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Playing the field at the John Deere Classic

Shane Bacon
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Each week, we break down the coming week's tournament, giving you the big dogs, the sleepers, and the storylines to watch. This week, it's the John Deere Classic. Here is who we've got our eye on:

Steve Stricker: He won here a year ago, and hasn't missed a cut this season. Sure, he hasn't played as solid as he did at the first of the year, but he continues to be steady, so don't be surprised if the world number four (the only player in the top-10 in the world playing this week) brings home this title once more.

Rickie Fowler: It's crazy that in his rookie season, Fowler tends to be a threat almost every week. He missed the cut at the AT&T National, but that hasn't seemed to bother him at all at any point this season. Fowler has been in the top-10 five times, and has had a chance to win twice. Also, he might draw the largest crowds of the week, something a guy like Fowler will feed off of.

Bubba Watson: What, he can't win again? Watson's breakthrough victory two weeks ago was exactly what he needed, and with his rededication to his golf game this season, it would be no surprise if he found himself in the hunt once again.

Tim Clark: After his win at the Players, Clark's focus looked to be lost, but a tie for 12th at the U.S. Open showed he was back to business. The last time he played here, in 2008, Clark finished in the top-20.

Zach Johnson: A year ago he was runner-up in this event, and his game has come around after a shaky start to the year.

And our sleeper is ... Davis Love III: Sure, he's never won the John Deere, but landing a spot in the British Open last week after Anthony Kim and David Toms had to drop out most likely will give Davis some motivation to play well here so he's ready for St. Andrews.

Ok, now your turn. Who ya got?

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