TPC Deere Run is a 7,268 yard par-71 layout that features three par 5s, four par 3s and 11 par 4s. As a general rule, it will take something well under par to win, with at least 20-under needed in four of the last five years. Anytime numbers go that low, putting stats and Par Breakers deserve a hard look.
Here is a look at the winners and runners-up in this event dating back to 2005:
- 2005 - Sean O'Hair (16-under 268) over Robert Damron and Hank Kuehne (269)
- 2006 - John Senden (265) over J.P. Hayes (266)
- 2007 - Jonathan Byrd (266) over Tim Clark (267)
- 2008 - Kenny Perry (268) over Brad Adamonis and Jay Williamson in a playoff.
- 2009 - Steve Stricker (264) over Zach Johnson, Brett Quigley and Brandt Snedeker (267)
- 2010 - Steve Stricker (258) over Paul Goydos (260)
- 2011 - Steve Stricker (262) over Kyle Stanley (263)
- 2012 - Zach Johnson (264) over Troy Matteson in a playoff
- 2013 - Jordan Spieth (265) over David Hearn and Zach Johnson in a playoff
There's a little bit of everything on that list of players above, but what stands out is the quality of the winners in what is normally a pretty weak field. With the exception of Spieth, all of the other winners have won multiple times on the PGA TOUR and many of them have played on various Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup teams. The list of second-place finishers isn't nearly as impressive, which demonstrates that a dark horse can certainly make a run.
As I break down the stats, I expect to take a hard look at SGP, Par Breakers, Par 4 Scoring average and a few other metrics. The normal blend of course history and current form will also be examined.
We will return tomorrow with the Power Ranking. Until then, happy research!