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It’s kind of tough to give a nod to the guy who has played the most PGA Tour events this season as the one who would finally break through in his 27th event of the year, but that’s exactly what Danny Lee did to win The Greenbrier Classic. The good news is that we had Kevin Kisner for you, though he unfortunately lost his third playoff this season, becoming the first player since Horton Smith in 1937 to earn that unfortunate distinction.
This week’s John Deere Classic is not a Grade A event, but it does have some very solid names taking part and should make for an interesting tournament.
On to the picks!
1. Jordan Spieth — Best player on the planet that can walk on two feet (sorry, Rory). He’s playing this out of a sense of commitment to a tournament that gave him an exemption as an amateur. Site to his first PGA Tour win in 2013. Winning isn’t the objective, but getting in contention is, like he did at Memorial before the U.S. Open.
2. Kevin Kisner — Eventually, this guy is going to catch a break and win — hopefully, in regulation. Kisner is playing far to well to fade him now.
3. Zach Johnson — Zach Johnson has been on the medal stand here in five of his last six starts. This is a total horse-for-course pick and he leads the B-flight.
4. Steve Stricker — Stricker has seen very limited action this year, but this event is a special week for him. Home to a near 59 of his, Stricker won here from 2009-11 and has been in the top 11 in the three years since. Just pick him and ignore the missed cut at Greenbrier.
5. Tony Finau — We’re going to keep nagging you about Tony Finau until you take notice. He was T-13 at Greenbrier for a seventh-consecutive top-25 finish. C’mon, man. Pick him.
6. Patrick Rodgers — Rodgers has been on the fringe of contention heading into each of the last two Sundays and failed to hold up. However, he’s consistently putting himself in position in shootout-type events. That bodes well here, as does a T-15 in 2013.
7. Brian Harman — Harman broke through here last year for his first PGA Tour win and nearly had another at Travelers a couple of weeks ago. Combined, the Georgia lefty is worth a strong look.
8. Ryan Moore — Moore has turned TPC Deere Run into a solid ATM, never missing a cut in six starts and boasting a pair of top-eight finishes in his last three Deere starts.
9. Steven Bowditch — Bowditch is playing sneaky good golf right now, with top-15 finishes in his last two starts. He also has a pair of top-12 finishes in his last two Deere starts.
10. Robert Streb — Strebber impressed with the wedge-putter, but he’s been playing great golf overall with four top-20 finishes — including two top-four efforts — in his last five PGA Tour starts.
My DraftKings team for this week:
1. Steven Bowditch — $9,100
2. Robert Streb — $9,000
3. Tony Finau — $8,500
4. Daniel Summerhays — $8,100
5. Patrick Rodgers — $8,000
6. Chez Reavie — $7,100