Past champ Zach Johnson looks to get on track heading into the British Open
The 2019 John Deere Classic starts tomorrow, July 11, and runs through July 14, at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill. That means it's time to pick your optimal DraftKings fantasy golf lineup. Fortunately, our fantasy golf experts are ready to help.
Here's what our best 2019 John Deere Classic lineup looks like:
Sungjae Im ($9,700)
Don't despair at the prospect of a Tiger-less Tour; the kids are alright. Last weekend saw 20-year-old Matthew Wolff take the big trophy in inimitable fashion, and while Wolff and the awkward genius of his game-changing swing present a tempting target (as do fellow diaper dandies Viktor Hovland, Collin Morikawa and Justin Suh), we'll go with another relative toddler who keeps cashing big checks. 21-year-old Sungjae Im leads the Tour in rounds in the 60s with 48, and he has a more-than-respectable six top 10s and 13 top 25s this season. He's made his last five cuts, with four showings of T21 or better in that span.
Zach Johnson ($9,600)
TPC Deere Run is the perfect medicine for what ails ZJ. In the midst of a dismal year — he sits at 140th in FedExCup points — Johnson returns to familiar turf, a course where he is at his most comfortable and a tournament where he sits on the board of directors. The 2012 John Deere champion, Johnson has posted top 5s in five of his last seven outings at TPC Deere Run and has shot par or better in 45 of his last 46 rounds at the Tour stop closest to his Iowa roots.
Scott Brown ($8,300)
Continuing the course horse theme, Brown is six-for-seven in cuts at the Deere, and all six of those made cuts resulted in top 25s, including T12 in 2016 and T16 last year. He's coming off a solid 68-65-68-69 at the 3M, one his of five top-15 finishes on the season.
Troy Merritt ($7,500)
Merritt's coming off his best showing since early October, a T7 at the 3M. He's comfortable on the bentgrass greens he'll find at Deere Run, and he had a great week with the putter in the Twin Cities.
Denny McCarthy ($7,500)
Would it surprise you to learn that McCarthy is leading the PGA Tour in SG: Putting? I don't mind admitting that it surprised me. D-Mac could ride that great equalizer and mistake eraser to a solid showing this week, as he did with a T21 at the Rocket Mortgage and a T23 at the 3M.
Johnson Wagner ($7,200)
Wagner's distinctive stache comes and goes, but his proficiency with the putter (23rd in SG: Putting) remains. He's also 7th in GIR, and he's coming off a T23 at the 3M Open, where he shot four rounds in the 60s. He's posted T16 or better in four of his last five Deeres, including a T5 in both 2015 and 2016. Not a bad value pick.