John Deere Classic Tips: Each-way bets for the last PGA Tour event before the Open!

Can Zach go back-to-back?

It's no kind of Open warm-up but a decent field has gathered in Illnois for the John Deere Classic and the BB golf team are looking to gain a few pre-Muirfield shekels with the following five selections...

"Zach Johnson has a great record at Deere Run and he was out of form last year when he won."

Paul Krishnamurty - Back Kyle Stanley @ 71.070/1
Despite letting me down badly last week with a catastrophic opening round 77, I'm giving Kyle Stanley another chance at 70/1. A follow-up 68 showed his game can't be in terrible shape, and ultimately three top-six finishes from his last eight starts are good numbers. At a venue where course form really seems to matter, Stanley's previous efforts at John Deere Run bode very well, having finished 19th last year and runner-up in 2011. 

Dan Geraghty - Back Luke Guthrie @ 71.070/1
Like Paul Krishnamurty, I'm keeping faith with my selection that missed the cut last week. Luke Guthrie followed his opening round 73 with a second round 68 at the Greenbrier Classic, alas he just failed to make the cut. This week the rookie returns to the venue that saw his best PGA Tour performance of last year, when he finished fifth after a final round 64. Guthrie's back to back victories last year followed a missed cut; he's been handed a Thursday morning tee time with in-form teenager Jordan Spieth and there's every reason to expect a strong performance this week.

Steven Rawlings - Back Zach Johnson @ 23.022/1
Zach Johnson's form hasn't been great since he finished third when defending his Crowne Plaza Invitational back in May but that doesn't put me off. The defending champion has a great record at Deere Run and he was out of form last year when he won. He has a history of putting up bold title defences and at 23.022/1 he's a very fair price to do so again here.

Joe Dyer - Back KJ Choi @ 61.060/1 
The Punter says we need an experienced golfer to win the John Deere. Driving distance and accuracy is irrelevant, but our man must be a dead-eyed chipper and nerveless putter to win this birdie fest. In which case, step forward KJ Choi. The PGA Tour veteran's strength is still world-class on and around the greens and knows how to win a tournament. Thirteenth at Oakwood last year shows he can play the course. 

Mike Norman - Back John Senden @ 51.050/1
John Senden should have fond memories of TPC Deere Run as his only victory on Tour came here way back in 2006. In the seven years that have passed, this talented Aussie has recorded another three top-15 finishes in this event and has been under par at the venue in 27 of his last 32 rounds. Another top-15 finish was achieved at the US Open recently and he strikes me as a player that can go well now that he is back playing on a course that clearly suits his game.

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