John Deere Classic Odds: Daniel Berger Favored Over Brian Harman

While a lot of attention is on the Scottish Open this week, there’s another tournament going down: the 2021 John Deere Classic. Last year’s event was cancelled due to COVID-19, however, things are back on track. The 2021 edition of the tournament will, once again, be played on the TPC Deere Run course in Silvis, IL and will begin on Thursday, July 8, wrapping up on Sunday, July 11.

With that being said, BetOnline has released odds heading into this week’s tournament. At +900 odds, Daniel Berger is favored to win it all for the first time. The 28-year-old golfer has competed at the John Deere Classic twice in the past, however, each event ended with completely different results. Berger played on TPC Deere Run for the first time in 2017, finishing in 5th place with a total score of 269 — which includes him scoring an impressive 63 in Round 3. Berger then competed at the tournament again in 2019, finishing in 33rd instead.

There’s no telling how Berger will perform this time around, but the good news is that he has been playing some good golf as of late. He has four top-20 finishes in his last five outings, with the most recent being when he placed T-7th at the 2021 U.S. Open on June 20. Considering how most of the top golfers won’t be competing at the John Deere Classic, this is the perfect opportunity for Berger to win his second tournament of the season.

2021 John Deere Classic Odds

Odds via BetOnline as of Tuesday, July 6

  • Daniel Berger (+900)
  • Brian Harman (+1400)
  • Sungjae Im (+1600)
  • Kevin Streelman (+1800)
  • Russell Henley (+1800)
  • Cameron Davis (+2800)
  • Si Woo Kim (+2800)
  • Seamus Power (+3000)
  • Aaron Wise (+3300)
  • Alex Noren (+3300)
  • Maverick McNealy (+3300)

Complete odds list available at BetOnline.ag.

Harman Looking for Second Win

Brian Harman (+1400) will be one of the handful of golfers in attendance who’ve won the John Deere Classic in the past. His own victory came in 2014 when he defeated Zach Johnson by a single stroke. Seven years later and Harman is looking to become the seventh multi-time winner in the event’s history.

While Harman hasn’t won a tournament yet this tour, he’s still managed to place well over his last few events. He has two top-10 finishes in his last three competitions and could be riding some momentum from when he placed T-5th at the Travelers Championship on June 27. Harman’s recent hot streak combined with his experience at the John Deere Classic is the reasons why he has the 2nd-best odds to win this week. Only time will tell him he can prove oddsmakers correct.

Can Stricker Make History at the John Deere Classic?

At +4500 odds, Steve Stricker is somewhat of a long shot to win in Silvis this week. However, odds are never a guarantee and the fact that the 54-year-old veteran has a shot at making history could push him towards a victory. Only two people have won the John Deere Classic three times: D.A. Weibring and Stricker, who won his three John Deere Classic championships consecutively between 2010 and 2012. Now, the latter has the opportunity to be the first to do it four times.

While Stricker hasn’t performed too well on the actual PGA Tour in 2021, he’s been dominating the Champions Tour. Stricker’s finished top-3 in five of his last seven tournaments and just won the SENIORS PLAYERS Championship just under two weeks ago. Obviously, the PGA Tour and Champions Tour are two different things. However, most of the high-end competition is absent this week, which means this could be Stricker’s best shot at returning to the top.

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Devon Platana
After graduating with a Masters degree in Journalism, Devon joined USGS to improve his sports writing skills. As a lifelong sports fan, one of Devon’s favorite things to do is analyze statistics across all sports.