3 Best Bets for the John Deere Classic

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Ryan Hannable @RyanHannable Jun 29, 2022, 9:52 AM

Undoubtedly, this week’s field at the John Deere Classic isn’t the strongest. Just two of the top 75 players in the world golf rankings are in the field, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some good options for golf betting.

TPC Deere Run is one of the easiest courses the Tour plays on all year. It has hosted the event yearly since 2000, and the worst winning score has been 16-under par. Additionally, the winning score has been 20-under or better 10 times. 

There will be a ton of birdies, which is something to consider when deciding on players to back.

Another thing to consider is TPC Deere Run is similar to TPC River Highlands with tree-lined fairways and not very long in length. So players who played well last week at the Travelers Championship have an excellent chance to carry that over this week.

Here are three of my best bets for the week.

Nick Hardy Top-10 Finish +300

Hardy, a PGA Tour rookie, suffered a wrist injury at the end of April, but since his return a few weeks ago, he has been excellent. He’s played in three events and finished T-35 at the RBC Canadian Open, T-14 at the U.S. Open, and T-8 last week at the Travelers Championship.

His game is trending in the right direction, and with a weak field at a course he’s suited to play well at, do not be surprised to see Hardy at the top of the leaderboard again. 

Martin Laird Top-20 Finish +200

Laird has had great success at the John Deere Classic. He’s one of 11 players who haven’t missed a cut at the event in the last five years (minimum of three starts). Par-5s will also play a significant role in the event, and he’s in the top 10 among players in the field when it comes to par-5 scoring on holes 550-600 yards.

Not to mention, the 39-year-old is coming off a T-13 finish at the Travelers Championship.

Nate Lashley Top-20 Finish +250

The 39-year-old is quietly one of the most consistent players on Tour of late. He’s put together seven top-30 finishes in his last 10 starts, including a top 25 last week. Lashley is in the top 10 in the field when it comes to Birdie or Better Gained, which is one of the more important stats of the week.

Additionally, in his one career PGA Tour win (2019 Rocket Mortgage Classic), he finished with a score of 25-under par. He can make birdies in bunches, which should serve him well this week.

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Ryan Hannable

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Ryan Hannable is a copy editor on the Web Content Team for BetMGM. Previously, he was a New England Patriots beat writer for WEEI in Boston. He also has published a golf book, “The Ultimate Book of Golf Trivia: 600 Questions and Answers.”

Ryan Hannable is a copy editor on the Web Content Team for BetMGM. Previously, he was a New England Patriots beat writer for WEEI in Boston. He also has published a golf book, “The Ultimate Book of Golf Trivia: 600 Questions and Answers.”