Experts' Picks: John Deere Classic

July, 6, 2011
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Each week of the PGA Tour season, our experts will share their insights into which players fit the criteria for our four categories below: Birdie Buster, Horse for the Course, Super Sleeper and Winner.

This week's tournament: The John Deere Classic, TPC Deere Run, Silvis, Ill.

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ESPN.com golf writer Bob Harig

Birdie Buster: Charles Howell. He got a spot in the British Open last week at the AT&T National with a solid final round that earned him a tie for third, his second in a row.

Horse for the Course: Jonathan Byrd. The 2007 winner of the John Deere, Byrd loves TPC Deere Run, where he has never missed a cut in seven tries and has 24 of his 28 rounds under par.

Super Sleeper: Paul Goydos. He made history at the John Deere a year ago when he opened the tournament with a 59, but the two-time tour winner has been mostly quiet since.

Winner: Steve Stricker. The two-time defending champion has karma on his side. He drove from his Wisconsin home to John Deere media day the morning after his win last month at the Memorial.


ESPN.com senior golf editor Kevin Maguire

Birdie Buster: Steve Stricker
You don't win back-to-back John Deere Classics without making a birdie or two. A 60 in the opening round last year and a 62 in Round 3 are proof enough he can go low at TPC Deere Run.

Horse for the Course: Jerry Kelly
The Wisconsin native heads south to Silvis, Ill., having finished no worse than T-30 at the JDC, with a top result of T-3 in 2003.

Super Sleeper: Louis Oosthuizen
A lover of all things John Deere, the reigning British Open winner is enamored with the product line. For real. Granted, it's the first time he'll be teeing it up at the Deere, which is why he fits this category.

Winner: Jason Day
The rising star preps for the year's third major next week in England with a stop in our nation's heartland. Day has finished second in the year's first two majors, so he knows how to prepare for the biggest events, starting this week west of Chicago.

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