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Fantasy Island John Deere Classic

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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 GolfChannel.com 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.
 
STAFF PICKS:

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

 

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