Fantasy Aces: John Deere Classic
WEEK 25, MATCH 1: Jim McCabe ($6,574,185; 10-12-2) vs. Lance Ringler ($4,234,710; 13-10-1)
John Deere Classic
Site: Silvis, Ill.
Courses: TPC Deere Run (7,268 yards, par 71)
Purse: $4.4 million
Winner’s share: $792,000
Best bet: Jason Bohn. This has been a year for double winners – Justin Rose, Ernie Els, Jim Furyk. Here's a hunch that Jason Bohn joins the parade.
Ace up my sleeve: Brett Quigley. Sooner or later, he's going to break through, so why not with a trip to St. Andrews on the line?
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Best bet: Tim Clark. He was a runner-up here in 2007 and comes into this week’s event in good form with a recent victory at The Players Championship and a T-12 at the U.S. Open.
Ace up my sleeve: Rickie Fowler. Why not? He has been in the hunt a few times already in his short PGA Tour career. He missed the cut last week, but soon Fowler is going to get it done and against a lesser field, you would expect the rookie to have a good shot.
WEEK 25, MATCH 2: Jeff Babineau ($4,579,321; 10-10-4) vs. Sean Martin ($6,450,719; 11-12-1)
Best bet: Zach Johnson. OK, so a bunch of the top guys are already across the pond or taking the week off getting ready for St. Andrews, so this is Zach’s time to shine. He played well at the Deere last year and he’s a Midwest guy who actually could put one of those winner’s tractors to good use.
Ace up my sleeve: Daniel Chopra. Having a rough season, but should pull some confidence out of a solid week at Aronimink (T-11) and plays well at the Deere, where he has two top 10s the last three years. Hey, he’s an international guy and a British Open spot (highest top-5 finisher not otherwise exempt) garners a ticket to St. Andrews, so that’s one more carrot on the stick.
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Best bet: Tim Clark. IAfter the winning The Players for his first career PGA Tour victory, Tim Clark said, “At least (the media) had something to write about before. Now I’m just another guy with a win.” Another victory would be the quickest way for Clark to get back in the headlines. He finished second at the Deere in 2007.
Ace up my sleeve: Rickie Fowler. His first win is going to come sooner than later. The Deere is a great opportunity.