John Deere Classic Picks 2022: Best Bets, Props, Sleepers

Sahith Theegala plays his shot from the second tee during the third round of the Farmers Insurance
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Dubbs Anderson, former PGA Tour caddy and host of the Props Golf podcast, is back following a spot-on betting performance at the Travelers Championship. Reaching for those “plus-money peaches”, Anderson offers his top John Deere Classic picks, best bets, props, and sleepers. The event starts the morning of Thursday, June 30 — so read up and get those picks in.

In addition to this betting preview, Anderson will release an episode late Friday night in which he will offer his favorite wagering opportunities heading into the weekend, so be sure to subscribe to Props Golf on Youtube, Spotify, or Apple Podcasts.

With that, here are Dubbs’ top John Deere Classic picks and best bets across the golf betting markets.

Odds updated as of 10 a.m. ET on June 28.

John Deere Classic Picks

The John Deere Classic will be played at TPC Deere Run in Illinois. Lucas Glover won this event in 2021, and he holds 45-1 odds to claim the top spot this time around. Recent winners of this tournament also include Dylan Frittelli (2019), Michael Kim (2018), Bryson DeChambeau (2017), and Ryan Moore (2016).

As Dubbs noted on the podcast, this is a shorter course with long greens that rewards solid positional play. TPC Deere Run also benefits the short-game players who have a knack for accuracy and precision with their approach. With that in mind, strokes gained around the green, strokes gained on approach, and strokes gained putting are the most important metrics to monitor heading into this event.

The following are abbreviated, edited excerpts of Anderson’s analysis from his latest episode of Props Golf, which he hosts twice weekly. For full analysis, you can view the full episode at the bottom of this article.

Sahith Theegala Outright Winner (+2200)

Sahith Theegala plays from the 13th tee
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Best odds available: +2200 at FanDuel Sportsbook

Dubbs’ Take: Theegala had an impressive outing last week in the Travelers Championship with his tie for second place, and Dubbs expects him to keep that momentum going. Even though this is his first season on the PGA, the rookie has five top 10 finishes to his name, so taking down this event would come as no surprise.

Let’s consider his PGA rankings up to this point:

  • 76th in strokes gained off the tee,
  • 78th in strokes gained on approach
  • 64th in strokes gained around the green

In other words, Theegala has a solid all-around game. If his putter gets hot, then there’s a chance he competes for the win.

Anirban Lahiri Outright Winner (+5000)

Anirban Lahiri watches his shot from the seventh tee
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Best odds available: +5000 at Caesars Sportsbook

Dubbs’ Take: The ultimate chess player on the golf course, Lahiri is an 18-time overall winner but has yet to get it done on the PGA Tour. This weekend could be his time to shine.

Lahiri is 38th in strokes gained off the tee and 55th in strokes gained around the green. That bodes extremely well for this course.

If you recall, Lahiri finished second at the Players Championship earlier this year, so you know he has what it takes to make a run at the top spot.

This is an overall weak field compared to previous PGA Tour events. That makes Lahiri an enticing value at 50-1 odds.

Maverick McNealy Top 20 Finish (+150)

Maverick McNealy plays his shot
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Best odds available: +150 at DraftKings Sportsbook

Dubbs’ Take: This is the “plus money peach” of the week according to Dubbs. The pick? Maverick “Top Gun” McNealy is +150 on DraftKings to finish in the Top 20. Dubbs emphasizes that this bet is too sweet to pass up.

McNealy has played in 20 events so far. He has made the cut in 16 of them. McNealy is 40th in strokes gained putting, which is important on a course like TPC Deere Run that favors the short game.

If the rising star can put together a solid weekend on this short course with soft greens that favor his accuracy, this bet could pay off big time.

The +150 odds look great at DraftKings Sportsbook.

More John Deere Classic Picks

Anderson offers additional John Deere Classic picks and other wagering-related strategies in the latest episode of Props Golf, including:

  • A 100-1 longshot winner
  • Three sleepers for outright winner bets
  • Head-to-head matchup picks
  • John Deere Classic props (playoff, hole-in-one, etc)
  • Best Bets for a Top 20/40 Finish
  • Fade plays

Watch/listen to the full episode on YouTube or simply press play on the video below. You can also listen to Props Golf on Apple, Spotify, or wherever you listen to your podcasts. Subscribe so you don’t miss when Dubbs drops his live John Deere Classic picks early on Saturday.

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