Jason Day, Cameron Champ, Charles Howell III, and former champions Zach Johnson and Steve Stricker will be among the notables reviewed in Draws and Fades.
The first John Deere Classic was contested in 1971. Deane Beman, then future commissioner of the PGA TOUR, won by two strokes over Dow Finsterwald. It was a satellite event and played alongside the Ryder Cup at the end of the summer.
A year later, Beman defended his title for what was something of a second consecutive start, as the 1972 stage was the tournament’s first official edition. Incidentally, although Illinois’ Oakwood Country Club in Coal Valley (1975-1999) and TPC Deere Run in Silvis (2000-present) had carried the charge from the early days, it was the Crow Valley Country Club of across the Mississippi River in Bettendorf, Iowa. , which held the first four of what is simply called the Quad Cities Open (1971-1975).
TPC Deere Run is a par 71 that clocks in at 7,289 yards. His 21 extra yards since 2007 is due to a new tee on the par-4 first hole which can now reach 416 yards. But that’s not the only change. In fact, large-scale renovation and strategic relocation of bunkers will generate the need for updated ratings among those in the 156 estate who have played here before.
In most cases, the course hosts a shootout every year. Last year’s 69.513 scoring average was the latest in a string of bullshit at the TPC Deere Run. The course averages nearly 13 greens in regulation per lap, but the course is additionally forgiving in that it’s often among the easiest to avoid putting three bentgrass greens prepared for a 12-foot standard on the course. Stimpmeter. So, the main challenge is keeping the pedal down while navigating potentially new landing zones amid the introduction of newly positioned bunkers. The longest rough is four inches.
The savage weather the Midwest endured this spring is slipping into a true summer heat wave this week. Thursday’s high amidst sunny skies is expected to eclipse 90 degrees. The threat of bad weather will hold attention on Friday and perhaps again on Saturday before Sunday’s final takes place in conditions similar to those of the opening round, albeit in slightly cooler air.
ROB BOLTON’S CALENDAR
PGATOUR.com’s Rob Bolton recaps and previews each tournament from many perspectives. Look for his following contributions as expected.
MONDAY: Power ratings
TUESDAY*: Sleepers, draws and fades
WEDNESDAY: Preview of Pick ‘Em
SUNDAY: Medical extensions, Qualifications, Reorganization, Ranking of recruits
* – Rob is a member of PGATOUR.COM’s Expert Picks panel for PGA TOUR Fantasy Golf, which also publishes on Tuesday.