12th July 2012
John Deere Classic Betting: Jonathan Byrd can become a two time champion in the John Deere
With the British Open next week it is probably no surprise that the field for the John Deere Classic in Illinois isn’t the strongest ever assembled on the PGA Tour as a lot of the star names have headed across the pond to either play the Scottish Open or acclimatise ready for next week. Steve Stricker will be attempting to make history this week and win this event for a fourth straight year. He is 7/1 with Ladbrokes to do that.
The tournament will be played at the TPC Deere Run which is a par 71 and plays to a yardage of 7257 yards so it is fairly long although not by modern standards. One thing this course very much is, is open to attacking golf. The winning score here for the last three years have been at least 20 under par so you have to go low to win this week.
Stricker is obviously going to be the favourite this week with his record around here but Zach Johnson’s record isn’t too bad with two top three finishes in his last three entries into the event. He’s the 12/1 second favourite with Nick Watney 22/1 to take a win into the third major of the year next week. Ryan Palmer comes next in a predominantly American based head of the market.
It is an American I like here too. I like the 2007 winner of this tournament Jonathan Byrd. You have to make birdies around this golf course and he was ranked second in birdies at the Greenbrier Classic last week which bodes well coming into this week. We know he can handle the course having won here five years ago and with five top 10’s on Tour this year already he’s having his best year in terms of consistent results. Even allowing for Stricker’s record here I’m not sure Byrd should be 28/1 in a field this relatively weak but I shan’t complain.
Back J.Byrd to win John Deere Classic (e/w) for a 1/10 stake at 29.00 with Bet365 (1/4 1-5)
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Author: 'Arry Allsports