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2013 John Deere Classic - Predictions & TV Schedule

posted Jul 6, 2013, 9:15 PM by Simon Nguyen

The 2013 John Deere Classic is scheduled for July 11 -14 at The TPC Deere in Quad Cities, Illinois. This PGA Tour event is played the week prior to the Open Championship. The defending champion is Zach Johnson. Below are TV schedule and predictions for 2013 John Deere Classic. 

TV Schedule

*Subject to change, errors

Tournament course: The TPC Deere
Yardage: 7257 (Par 71)
2012 Winner's score: 264 (-20) *Playoff

Thursday July 11 - Round 1 - Golf Channel (3 PM ET)
Friday July 12 - Round 2 - Golf Channel (3 PM ET)
Saturday July 13 - Round 3 - CBS (3 PM ET)
Sunday July 14 - Final Round - CBS (3 PM ET)

Live stream on NBC Sports Live Extra

Predictions

1. Winner's Prediction: Steve Stricker. If I were to to give the John Deere Classic a nickname, I would call it "Shootout in Deere Country" and it is for a good reason. The last three winning scores at this event were all 20 under par or better. When a course is this vulnerable to attack, it essentially becomes a putting contest. Players who putt well or hit lots of greens or both usually dominate this tournament. It should not come as a surprise that master putter Steve Stricker won the John Deere Classic three times in a row (2009-11) and holds the tournament record. Also, defending champion Zach Johnson is an accomplished putter and iron player. With this year's field as weak as it is, I don't see anybody who could match Stricker in terms of iron game and putting. For people who are concerned that the lack of starts would affect Stricker's play, his record this year speaks for itself. In only seven events this season, the American has two runner-ups and two other top-10 finishes. Note that most of these are elite tournaments with strong fields. I would be really surprised if he does not win or seriously contend this week.

2. Dark Horse: Greg Chalmers. While the Australian has not shown much this year aside from a T4 at the Tampa Bay Championship, he is among the tour leaders in putting. It's just that he has not been on the greens frequently enough to take advantage of his strength. But that could change on an inviting course like the TPC Deere. We have seen stretches this year where players came from no where to win tournaments. If Ken Duke, Derek Ernst and John Merrick could win on the PGA Tour, why can't Chalmers (who won the Australian Open twice) also win one? I am rooting for the veteran player this week.

3. Player to Watch: Louis Oosthuizen. The 2010 Open champion's year has been slight disappointing to this point. Oosthuizen started the year well with a win on the European Tour, but has since retreated with a string of poor finishes. In 10 starts on the PGA Tour this season, the South African failed to make the weekend half of the times. This is partly due to injuries, but it is still disappointing. Still, his game has shown signs of recovery recently. At the unofficial event CVS Caremark Charity Classic, he finished 9th with two strong rounds in the 60s. He followed up with a solid performance at the Greenbrier. Four rounds at the easy TPC Deere should really help his preparations for the Open championship. It will be interesting to watch how he will perform this week.

4. Top Favorites: 1. Steve Stricker | 2. Keegan Bradley (Course debut, strong short game) | 3. Harris English (Excellent putter, great confidence from his breakthrough win) | 4. Jordan Spieth (Best young player without a win, can go really low) | 5. Boo Weekley (Comeback season, good GIR).


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