Tractors, Raynors, and Egans

All eyes are on Illinois this week as the John Deere Classic, Senior PLAYERS Championship (Exmoor CC), and U.S. Senior Women’s Open (Chicago Golf Club) all get under way on Thursday. TPC Deere Run will be the appetizer, Chicago Golf the piece de resistance, and Exmoor the cherry on top. Many of the top-ranked players are also in Scotland in preparation for the Open Championship next week. So much golf, so little time.

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She thinks my tractor’s sexy

The John Deere Classic has become one of the more fun tournaments on the PGA Tour. Similar to The Travelers Championship, the community fully embraces the JDC and fans show out in droves.

The event does not attract the strongest field because most of the big names have already headed off to the UK for Open Championship prep. Because of this, the tournament has become a launching pad for young players and lesser-known golfers. In fact, 19 players have won their first PGA Tour event at the Deere. This includes big name players like Payne Stewart, Jordan Spieth….Tee Times

Ain’t no lie baby, Bry Bry Bry

…and Bryson DeChambeau. Last year, the tour’s intellectual bad boy notched his first career victory in his 40th PGA Tour start. DeChambeau birdied four of his final six holes to shoot 65 and eventually outlast Patrick Rodgers by a single shot for the victory. He was an extremely unexpected champion after missing his previous 8 cuts. Bryson has had the best season of his career in 2018 and looks to add a title defense to his breakout season.

Storylines

Horses, nay Deere, for Courses

TPC Deere Run is built on the foundation of Zach Johnson and Steve Stricker. Stricker won the event in 2009, 2010, and 2011 before handing the torch to Johnson, who won in 2012 and finished runner-up the following two years. Both will be in the field again this year, looking to draw on former success.

Exemptions

Dylan Meyer, Nick Hardy, Doug Ghim, Norman Xiong and NCAA Champion Broc Everett all received sponsor’s exemptions into the field this week. Hardy and Ghim are Chicago natives with Meyer also attending the University of Illinois. They will all have significant support this week.

Final Four

Four more Open Championship spots will be given out at TPC Deere Run this week. Given the tournament’s history of winners, any and every player has a chance to have a career-changing week. Four good rounds in Moline, IL has the potential to send you over to Carnoustie and one of the best tournaments in the world.

Paulie’s Picks

Outside of ZJ and Stricker, the John Deere is always a crapshoot, see who Paulie likes this week HERE.

Far and Sure

In many cases, the best golf courses in the world are situated on some of the best land in the world. Augusta National, Pine Valley, Royal County Down, Cypress Point, Sand Hills, etc.

What makes Chicago Golf Club so exceptional is that it sits on some of the flattest land you can imagine. The C.B Macdonald/Seth Raynor design uses template holes and an extraordinary amount of creativity in order to make the most of the ground. Check the site tonight for Andy Johnson’s full breakdown of the course as well as an article on some secrets of the club.

The last time the golfing public had any sort of view of the course was during the 2005 Walker Cup when Anthony Kim and co. beat the Great Britain & Ireland team 12.5 to 11.5. The inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open is the perfect occasion for the USGA to return to these hallowed grounds.

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The club is an extremely private course despite being located in one of the most populated suburbs of Chicago. It does not often open its doors to outsiders, so we highly recommend heading out to see some golf this weekend if you’re in the area.

Whiskey Business

With Carnoustie just one week away, many of the top players in the world are playing some links golf in Scotland this week. Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Patrick Reed, Phil Mickelson, and Matt Kuchar are amongst the names in the field for the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open. Played at Gullane Golf Club, this is the last (and maybe best) opportunity for players to fine-tune their links game before the Open. Tee Times

Quick Hooks

The 2019-2020 PGA Tour schedule was released on Tuesday morning. Find the full schedule HERE

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Steven Bowditch took to Twitter to find his caddy this week.

The Web.com Tour heads out west for the Utah Championship. Tee Times