If you bellyached about the strength of field at last week's Greenbrier Classic, well, don't look at the roster of talent for this week's event. Things are about as diluted as they get at the John Deere Classic, with top players either preparing for next week's British Open or playing in the Scottish Open on the European Tour.
This will be the only tournament this year where Daniel Berger and Brian Harman are two of the four highest-priced golfers (two highest-priced, in fact). Soft pricing (only four players priced over $10,000) should allow you to fill your roster with whoever you like this week.
7,268-yard, par-71 TPC Deere Run plays host this week. A 1999 D.A. Weibring design, the Illinois course is aesthetically pleasing but not difficult.
Don't worry too much about course layout this week, as TPC Deere Run is an absolute birdie fest that doesn't preference distance off the tee. If you're cooking up a preferred statistical stew, strokes: gained: putting and birdie or better percentage have to lead the way, with a seasoning of proximity to the hole.
Creme de la Creme
Charley Hoffman: $9,700
It's been feast or famine for Charley at TPC Deere Run. The Las Vegas native missed the cut in each of his last two attempts, but finished top 15 in 2008 and 2009. He hasn't teed it up here since 2013. Expect that to drive his ownership down a tad. Recent form is excellent with top-10 showings at the U.S. Open and the Travelers Championship. While he's a horrendous putter, Charley Hoffman still manages to place 32nd in birdie average thanks to stellar approach play.