Expert picks: John Deere Classic


The PGA Tour heads to the Quad Cities for the John Deere Classic. Each week, a panel of experts will offer up their picks from four groups of players, based on Golf Channel's fantasy game, Fantasy Challenge. We will also keep track of their scores and standings. The panel includes: senior writers Rex Hoggard, Randall Mell and Jason Sobel; contributors John Hawkins and Win McMurry; editorial director Jay Coffin; 'Morning Drive' host Gary Williams and staff writer Ryan Lavner. They are joined by former 'Saturday Night Live' star Norm Macdonald, who will serve as a celebrity guest.

Rex Hoggard

Group 1: Louis Oosthuizen: Although the South African has struggled with his consistency this season, he was solid last week at the Greenbrier, another birdie-fest, posting all four rounds in the 60s and leading the field in approach shot distance to the pin.

Group 2: Ryan Moore: Another player that has struggled with his consistency this season. In his last nine starts he has two top-10 finishes (Wells Fargo Championship and Travelers Championship) and five missed cuts, but he’s never missed a cut at the Deere and tied for eighth last year in Silvis.

Group 3: Jeff Overton: The theme for success at TPC Deere Run is making birdies. Lots and lots of birdies, and Overton is one of the PGA Tour’s best at that. He ranks 41st in birdie average with 3.65 per round.

Group 4: Trevor Immelman: He’s missed six of his last seven cuts, has never played the John Deere Classic and has just one top-10 finish this season, but the South African told your scribe at the Memorial that he feels like he’s turned a corner with his game and we believe him.

Randall Mell

Group 1: Steve Stricker: Missed on the four-peat last year, but he's back on the winning tractor this year.

Group 2: Ryan Moore: Like his T-7 finish in his last start (Travelers) and his T-8 at John Deere last year.

Group 3: Matt Jones: Radiating some heat off that T-2 last weekend at the Greenbrier.

Group 4: Nick O'Hern: Showed some promising form in his last two starts, and that's enough this deep into this group.