Among its products, the Moline, Ill.-based title sponsor of the John Deere Classic manufactures a variety of earth moving equipment. Not unlike how old-school golf swings were created, golfers and their families are invited to sit behind the controls of many to play in the dirt. It's an appropriate metaphor as the field of 156 will need to dig deep and go low to contend.
TPC Deere Run surrendered the most birdies on the PGA TOUR in both 2011 and 2012. It came up one short of sharing the season high in 2010. Of the 11 par 71s utilized last year, it played as the easiest at 69.549 and ranked inside the top seven most vulnerable in fairways hit (71.68 percent), greens in regulation (71.80 percent), par-3 scoring (3.02) and par-4 scoring (3.98). Par-5 scoring averaged 4.57, good for a share of the 11th-lowest split.
During its 13 years as host of the John Deere Classic, the 7,268-yard D.A. Weibring design nestled against the Rock River in Silvis, Ill., has served as the stage for one of the five 59s recorded in PGA TOUR history (Paul Goydos, opening round, 2010) and three consecutive victories by Steve Stricker (2009-2011). The average winning aggregate is a little lower than 16-under 265. No more than 13-under 268 has come out on top.
The rough will stand right around three inches, greens average an inviting 8,000 square feet and are groomed to measure 11-12.4 on the Stimpmeter. Those are green-light metrics to post red numbers. If the winner isn't already eligible for The Open Championship, he will earn one of the final two exemptions into the major. (The champion of the Scottish Open gets the other if not otherwise exempt.)
After considerable rain in recent weeks, Mother Nature will step aside for the tournament. Primarily sunny and dry conditions are expected throughout. High temperatures will creep into the low 80s and wins are forecast to be light.
NOTE: For similar characteristics among recent winners of the John Deere Classic, please look for "Stats Suggest" in The Stats Report on Wednesday.
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