Fantasy Island John Deere Classic

By Rex HoggardJuly 7, 2009, 4:00 pm
Jay Williamson glanced out of his hotel room window on Saturday of last years John Deere Classic and saw Air Deere, the jet tournament officials chartered to shuttle players across the Atlantic for the British Open. The journeyman was so inspired he finished tied for second to earn his first trip to the Open Championship.
Point is, Deere week is all about trusting omens.
2006 John Deere Classic

Pick a Foursome: Kenny Perry won a playoff to take last years John Deere Classic and sidestepped an exemption into the British Open on his way to Ryder Cup glory. This time around hes bound for Turnberry, which should please the golf gods, and fresh from a victory at the Travelers Championship. Hard not to pick KP.
As for Glover, he played well in his U.S. Open follow-ups and TPC Deere Run sets up well for him if he can maintain his energy.
Picks: Kenny Perry, Lucas Glover, Zach Johnson, N/A
Note: One player from four categories based on the World Golf Ranking (1-10, A; 11-20, B; 21-30, C; 31-40, D). Points awarded on money earned ($1 = 1 point).

Salary Cap: Zach Johnson is on the board of directors for the John Deere, is picking up his game in time for a playoff run and has a respectable record in Silvis, Ill. As for Beckman, the Deere has a history of producing last-minute British Open intrigue (see Williamsons whirlwind ride to Royal Birkdale last year) and hes due following a solid week at Congressional and T-12 last year at the Deere.
Lee qualified for the Deere with his top-10 finish at the AT&T National, but hes running out of sponsor exemptions ' as a non-member he gets just 12 starts ' and needs a big week
Picks: Kenny Perry, Zach Johnson, Brandt Snedeker, Cameron Beckman, Danny Lee (Total: $9.34 million)
Note: Five players with a $10 million cap based on 2008 earnings. Rookies without 2008 earnings will be priced at $250,000. Standings based on overall team earnings.

Pick One: Kenny Perry. At 49 years of age, Perry dedicated himself this year to reaching 20 Tour wins and has added two more titles to his total (FBR Open and Travelers). TPC Deere Run is almost as familiar to him as that Kentucky blue grass, with just one finish out of nine starts outside the top 25.
Note: Players must be picked before the start of the season and used only once. Standings based on total earnings.
In addition to my PGA Tour Pick One, the staff will be offering up their picks to win. A player can be picked a maximum of five times. We will be keeping a running tally of the monies earned each week. The participants include: Jay Coffin, Editorial Director; Mercer Baggs, Editorial Manager; Brian Koressel, Senior Producer; Dena Davis, Assistant Editor; Erik Peterson, Travel Editor; Jerry Foltz, special contributor.

NamePlayer PickReasonMoney
Rex HoggardDavis Love IIIDL3 is playing well (T-5, T-16 in his last two starts), is gearing up for Turnberry and, after watching close friend Lucas Glover win the U.S. Open, motivated to get on the board.$2,831,602
Jay CoffinKevin SutherlandNot as much of a stretch as youd think. Sutherland has finished in the top 10 three of the last six years and has only missed two cuts on Tour this year.$4,976,839
Mercer BaggsKenny PerryIm sure Im not alone in this pick, but there dont seem to be a lot of options this week.$5,606,561
Erik PetersonKenny Perry Will rise above murmurs of, Shouldnt you be, like, prepping for a major right now?$4,679,052
Brian KoresselKenny PerryJohn Deere and Kenny Perry go together like Jack and Diane, apple pie and ice cream, rum and coke, etc...$4,833,599
Dena DavisRyan MooreThe former U.S. Am champ had the best summer EVER in '05. Four years later, he's (finally!) putting together another nifty summer. He'll have lots to say about what he did over summer vacation when he notches his first tour win Sunday. $4,360,949
Jerry FoltzRobert AllenbyHe breaks back into the winners circle this week after so many past disappointments. Kind of like my year of fantasy picks.$4,322,307


Related Links:
  • Full Coverage - John Deere Classic
  • Golf Channel Airtimes
  • Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

    By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

    ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

    Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

    ''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

    They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

    ''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

    Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

    ''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

    Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

    Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

    Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

    Getty Images

    Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

    Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

    Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

    Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

    Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

    The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

    Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

    By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

    JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

    Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

    Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

    Getty Images

    Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

    Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

    The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.