John Deere Classic Tips: A quartet of selections from the opening round 3-balls

Dan is opposing Zach Johnson in his opening round three-ball
Dan is opposing Zach Johnson in his opening round three-ball

Some quality players are in action on the PGA Tour in the final tournament before next week's Open Championship, and our man Dan Geraghty has selected a quartet of first round three-balls for you to consider...

Recommended Bets

Back Danny Lee @ 4.3100/30 (19:00)

Back Steve Stricker @ 2.962/1 (13:50)

Back Vijay Singh @ 2.915/8 (14:00)

Lay Zach Johnson @ 1.748/11 (18:50)

Danny Lee's game looked in fantastic shape last week when he scored an overdue first PGA Tour success at the Greenbrier Classic. He was one of only a handful of players consistently attacking pins on the weekend and ran out a deserved winner. The victory got him into next week's Open Championship but it's his playing partner Jordan Spieth who's mind is likely to be wondering to thoughts of the Claret Jug. Given how well he's swinging the club, Lee looks overpriced as the outsider of his three-ball this week; he's gone low at the John Deere Classic before, back him to finish day one on top at 4.3100/30.

Steve Stricker has spoken recently of his contentment with his 'semi retirement' from golf. The 48-year-old has intentionally greatly reduced his schedule over the last couple of years and once again will not be teeing it up at next weeks Open Championship; however, Stricker still has much to offer and it's hopeful that last week's narrow missed cut at the Greenbrier will have knocked the rust from his game. The American looks a wonderful price this week at a tournament he's dominated over the years, winning three times and finishing in the top 12 in each of the last six years. Last weeks playoff disappointments Robert Streb and Kevin Kisner complete the three-ball.

Vijay Singh will miss another Open Championship unless the big Fijian claims the sole spot available this week; the good news for Singh is that his most 'recent' John Deere Classic form is exemplary; he was fourth the last time he was here in 2004 and emerged victorious the year before. Despite passing 50 years of age, Singh is determined to remain on the main tour for as long as possible and there have been glimpses of his form returning this year. I remain a firm believer and with his wonderful course form and a weakish field, this week is as good a time as any to post a high finish. Playing partners Mark Wilson and John Merrick have been no great shakes at the John Deere Classic in recent years.

Given his recent form and John Deere form Zach Johnson is clearly a worthy favourite for his day one three-ball with Stewart Cink and David Toms; however, three-balls are often a law unto themselves and given his price, 1.758/11, I'm more than happy to take a chance laying the American. It's probably fair to say Cink and Toms' best days are behind them, but both are still very capable golfers, Toms was 20th last time out at the Travelers and opened this tournament last year with a 65. while Cink has shot many a round in the 60's in his career at the Deere run.


Recommended Bets

Back Danny Lee @ 4.3100/30 (19:00)
Back Steve Stricker @ 2.962/1 (13:50)
Back Vijay Singh @ 2.915/8 (14:00)
Lay Zach Johnson @ 1.748/11 (18:50)


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2015 Two/Three-Ball P&L

+30.08pts

*Based on one point per selection

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