The Sleeper Report: Fantasy Golf Sleepers, Long Shots, and Undervalued Picks for The 2017 John Deere Classic
The John Deere Classic Fantasy Sleeper Preview
For 54 holes, it looked like the PGA and European Tour winners last weekend were going to be Sebastian Munoz and Daniel Im: combined career wins of zero, and both available at odds of greater than 150/1 with the sportsbook.
In the end, common sense prevailed before the worlds of daily fantasy and sports betting fell in on themselves. Two outstanding young talents overhauled the unfancied duo, and while you may know a bit about a certain Mr. J. Rahm already, for some Xander Schauffele is an exotic new name on the tongue.
But not for much longer. After a slippery, below-the-radar T5 at the US Open, Schauffele has maintained his fine form and exquisite ball striking, and at the Greenbrier Classic he got his just desserts: a first PGA TOUR title in his rookie year, joining Mackenzie Hughes, Cody Gribble and Wesley Bryan in the winners’ circle.
Will another young buck take down this week’s tournament, the John Deere Classic? The history books would suggest not, with two veterans (Steve Stricker and Zach Johnson) dominating the event and two young men who play golf like old guys (Ryan Moore and Jordan Spieth) the most recent champions.
But with one qualifying place remaining for the British Open, which tees off on June 20, the incentive is there for a player of any age to join the field at Royal Birkdale.
What will they need to do to perform well at TPC Deere Run? With that list of former winners outlined above, it will come as no surprise to learn that accurate ball striking and decent putting are absolute pre-requisites. We’re back on Par 71 territory at a sprightly 7,268 yards, with Bentgrass greens keeping the players honest.
The average winning score here has been -20 in the recent past, so the players are well capable of over-powering the course. Indeed, a pair of the Par 4s are driveable – will that be a difference-maker come Sunday?
This is a thin field so finding betting value is tricky, but here’s a selection of sleepers who might just come up with the goods.
The John Deere Classic Fantasy Sleeper Report
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