The John Deere classic concluded yesterday in somewhat predictable fashion. Honestly, I don’t know another tournament where two golfers (Stricker and Z. Johnson) have been so dominant. While the John Deere Classic didn’t see either Stricker or Johnson win, both turned out impressive performances. Stricker came in with a T11, while Johnson went ahead an notched a second place finish at TPC Deere Run. As for our winner, Brian Harmon notched his first career PGA tour win, and boy was it a squeaker. The race between Zach Johnson and Brian Harmon seemed to be neck and neck, and saw Harmon pull three straight birdie putts in the final five holes to secure his victory. It also helped that on Saturday, Harmon was able to notch a 65 against Johnson’s 69. The win puts Harmon just outside the top ten in the Fed Ex cup standings, as he now sits in 11th place.
For possibly the first time all year our picks were able to hold some water, albeit there were some obvious flubs (Robert Garrigus winning for Tom, Dave predicting Kevin Na to miss the cut, as well as Tom picking Ryan Moore, and I totally botched a foursome pick with Patrick Reed, who wasn’t playing) . As previously mentioned, Stricker notched a T11, while Dave’s safe bet of Jordan Spieth came in tied for 7th. Dave had the best dark horse pick, with Luke Guthrie who came in with a T27, while my prediction of Ted Potter Jr riding some Harry Potter juju grossly missed the mark.
As for how we finished:
Tom/Jon: Steve Stricker (-15, T11)
Dave: Jordan Spieth (-16, T7)
Dark Horse for the Week
Tom: J.J. Henry (-5, T63)
Dave: Luke Guthrie (-10, T27)
Jon: Ted Potter Jr. (70-71, cut)
Unlikely Player to Miss the Cut
Tom: Ryan Moore (-16, T7)
Dave: Kevin Na (-14, T13)
Jon: Brendon de Jonge (-8, T45)
Favorite to Win
Tom: Robert Garrigus (70-73, cut)
Dave: Zach Johnson (-21, Solo-2)
Jon: Steve Stricker (-15, T11)
Robert Garrigus, Steve Stricker, Zach Johnson, Russell Henley (Total Earnings: $651,028)
Dave: Steve Stricker, Zach Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Ryan Moore (Total Earnings: $903,576)
Jon: Steve Stricker, Zach Johnson, Jordan Spieth,
Patrick Reed (Total Earnings: $761,988)
Dave netted almost a cool million, picking almost exclusively top ten finishers, while Tom took an unconventional route and still broke the half a million mark. And just like that we are on to Open week. Expect a little more coverage this week as it is the 3rd major of the season.