win the John Deere Classic outright according to Intertops.

 

Viktor Hovland+1800
Collin Morikawa+1800
Matthew Wolff+2200
Joaquin Niemann+2200
Sung-Jae I'm+2200

 

Zach Johnson is more than a Past Winner 

A quick look at the past winners of the John Deere Classic shows one thing – Zack Johnson has hovered around the top of the leaderboard many times. Add that little piece of info to the fact that he won this event in 2012. Over the past ten years, Johnson has won the Classic once, placed second, or been involved in a playoff for the win four times.

Johnson, as mentioned above comes into the event at +2800 due to a 2019 season that’s seen him struggle. What makes this event interesting for Johnson is that he sits on the executive committee of the Classic. This is his tournament to win. 


Golf Glance: John Deere Classic


The strangest thing about the odds heading into round one on Thursday is the fact that defending tournament winner Michael Kim is literally riding the bottom of the odds list. Kim comes in at +30000 which is hard to understand considering he went 27 under last year and finished a full eight strokes ahead of four players that came in at T2.

Here’s the breakdown for the last ten winners of the John Deere Classic. Make a note, the tournament has finished with a playoff three times in ten years. This type of field may lead to that type of result again in 2019.

 

2018Michael Kim−278 strokes over Bronson Burgoon, Joel Dahmen, Francesco Molinari, Sam Ryder
2017Bryson DeChambeau−181 stroke over Patrick Rodgers
2016Ryan Moore−222 strokes over Ben Martin
2015Jordan Spieth (2)−20Playoff with Tom Gillis
2014Brian Harman−221 stroke over Zach Johnson
2013Jordan Spieth−19Playoff with David Hearn, Zach Johnson
2012Zach Johnson−20Playoff with Troy Matteson
2011Steve Stricker (3)−221 stroke over Kyle Stanley
2010Steve Stricker (2)−262 strokes over Paul Goydos
2009Steve Stricker−203 strokes over Zach Johnson, Brett Quigley, Brandt Snedeker

 

Predicting the John Deere Classic

Zach Johnson comes into the event as a combination of a favorite as well as a dark horse. However, his game as of late has not been what it used to be. Johnson has missed the cut four times in 2019 and his best finish was T7 at his first tournament this season. He was T58 at both the Masters and the US Open. To win, Johnson will have to rein in lost strokes on both the fairway and with his putter.

Viktor Hovland is one of the favorites and this may be the weekend the young player hoists his first PGA trophy. The former Oklahoma State player, born in Norway, started 2019 slow with two missed cuts but has rebounded successfully. He’s strung together a series of great outings where he’s finished T15 or better. Hovland is beginning to show some of the natural talents that he displayed while in college. To win, Hovland will have to show that his accurate drives and improving putter are not a fluke.



Once again, it’s hard to pass over the effort and an amazing couple of weeks that Nate Lashley has had. Lashley has gone from PGA alternate to PGA Tour winner in seventeen days. His win two weeks ago was followed up by missing the cut last week at the 3M Open. However, he played pretty well going even on a tough course that knocked out plenty of players.  Lashley can win again by showing the dominating short game and mastery of the putter that gave him his first win.

A few players to watch include Charles Howell III, Kevin Tway, Cameron Champ, and Harold Varner III. Any of these players are capable of adding to their PGA resume. Don’t be surprised if all are in winning distance on Sunday. That being said, Sunday may simply come down to Kevin Na, Zach Johnson, and Viktor Hovland duking it out on Sunday.

Odds to win the 2019 John Deere Classic Outright

NOTE: Kevin Na has joined the field late but is not listed in the odds list in time for this articles deadline.

 

Viktor Hovland+1800
Collin Morikawa+1800
Matthew Wolff+2200
Joaquin Niemann+2200
Sung-Jae Im+2200
Kevin Streelman+2500
Lucas Glover+2500
Charles Howell III+2500
Brian Harman+2800
Ryan Moore+2800
Zach Johnson+2800
Daniel Berger+3000
Wyndham Clark+3500
Sam Burns+4000
Kyle Stanley+4000
Kevin Tway+4000
Bud Cauley+4500
Nate Lashley+5000
Ryan Palmer+5000
Joel Dahmen+5000
Jason Dufner+6000
Martin Laird+6600
Scott Brown+6600
Peter Malnati+6600
JT Poston+6600
Cameron Champ+6600
Cameron Tringale+6600
Mackenzie Hughes+6600
Troy Merritt+6600
Nick Watney+6600
Bronson Burgoon+6600
Vaughn Taylor+6600
Danny Lee+6600
Talor Gooch+6600
Dylan Frittelli+6600
Brian Stuard+6600
Sam Ryder+7500
Denny McCarthy+7500
Jhonattan Vegas+7500
Harold Varner III+7500
Beau Hossler+8000
Sepp Straka+8000
Nick Taylor+8000
Pat Perez+8000
Austin Cook+8000
Carlos Ortiz+8000
Joey Garber+10000
Brice Garnett+10000
Hank Lebioda+10000
Shawn Stefani+10000
Matt Jones+10000
Ryan Armour+10000
Kyoung-Hoon Lee+10000
Doc Redman+10000
Roger Sloan+10000
Russell Henley+10000
Johnson Wagner+10000
Matt Every+10000
Andrew Landry+12500
Michael Thompson+12500
Scott Stallings+12500
Luke Donald+12500
Zack Sucher+12500
Stephan Jaeger+12500
Peter Uihlein+12500
Kramer Hickok+12500
Sebastian Munoz+12500
Jonathan Byrd+12500
Andres Romero+12500
Adam Long+15000
Robert Streb+15000
Bill Haas+15000
David Hearn+15000
Alex Prugh+15000
Ted Potter+15000
Tom Hoge+15000
Roberto Diaz+15000
Tyler Duncan+15000
Adam Schenk+15000
Roberto Castro+15000
Trey Mullinax+15000
Josh Teater+15000
Curtis Luck+15000
Wes Roach+15000
Seamus Power+15000
Sam Saunders+17500
Dominic Bozzelli+17500
Brandon Harkins+17500
Anirban Lahiri+20000
Chase Wright+20000
Richy Werenski+20000
Stewart Cink+20000
Ryan Blaum+20000
Fabian Gomez+20000
Chris Stroud+20000
Cameron Davis+20000
Ollie Schniederjans+20000
Robert Garrigus+25000
Ben Silverman+25000
Kelly Kraft+25000
Michael Kim+30000

 

 

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