Unlike The Old White TPC, which underwent numerous updates after Stuart Appleby closed out the inaugural edition of The Greenbrier Classic in 2010 with a 59, TPC Deere Run has remained largely intact since Paul Goydos torched it for the same glistening aggregate to open the 2010 John Deere Classic. So it comes as no surprise that scores have remained seriously low along the banks of the Rock River in Silvis, Illinois.
TPC Deere Run is a par 35-36=71 capable of stretching 7,268 yards. It finished the 2013 season as the third-easiest par 71 at -1.603 strokes to par and yielded 1,966 par breakers (including 36 eagles), which is a six-year high on the PGA TOUR. It's also one of just two courses that has surrendered fairways-hit and greens-in-regulation percentages north of 70.00 in each of the last two years. (Monterey Peninsula Country Club's Shore Course, co-host of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, is the other.)
The par 3s, 4s and 5s at TPC Deere Run averaged under par in 2013. It was the third time in four years that all three came to rest in red numbers. And the John Deere Classic has featured (or shared) the lowest cut in relation to par in every season since 2010. So, surely you get the point that the field of 156 can be aggressive and stay aggressive.
In addition to the usual spoils for a good week, the final exemption into next week's The Open Championship is reserved for the top finisher not otherwise exempt inside the top five and ties at the John Deere Classic.
The Quad Cities has endured its fair share of rain in recent weeks, evident in the River Flood Warnings that exist throughout the area. Unfortunately, more precipitation cannot be ruled out during the tournament. Temperatures will peak in the mid-80s on Saturday and wind may add to the challenge throughout.