July 9 2013
Defending champion Zach Johnson has long said the John Deere Classic is his fifth major -- and it's a pretty safe bet he'll command a huge gallery there this week.
But there are lots of other interesting match-ups to watch at TPC Deere Run and here are some of the ones PGATOUR.COM has its sights on. Use the Comments section below to let us know your favorites.
Ken Duke, Harris English and Kevin Streelman: Duke, English and Streelman picked up the first wins of their careers this year at the Travelers Championship, FedEx St. Jude Classic and the Tampa Bay Championship presented by EverBank, respectively. Streelman has had the most success at the John Deere Classic, though, with two top-10s in three starts.
Jonas Blixt, Nick Watney and Louis Oosthuizen: Blixt certainly has momentum after winning The Greenbrier Classic on Sunday and earning a trip to the British Open, which will be his first major start. Watney and Oosthuizen also found something to build on at The Old White TPC -- with the former firing a 65 in the third round and the South African shooting four rounds in the 70s for the first time all season.
Zach Johnson, Steve Stricker and Davis Love III: All eyes will be on this group with two of the tournament's favorite sons and a World Golf Hall of Famer in Love. Johnson is defending his title -- and has two other top-3 finishes in the last four years -- while Stricker won the three years prior. Love, who tied for ninth last week at The Greenbrier Classic, needs to win to earn a spot in the British Open.
D.A. Points, Keegan Bradley, Charles Howell III: Howell missed the cut last week and was edged out of a qualifying spot at Muirfield through the FedExCup rankings. So he needs to win the John Deere Classic to punch his ticket to Scotland. Bradley is making his John Deere Classic debut while Points grew up in Pekin, Ill., which is about 90 minutes away.